Baked Potato Bar

Photos: Jenny Rosenstrach

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You Have: Potatoes
You Don't Want: Mashed Potatoes
Eating mashed potatoes with some microwaved leftovers for dinner inevitably results in late-night hunger pangs (ergo, late-night snacking). But Rosenstrach reminds us how to turn the everyday staple into a real meal: the baked potato bar. While the spuds bake, you prepare the toppings, which are what this recipe is really about. Rosenstrach's favorites are often repurposed sides from a previous night: classics such as chopped or crumbled bacon, steamed broccoli florets, a few handfuls of spinach sautéed in olive oil with garlic and caramelized onions. Her trump card: Sprinkle shredded cheese (cheddar, feta or Parmesan) on top of each potato and slide them under the broiler for a minute, or so, just before serving, until the cheese bubbles. Everyone can add their own fixings (and feel wonderfully sated).

Get the recipe: Baked Potato Bar