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Around these parts, summer means we replace the slow cooker with the grill. Within the past year, my husband has finally perfected the art of grilling meat. From steaks to chicken to kabobs, he puts our grill to the test several times a week. I’m in heaven, not only because of the salivating recipes that he creates, but also because it means that, for a few months out of the year, I am only in charge of making the sides.
We often have company over for dinner during the summer. Sometimes these gatherings are planned, but we also have impromptu cook-outs. From college students we haven’t seen in a while to a family member in town for the week, we like to stay prepared to celebrate summer with any guest who pops in “just because.” I enjoy stocking up on backyard barbecue basics, like Dixie Ultra® paper plates and easy veggies, because who wants to stay indoors washing dishes and working on complicated recipes? Not me!
Baked potatoes complement any grilled main course. I like keeping russet potatoes on hand for a few reasons.
- They are an inexpensive side.
- While the potatoes may take an hour or so to bake, they require very little prep and can be thrown in the oven in minutes.
- By including an array of toppings, guests can customize their baked potato to their liking.
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Here is how I make my Perfect Baked Potato at home for entertaining:
- Russet potatoes (as many as needed for guests)
- Avocado oil
- Pink Himalayan salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash the potatoes thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.
Using a sturdy fork, poke 10-12 holes around each potato.
Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle avocado oil over the potatoes. Toss the potatoes to coat.
Sprinkle pink Himalayan salt over the potatoes, making sure that all potatoes are evenly salted.
On a large cookie sheet, place the potatoes. Insert the sheet into the pre-heated oven.
Bake for approximately 1 hour (this may need to be adjusted if baking a large group of potatoes).
Let the potatoes stand for about 10 minutes. Serve with toppings, as desired.
I enjoy creating a pop-up Baked Potato Bar for guests. With a few food items that I already have in my kitchen, guests can make their favorite baked potato combinations.
Topping ideas for a Baked Potato Bar:
- Sour Cream
- Bacon pieces
- Shredded cheese
- Fresh green onion
- Chili with beans
- Coconut oil (I like placing a dab of coconut oil in between the potato and then closing the potato back up so that the oil melts. It is delicious!)
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