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Everyone loves a proper slowly oven cooked baked potato – well we’ve got 10 amazing baked potato toppings that’ll make your baked potatoes oh so delicious! Total comfort food and perfect for a low-fuss, easy midweek dinner

How to make the perfect baked potato 

Autumn is most definitely the season to ‘bring on the baked potatoes’.

And although there’s something just a little bit gorgeous about the simplicity of breaking open an oven baked potato and melting butter into the soft white flesh, adding just a sprinkling of salt….

Sometimes though I have to mix things up and keep baked potatoes interesting, especially if I want to keep serving them up as an easy midweek dinner!

So I make them into a totally delicious feast, load them up, pile the baked potato toppings high and tuck in…. oh go on… you know you want to!

First up, before even thinking about your baked potato toppings you need a beautiful baked potato – slowly baked in the oven.

The best baked potatoes are always done in the oven! 

How to make the best baked potatoes in the oven

  • Scrub the potato skins really well, you don’t want to leave any dirt on them, especially if you’re going to be eating the skins.
  • Dry the potatoes really well with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Wondering if you need to poke holes in potatoes before baking? Then yes! Prick the skins plenty of times with a fork (so they don’t explode during cooking).
  • Pop them in the microwave on high. Two potatoes for five minutes turning them over half way. Or four potatoes for eight minutes, turning them over half way.
  • Brush the skins with olive oil – just ever so lightly using a pastry brush. You can add a sprinkling of salt here and rub it into the oil if you like.
  • Pop them straight into a preheated oven and bake on 180C for around 45 minutes to an hour. They are done when they look golden brown and when you give them a squeeze they are soft and easy to squash in with your fingers.
  • Remove them from the oven – split them open and load on your toppings.

Baked Potato Topping Ideas 

So, now you’ve got your perfect baked potatoes it’s time to think toppings! And we’ve got 10 of the absolute BEST baked potato toppings ideas for you to try.

BLT Baked Potato 

To make a BLT baked potato load that crispy skinned baked potato up with with creamy mayonnaise, crispy bacon snipped into pieces, chopped vine tomato and a handful of baby herb salad leaves.

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Classic Beans & Cheese Baked Potato

For an easy lunch or simple midweek dinner you just can’t beat a baked potato 80s style, loaded with baked beans and grated Cheddar cheese. Perfect with a glass of Vimto. This for me is a traditional baked potato topping.

If I’m making this for dinner I usually add a side of homemade coleslaw too and sometime I use the baked beans with little sausages in, just because it tastes so good!

Spicy Vegetable Chilli Topped Baked Potato 

Orange Le Creuset pan filled with homemade vegan chipotle sweet potato chilli served with a bowl of nacho crisps

For a healthy baked potato topping try heaping on spoonfuls of our delicious vegetarian chilli (ad feature recipe) then add a dollop of sour cream on top and a scattering of grated Cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of chopped chives or coriander.

And if you skip the soured cream and cheese this makes a great vegan baked potato topping idea.

This is a super filling midweek family dinner recipe and one that’s always popular!

Cheddar & Caramelised Onion Baked Potato Topping

Make your own caramelised onions by frying up a sliced red onion, add a large spoonful of fruity chutney and a tsp of brown sugar to the pan and stir through the onions and sizzle until they start to turn sticky and gorgeous.

Load this lovely sticky onion mixture into the potato and top with grated mature cheddar.

This makes a lovely lunch – vegetarian baked potato toppings go really well alongside a green salad.

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Italian Style Baked Potato Topping with Tuna and Beans

Fancy a healthy baked potato topping?

Try flaking a tin of tuna into a dish, mix in cannellini beans, chopped red onion, squeeze of lemon, a pinch of chilli flakes and handful of chopped parsley.

Load it into the potato and serve with a rocket salad. This is lush in baked sweet potato too.

Cheese Feast Baked Potato Topping

Ahhh is there anything better than too much cheese?

Top your potato with three different types of cheese. I love the Cheddar, Lancashire and Stilton combo, let them melt into the salty butter and then devour.

Mediterranean Style Sweet Potato

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Baked sweet potato toppings can be super delicious and sweet potatoes give a totally different vibe to jacket potatoes – plus they’re a little healthier than regular white potatoes.

Split a baked sweet potato and pack with Mediterranean veggies – simply fried in olive oil and tossed in pesto. Then crumble over some feta cheese and chopped parsley.

Delicious alongside grilled chicken. Get the Baked Sweet Potato with Pesto Vegetables Recipe here.

Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes 

Load that oven baked potato with classic sloppy joe meat sauce.

Minced beef cooked with onions, tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce. If you fancy, add some grated Monterey Jack for added yum!

Get our sloppy joe meat sauce recipe here.

homemade sloppy joes made with ground beef served on rolls with cheese and gherkins.

Spicy Baked Potato Topping

Top the slowly baked sweet potato with thick creamy full fat Greek yogurt with freshly chopped chillies or candied jalapeño and zesty lime sprinkles, add a handful of chopped coriander. Utterly delicious!

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Dessert baked potato…. stay with me on this!

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I know, I know, you’re thinking “baked potato dessert?!? that’s VILE” BUT… I promise you’ll just love this sweet and sticky baked sweet potato so much you’ll wonder why you never thought of eating it sooner!

Split the baked sweet potato and top with cinnamon apples.

You can make cinnamon apple slices really easily just sauté apple slices in butter with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup and teaspoon of cinnamon. Then load them into the baked sweet potato.

Next add a spoonful of clotted cream, Greek yogurt or good vanilla ice-cream works really well here and sprinkle with pecan nuts. You won’t regret it!

Sweet Potatoes for dessert should totally be happening more often! 

Having a party? Throw together a baked potato bar! 

Baked potato bars are a super simple way to feed a crowd – they’re great for summer or autumn. They also work out a relatively cheap way of feeding everyone – just bake a whole lot of potatoes and let people help themselves to toppings from the baked potato bar. 

What to put on a baked potato bar

You can try any of the baked potato bar toppings below… 

  • Sea salt flakes
  • Butter 
  • Soured Cream 
  • Chives
  • Jalapeños 
  • Grated cheese 
  • Crumbled cheese 
  • Natural yogurt 
  • Bacon bits 
  • Fried onions 
  • Chilli – vegetarian or meat 
  • Hotdogs in baked beans 
  • Chopped veggies – tomatoes, peppers, courgettes
  • Coleslaw 
  • Tuna salad 

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More easy family dinner recipes for you to try…

  • Tuna Bolognese – a quick caned tuna pasta recipe that tastes so good!
  • Puff Pizza Tarts  – these little puff pastry tarts are simple to make and delicious alongside vegetables or salad for an easy kids teatime meal.

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Yield: Makes 4

How to make the perfect baked potato

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How to make the most perfect, buttery oven baked potatoes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large King Edwards Potatoes 
  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • pinch salt 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Scrub the potatoe really well to remove any dirt.
  3. Dry the potatoes really well.
  4. Prick them plenty of times with a fork (so they don’t explode during cooking).
  5. Pop them in the microwave on high – 2 potatoes for 5 minutes turning them over half way. 4 potatoes for 8 minutes, turning them over half way.
  6. Brush the skins with olive oil – just ever so lightly.
  7. Pop them straight into a preheated oven and bake on 180C for around 45 minutes to an hour. They are done when they look golden brown and when you give them a squeeze they are soft and easy to squash in with your fingers.
  8. Remove them from the oven and load on whatever toppings you like.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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