The baked potato is the ultimate classic side dish, but what goes with a baked potato? We explore some delicious serving options here!
🥔 Baked Potatoes
Baking a whole potato is one of the easiest, yet most delicious, and most popular ways to prepare the humble potato. You’ll know a baked potato is good if it’s soft and fluffy on the inside and has a crispy skin on the outside.
Russet potatoes are the most common variety to bake, but red potatoes and gold potatoes can be baked, too.
Baked potatoes are versatile in the sense they can be cooked many different ways - in the oven, the air fryer, Instant Pot, over a campfire wrapped in foil-you name it!
People have been cultivating potatoes for thousands and thousands of years, and people all over the world have also been enjoying baked potatoes for centuries. As such, it is impossible to say exactly who invented the baked potato or when it was invented.
In the US, common fillings or toppings for baked potatoes include shredded cheese, sour cream, butter, and vegetables such as chives, green onions, and dill. However, other countries also have their own variations of baked potatoes.
In the UK, baked potatoes are also known as jacket potatoes, and they often come with cheddar cheese, baked beans, and green peas. These dishes are extremely popular in the country and you can easily buy them from hawkers on the streets.
Although baked potatoes are often served as a side dish, they’re highly versatile, which means you can pair them with a wide range of other dishes to enjoy a full meal. Create rich and satisfying meals with these delicious recipes for what to serve with baked potatoes!
🧈 Baked Potato Topping Ideas
- A simple pat of butter, plus salt and pepper.
- Hot sauce.
- Diced tomatoes.
- Ranch dressing.
- Seeds like hemp seeds or sunflower seeds.
- Black beans.
- Shredded mozzarella cheese.