Do you love baked potatoes? They’re customizable, load-up-able, portable, and totally good for you -- well, depending on what you pile on top!
How about pulled pork? Or maybe lentil stew? Chorizo and eggs is always a winner! The following recipes all serve double duty. They're great meals on their own, but they also make great toppers for baked potatoes! So whether you want a light meal or something more decadent, each ones of these recipes will boost your humble potato into the upper stratosphere of dinner satisfaction.
Need a baked potato crash course? We have that, too! Now, get set to imagine the recipes below on top of a steaming hot baked potato.
Smoky Vegan Lentil Stew
Meatless Monday can last all week long with this tasty, satisfying stew. Not a vegan? No matter. You can top this with cheese, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt. To keep it vegan, try chopped cilantro or cashew cream.
Slow Cooker Cider Pulled Pork
Seize the concept behind a pulled pork sandwich and turn the bun into a spud! We have pulled pork options for you: slow cooker with cider or slow cooker with Dr. Pepper. For cooking pork on the range, look here. A vinegar-based slaw cuts through the pork nicely; try this one.
English Muffin Tuna Melts
For a fab pantry meal with a gooey topper, move your favorite tuna melt off the bread. Top the split potato with tuna salad, crown it with your favorite shredded cheese, and bake until bubbly. A white bean and tuna salad makes the tuna go further, plus adds good-for-you fiber. Avocado tuna salad gives a splash of creamy color. And then there’s the straight-up classic tuna salad.
Chorizo and Eggs
Potatoes and chorizo have such an affinity; somehow the potatoes temper the spicy punch of the greasy chorizo. This combo packs the appeal of a giant breakfast burrito, but with a fraction of the calories. Cook up some chorizo crumbles and scrambled eggs, or fry eggs to your liking. Then add a sprinkling of white cheddar and scallions on top. The flavors all go together so well.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
Curry Chickpea-Loaded Baked Potatoes
Potatoes are a popular ingredient in Indian cooking, and this recipe adapts that for an easy, chickpea-based curry that’s rich with coconut milk. You can use canned chickpeas or cook your own.
Best Ever Sloppy Joes
If you’re eschewing gluten but the rest of the family isn’t, you can make a pan of sloppy joes and everyone will be happy. Plus, leftovers freeze great! We have old-fashioned ground beef sloppy joes, a turkey version, and a lentil-based vegan version. Ah, it’s all so inclusive. Everything is right in Lunchlady Land.
How to Caramelize Onions
Fancy pants time! Who doesn’t adore a mass of caramelized onion? That’s the base. Now add gruyere cheese (or blue cheese), bacon crumbles, and, finally, thyme. This is a stand-alone potato that you can upgrade with a filet mignon if you are so inclined.
Kale with Sausage and White Beans
This sauté is almost like a soup without the broth. Put it on a potato and you have a meal that sticks to your ribs in style. Top it with grated parmesan if you’d like some cheesiness.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
Easy Sautéed Spinach
This potato gets a Mediterranean flair, and it works with most any green veg you have on hand: broccoli, kale, or even quickly wilted arugula. Start with a garlicky base of speedily sautéed spinach (or sliced zucchini—you could omit the dill, if you like), and build on it with feta crumbles and sliced kalamata olives. Diced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes would be another nice touch.
Black Bean Turkey Chili
That one worldwide fast-food chain (it begins with a W and ends with a Y) became known for chili-topped baked potatoes for a reason. Chili makes potatoes more fun. We have black bean turkey chili, no-bean chili, vegetarian chili, even Cincinnati chili. Don’t tell the chili purists!
Bonus: Got leftover mashed potatoes? Make home fries!
Simple and easy home fries two ways! One recipe starting with raw potatoes, another starting with cooked. Both skillet fried.