Broccoli, Cheese, and 10 Other Things to Stuff in a Baked Potato

Makeover this side dish with fillings that give it main course status
Broccoli, Cheese, and 10 Other Things to Stuff in a Baked Potato

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Try a loaded baked potato like this one topped with sour cream, chives, bacon, and cheese.

"For me, a plain baked potato is the most delicious one... It is soothing and enough," said the famous food writer M.F.K. Fisher. The Baked Potato — wholesome, nutritious, nearly impossible to screw up — is one of our favorite simple dinners, but to Ms. Fisher’s assertion that a plain baked potato is enough, we must differ in opinion.

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When the soft, creamy flesh of your plain baked potato isn’t quite enough, just add to it. No one will ever fault you for adding more flavor and texture to this already-superb spud. Crispy bacon, acidic bruschetta, creamed spinach, or the runny yolk of a fried egg are all simple ways to add deliciousness to transition this humble side dish to main course status.

Use our guide to make the perfect baked potato — crisped skin with a fluffy center — or try our short cut to achieve the same great texture in less time. Then, dream up your favorite flavor combination.

We aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but we are upping the ante on what a simple baked potato can do for your lunch and dinner routine. Check out our complete list of delicious fillings to stuff inside your baked potato.

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