The summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved grilled meals.The weather is a bit cooler and I am finding inspiration for grilled meals everywhere. The other day my kids and I went to a popular salad shop. They were amazed at all of the selections for salad toppings and add-ins. The idea of creating their own salad made them excited to eat their meal. I thought to myself, “how can I take this concept and turn it into a warm meal for my family?” Enter the baked potato bar. If you are looking for baked potato bar ideas then you have landed at the right place. The great thing about the baked potato bar is you can customize your potato bar based on the tastes and preferences of your family and guests. For baked potato bar ideas consider the following toppings:
- sour cream
- several types of shredded cheeses
- pizza sauce
- sliced pepperoni
- seasoned taco meat
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- chopped green onion
For our baked potato bar I opted to make my entire meal on the grill using Reynolds Wrap. To begin I washed six baked potatoes and scored them along the top. I then wrapped each potato individually in Reynolds Wrap and baked them on medium-high heat on the grill for 45 minutes. I also cooked the seasoned taco meat, bacon and broccoli in the Reynolds Wrap foil wraps to keep all of the cooking outdoors and on the grill.
- For the seasoned taco meat I added taco seasoning and some liquid to a tightly wrapped foil pack.
- For the broccoli I placed the broccoli in an aluminum foil tent and lightly drizzled the broccoli with olive oil and some vegetable broth and pinched the foil tent tightly.
- For the bacon, I initially cooked the bacon in a foil tent and later opened the tent to crisp the bacon.
Once the potatoes and toppings were ready, I placed them on a tray next to all the other toppings and invited each family member to assemble their own potato. My youngest son went the pizza route and topped his baked potato with pepperoni, sauce and cheese. My oldest son chose broccoli, butter and bacon. My husband went the meat lovers route by topping his with taco meat, bacon, pepperoni and some cheese and I went the taco route and prepared mine like a loaded taco complete with taco meat,lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cheese. Here’s my potato from the baked potato bar. The best part is, when you’re done with your grill, just roll some foil sheets together and scrub the grill grates clean of any leftover grease and build-up and you are done. Dinner clean up was almost as easy as the prep! Burgers and hot dogs are great, but there’s more you can throw on the grill. Reynolds® can make grilling and clean-up easy with their Bakeware Pans, Parchment Paper and classic Aluminum Foil. Looking for more grill party ideas? Here’s some inspiration for what you can prepare for your next cookout, whether it’s a night for enjoying a classic burger or having a fun clam bake for your seafood-loving friends. I hope you enjoyed this fun meal and list of baked potato bar ideas. Try a baked potato bar for dinner with your family or your next get together with friends and let me know if they liked it. I can tell you the baked potato bar was a huge hit in my family. We can’t wait to try this with our friends for Football Sunday. Enjoy!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo and Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps