Dinner/Mains

November 7, 2021

House Loaded Baked Potatoes

These House Loaded Baked Potatoes are a cold-weather, comfort food staple in my family. When you load them up with smokey almonds and steamed broccoli, they’re a full meal!

These are our “House” Loaded Baked Potatoes, exactly as we enjoy them. Each of us may add toppings in different orders, but these are the favorite players in every baked potato show: butter, lots of black pepper, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plain Greek yogurt, chopped smokey almonds, and steamed (sometimes roasted) broccoli. Since becoming vegetarian a little more than three years ago, smokehouse-style almonds have become my go-to bacon replacement on my loaded baked potatoes. When chopped up, they resemble both the flavor and crunchy texture of bacon bits, with the added benefit of being heart-healthy. 

Loaded Baked Potatoes are fun food for a crowd! Set up the toppings in a buffet-style bar and let everyone build their own loaded potato. If you’re really going for it, add other toppings like chili for extra heartiness, or a variety of cheeses, or other steamed veggies like spinach. The possibilities are endless! A Loaded Baked Potato Bar would make a great Halloween night dinner, too. Prep everything in advance, and then lay out the potato bar before or after trick-or-treating for everyone to enjoy. Or maybe this is your next game-day spread! When I shot this recipe, we were watching football. House Loaded Baked Potatoes are a hit no matter when you serve them!

Ingredients assembled for House Loaded Baked Potatoes
Assemble your ingredients for House Loaded Baked Potatoes.

Potatoes on a baking sheet, well scrubbed, and rubbed with oil and sprinkled with salt before roasting
Scrub potatoes well to remove dirt, then pat dry to remove excess moisture. Pierce each potato a few times all around with a fork. Rub each potato with avocado oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt before roasting. This will yield nice crispy skin, which I highly recommend eating!

Baked potatoes laid out with all the toppings
Once potatoes are roasted, lay out your topping buffet-style for everyone to build their own loaded baked potato!

The Joyful Plateful House Baked Potato is assembled as follows: 1 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, grated sharp cheddar cheese, smokehouse-style almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, minced chives, steamed broccoli florets.
The Joyful Plateful House Baked Potato is assembled as follows: 1 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, grated sharp cheddar cheese, smokehouse-style almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, minced chives, steamed broccoli florets. 

An assembled Loaded Baked Potato
Enjoy this comforting cold-weather meal!

House Loaded Baked Potatoes

These House Loaded Baked Potatoes are a cold-weather, comfort food staple in my family. When you load them up with smokey almonds and steamed broccoli, they’re a full meal!

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

5

min

cook:

55

min

total:

60

min

Ingredients

4 large russet “baker” potatoes

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

16 oz. frozen broccoli florets

4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

3/4 cup smokehouse-style almonds, chopped

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup minced fresh chives

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

1 tsp. ground black pepper, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. 
  2. Scrub potatoes well under running water to remove dirt and debris. Pat dry. Pierce each potato with a fork a few times on each side. Distribute the 1 Tbsp. of olive oil evenly among the 4 potatoes, and rub the oil all over the skin of the potato. Divide the kosher salt among the four potatoes and sprinkle generously. 
  3. Bake the potatoes at 425 degrees F for 50-60 minutes, until a fork is easily inserted in the center. 
  4. While the potatoes are baking, prepare the toppings. Steam the frozen broccoli about 5-6 minutes, until crisp-tender. Grate the cheddar cheese. Chop the almonds and chives. 
  5. Once potatoes are done, remove from the oven, and cut each potato down the middle to expose the inside of the potato. Let each person top their own potato as desired from the toppings. The Joyful Plateful House Baked Potato goes as follows: 1 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, grated sharp cheddar cheese, smokehouse-style almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, minced chives, steamed broccoli florets. Enjoy!
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!