Make dinner fun with a do-it-yourself hot potato bar.


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces, lightly steamed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup light sour cream mixed with ¼ cup light ranch salad dressing
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup pepperoni, diced
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried oregano
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro

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  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prick potatoes with a fork. Place the potatoes directly on the oven baking rack. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the potato is tender inside with poked with a fork.
  2. Remove potatoes from the oven and set aside to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place each of the hot potato toppings in separate bowls.
  3. Cut a vertical slice in the middle of each potato and pinch each of the sides to form a potato bowl.
  4. Let family members fill their potato with toppings of their choice of try one of the following hot potato combos using the ingredients listed:

Broccoli-Cheddar Potato

Broccoli, cheddar cheese, sour cream ranch dressing and bacon bits.

Pizza Potato

Pizza sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, green bell pepper, and a dash of oregano

Tex-Mex Potato

Salsa, black beans, corn, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro


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