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Do you have any suggestions for interesting fillings for jacket potatoes?

Asked by harple (10448points) July 11th, 2012

I need to make a simple meal for a large group of people tomorrow, so I thought oven baked jacket potatoes with a variety of cold fillings that can be prepared earlier in the day. I have the basics like cottage cheese and coleslaw sorted, but do you have any more interesting ideas?

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downtide's avatar

Coronation Chicken. (for the benefit of non-UK readers this is pre-cooked chicken mixed with curry and mayonnaise)

Chicken and pesto (it’s usually a pasta sauce but it’s very versatile)

Combine a can of mixed beans with canned tomato and some chilli for a spicy veggie option

Tuna mayo. Or “posh it up” and use salmon. A bit of ketchup in the mayo turns it into Thousand Island dressing.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Here in the US, a basic potato bar has: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, (streaky) bacon bits, salsa, chopped onions, and chilli. The latter could be kept in a slow cooker/crock pot.

Another popular potato topping is steamed broccoli cut up into chunks, then a cheese sauce on top.

picante's avatar

I’ve done the baked potato buffet with guacamole and pulled pork. Horseradish cream is a nice complement to anything, IMHO.

Kardamom's avatar

Different kinds of shredded cheese (maybe cheddar, a bleu, pepper jack and maybe goat or Gruyere or feta)

Sour cream with a few different kinds of freshly chopped herbs (mint, cilantro, green onions, basil)

Multiple kinds of salsa (along with sour cream and/or cottage cheeese or plain yogurt) Maybe a Pico de Gallo, and a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa and maybe a Chipotle Salsa

Or for a Southwestern flair, maybe some Cowbooy Caviar

Ricotta cheese and marinara sauce

Homemade or store bought Pesto

For warmer things, especially if you have one of those warming hot plates, or even a few small chafing dishes (even the disposable ones with a foil pan with a sterno under it) you could have chili, both meat and vegetarian style, Portobello Mushroom Wine Sauce, nacho cheese sauce and sliced jalapenos.

For something a little more exotic, you could have some kimchee (Korean fermented pickled vegetables, usually cabbage).

Or for something that is somewhat traditional, but just a little bit different, check out these different kinds of herbed and flavored butters like These

And now, it’s dinner time so should I say ciao or chow?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Okay @harple. How did the evening go? What toppings did you serve, and which ones were a success? I might try this out with the relatives the next time we have a family gathering at the UK home.

Sunny2's avatar

I’m too late to answer, but I’d like to hear the answer to @Pied_Pfeffer‘s question too.

harple's avatar

Hi! Thank you all for your ideas!

Well, we had mainly very basic things (I had so little time to prepare – hence the choice in the first place). So, with our jacket potatoes we had a choice of:

Grated cheese
Cottage cheese
Beautiful mixed salad (fresh-picked lettuce, mint, baby plum tomatoes, cucumber, yellow pepper, mixed beans, seeds, feta cheese and olives)
Couscous (with cooked red pepper, onion etc mixed through)
Mixed pea and mint salad
Tuna mayo

Erm, I think that was all! It was all cold so that I could do the preparation as and when I had ten minutes through the day. Another friend brought a freshly made rhubarb crumble for dessert, with homemade custard. It was delicious!

Sunny2's avatar

Sound great! Wish I’d been there.

harple's avatar

Next time I’ll give you more notice and you can come too! ;-)

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