15 Better Ways to Dress Your Naked Baked Potato

Is there a more versatile side than the baked potato? Inexpensive and easy to cook - you can bake it, microwave it, grill, cook it over an open flame or wrap it in foil and chuck it in a campfire - the baked potato is also endlessly customizable. Before we dive into it, if you need a refresher course on how to make the perfect baked potato, we have it covered.

There's no disputing the classics - butter, sour cream, chives and a pinch of salt - but we've found 15 recipes to take your baked potato and comfort food game to the next level.

1. California Fresh

The Merry Thought

In their natural state - that is, not loaded up with butter, bacon and other toppings - baked potatoes are a low-calorie, high-fiber food. The best baked potatoes for topping overload are russet potatoes.

This baked potato is piled high with just the good stuff: goat cheese, chives, tomato, cucumber, avocado and sprouts. Get the recipe here.

2. Green Bean Casserole


This recipe brings together two classic sides - baked potato and green bean casserole - for one tough-to-top tater. The perfect way to use leftovers!

What's better than a baked potato casserole, seriously? Get the recipe here.

3. Pizza Baked Potato


Pizza. Baked Potato. Enough said.

This is one of those summer recipes that is easily translated to the grill. Get the potato recipe here.

4. BLT


Piled high with crispy bacon, chives, diced tomato and shredded lettuce and topped with ranch dressing, you can call this baked potato the "BLTBP".

If you want to get cheesy, add some shredded cheddar cheese and dive in. Get the recipe here.

5. The "Popeye"

Bon Appetit

Filled with creamed spinach and topped with toasted bread crumbs, this great baked potato from Bon Appetit will have you ready to burst in no time.

Get the recipe for your recipe box here.

6. Twice-Baked Potato with Bacon and Egg

Cully's Kitchen

Bacon, eggs and potatoes are the backbone of breakfast - why not have them all in one? What a great start to the day.

Top with a smidge of kosher salt and black pepper before digging in, and you've got perfect potatoes every time. Get the recipe here.

7. Beef Shoulder and Black Bean Chili

The Gouda Life

If you can have a baked potato for breakfast (see above), why not have one for dinner? This beef shoulder and black bean chili-stuffed spud elevates the classic potato to elegant entrée.

You'll never bake potatoes the same way again after this. Get the recipe here.

8. Baked Potato with Spicy Dhal

BBC Good Food

Here's something different: a baked potato that draws in the taste-tingling dhal, a spicy South Asian dish made with lentils, chickpeas, tomato and onion and flavored with cumin, turmeric, red chili and coriander.

Get the recipe here.

9. Spinach Artichoke Twice-Baked Potatoes


Spinach and artichoke dip - always an appealing app - meets twice-baked potatoes in this sumptuous side dish.

Get the recipe here.

10. "Bacon's Middle Eastern Journey"

Bon Appetit

This recipe brings together the eastern flavors of tahini and sesame seeds with slab bacon and the classic baked potato.

Get the recipe here.

11. Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Here's all the familiar flavors of fall together in one spectacular sweet potato.

Get the recipe here.

12. Spicy Tuna and Cottage Cheese Baked Potato

(BBC Good Food)
BBC Good Food

This recipe for "jacket potatoes" is made with tuna, red onion, red chili, tomato, coriander, and cottage cheese.

Get the recipe here.

13. Chicken and Chorizo Stuffed Skins

(Go Cook Yourself)
Go Cook Yourself

This recipe for stuffed potato skins draws on the Southwest for inspiration, loaded with chicken, spicy chorizo, red bell pepper, jalapeño and sweet chili sauce. Andale! 

Get the recipe here.

14. "Junk Plate" Potato

(The Merry Thought)
The Merry Thought

Don't let the name fool you - this "junk plate" potato is anything but rubbish, filled with macaroni salad and topped with a grilled hot dog and warm, spicy chili.

Get the recipe here.

15. Stuffed Sweet Potato with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

(Sweet Pea's Kitchen)
Sweet Pea's Kitchen

This stuffed sweet potato, loaded with pecans and marshmallows and flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, is like Thanksgiving dessert all on its own.

Get the recipe here.

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