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Subject: Need Baked Potato toppings!
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: psu03136[at]odin.cc.pdx.edu (Steve Stadtfeld)
Date: 3 Mar 1997 20:27:19 GMT
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Hello everyone!

Does any one have any ideas on how to top baked potatos in an interesting 
way?

I have been asked to create a "baked potato bar" of sorts at a party on 
Tuesday night, and would like to have some interesting toppings available 
in addition to the usual cheese sauce, bacon and scallions, yotta yotta.

Please help...improvisations are welcome!

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From: rguerra[at]haverford.edu (raquel guerra)
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 23:29:35 GMT
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SALSA!!!!

yum--and low fat!

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From: mhorne[at]ucla.edu (Mark Horne)
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 15:56:16 -0800
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Salsa  
Chili  
Steamed broccoli mixed into the cheese sauce.  
Blue cheese (or ranch) salad dressing with croutons
Cream cheese mixed with chopped sauteed garlic

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From: larry[at]tvinet.com (Larry Phillips)
Date: 4 Mar 1997 08:25:30 GMT
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Feta cheese chunks in sour cream or by itself.
Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Roasted garlic.

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From: mmp77[at]aol.com (MMP77)
Date: 10 Mar 1997 03:43:40 GMT
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Salsa
Ranch dressing

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From: Susan Ehret 
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 11:59:01 -0400
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If you're up for spending some time on it, spinach/ artichoke dip is
good on baked taters!

Sautee 1/2 cup chopped onions in butter.  Stir in 1 box frozen chopped
spinach (thawed and squeezed dry), 1 can artichoke hearts (smushed), 1
pt sour cream (fat free okay here) and 1/2 parmesan.  Top with more
parmesan.  Bake 30 minutes until bubbly.

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From: lwcollier[at]aol.com (Lisa)
Date: 12 Mar 1997 00:33:31 GMT
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Two new topping ideas:

Smoked salmon and scallion topping:

1 1/2 cups yogurt
8 scallions, chopped
salt 
pepper
4 slices smoked salmon

Put yogurt in paper towel lined strainer and let stand several hours as
liquid drips out.  Blend with next three ingredients, and fill potatoes
with the mix, topping with 1/2 smoked salmon slice per pototo.

Curried Spinach topping

3/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp olive oil
small onion, diced
2 tsp curry powder
6cups chopped spinach
salt
pepper
medium onion, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut in thin slices

Drain yogurt in paper towel lined strainer for several hours.  Heat 1 tsp
olive oil in frying pan and fry diced onion until transparent (about 3
minutes).  Lower heat, add curry powder, cook 3 more minutes, and add
spinach.  Blend in food processor with drained yogurt and salt and pepper.
Heat remaining oil and cooked sliced until over medium heat until
carmelized (about 30 min.)  Warm spinach mixture. use to fill potatoes,
top with caramelized onions.

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From: patcar[at]symph.esd.sgi.com (Pat Caruthers)
Date: 4 Mar 1997 17:25:34 GMT
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> Steamed broccoli mixed into the cheese sauce.  

this is good with other veggies, like cauliflower, too.

mixed saute'd mushrooms
ratatouille 

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From: Mary Elizabeth 
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 19:29:27 -0500
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Boursin or another garlic-herb soft cheese
Lumpfish caviar & sour cream

Make sure you have a big pepper-grinder on hand, too, for that
fresh-ground black pepper.

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From: lwcollier[at]aol.com (Lisa)
Date: 5 Mar 1997 01:21:02 GMT
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The toppings I use are: steamed broccoli, grated cheddar and monterey jack
cheese, sour cream with chives, and portobello mushrooms that have been
grilled with lemon juice and lots of garlic.  Everyone seems to like these
when I serve them with baked potatoes.  

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From: braun_chris[at]mindspring.com (Chris Braun)
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 01:48:53 GMT
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I once tried -- and liked -- creamed chipped beef (like you eat on
toast).  Perhaps something similar could be tried with ham, if you
preferred.

How about barbecue, like pulled pork?

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From: Mary Ash 
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 17:55:28 -0800
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Chopped broccoli topped with cheese sauce
Salsa, cheddar cheese, sour cream to gild the lily
Mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce

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From: Amy Guennewig 
Date: 4 Mar 1997 03:38:02 GMT
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I don't know how complicated you want but here is one my husband and I 
enjoy.

Beef Chili and Cheddar Topping
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 t salt (oppotional)
1 can (15 oz) hot chili beans 
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
green onion for garnish

Bake potatoes.  Brown ground beef and drain.  Add chili powder and salt. 
Add beans and 1 c cheese; cook and stir until heated through.  Season 
potatoes as desired and fill with topping.  Garnish with green onions 
remaining cheese.  Sour cream is also a good garnish for this.

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From: michelle.campbell[at]stonebow.otago.ac.nz (Miche)
Date: 5 Mar 1997 01:25:18 GMT
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Fry some chopped bacon.  Pour in a can of creamed corn.  Heat through. 
Top potatoes with this, then sprinkle cheese on.

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From: howells[at]athena.mit.edu (Nancy A. Howells)
Date: 5 Mar 1997 20:07:35 GMT
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Just had a baked potato for lunch... cheddar cheese and grilled onions
on top... yum.

I also like ham, chopped up, blended with sour cream, and spread on
top of the baker.

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From: dawna[at]portal.ca (Spooky)
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 1997 00:03:10 GMT
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When I was in Galway, Ireland in 1995, I stumbled on a restaurant that
specializes in baked potatoes with assorted toppings.  It was called
"Couch Potatas", and served the largest baked potatoes that I've ever
seen in my life. (And I went in there looking for a "snack"!)
Basically, their philosophy seemed to be that anything yummy and
savory could be put into a baked potato, especially if there was a
little sauce to help the flavours sink in.  I had the special of the
day, which was a huge "potata" stuffed with salmon that had been very
lightly creamed in a dill sauce, with spring onion (scallions).  It
was served with choice of a huge salad or soup, and was a very filling
meal.

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From: Ken Hoke 
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 22:48:01 -0800
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My favorite is good homemade chili...

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From: Kevin Smith 
Date: 4 Mar 1997 13:12:43 GMT
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I like a tex/mex topping of refried beans, salsa, sourcream, and cheddar and 
jack cheese.

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From: christin[at]vms.cis.pitt.edu (Christine Berliner)
Date: 4 Mar 1997 19:19:15 GMT
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Yogurt - especially sour if you drain it first, can be non-fat

sliced olives (I prefer black or oil-cured, but green etc would be good)

tuna in a nice viniagrette (could come from a can)

a nice viniagrette (for moisture)

crumbled bacon

avocado chunks

baby shrimp (simply poached orin garlic butter)

fresh chopped parsley

brown gravy

carmelized onions (or garlic or leeks or...)

roasted red peppers

fresh sweet peppers, chopped (red, green, yellow, purple, orange!)

dried or fresh herbs like oregano, dill or parsley, and for sure salt & pepper

I could go on forever, just wander through the aisles on the
grocery store and think of everything as it would be chopped (or melted)
and on a potato.  If it seems acceptable in your mind's mouth... try it!

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From: weeden[at]leland.Stanford.EDU (Kimberly Ann Weeden)
Date: 4 Mar 1997 11:27:18 -0800
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garbanzo beans (rinsed, cold)
kidney beans (rinsed, cold)
brocolli (raw or slightly steamed)
cauliflower (raw or slightly steamed)
sauerkraut
chili (hot)
salsa
jalapeno rings (from a jar or can ... fresh ones may be too spicy)
olives
nf or low-fat cottage cheese 
chives
sour cream
various salad dressings for those who don't like sour cream

Obviously, not all these ingredients go together on the same spud.  
My current favorite topping combination is garbanzo beans and broccoli with 
salsa (OK, so I'm a health nut).  

BTW, you could provide even more variety by giving people a choice
between regular baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes or yams.
A baked garnet yam with cottage cheese and pepper.... yummmm, heaven!

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From: The Roberts 
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 21:55:35 +0000
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Shredded mozzarella cheese with tomato sauce for a pizza-like potato.
Baby shrimp (that's a real improvisation!)
Sauteed peppers and onions
Black beans and salsa

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From: mardi[at]wctravel.com (Mardi Wetmore)
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 1997 18:09:56 GMT
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For a great low-fat topping combine 1/3 cup non-fat sour cream, 1/3
cup non-fat cottage cheese in a blender or food processor until
smooth.  Then stir in 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese.  

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From: Joe & Karen 
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 1997 16:49:16 -0600
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How about a green chile sauce with grated cheese on top...

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From: macone[at]radix.net
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 01:27:19 GMT
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In the UK I've eaten "jacket" (baked) potatos with baked beans as a
topping.  Was pretty good and relatively low fat too.  Dan

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From: Mary Elizabeth 
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 1997 15:00:42 -0500
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macone wrote:
> In the UK I've eaten "jacket" (baked) potatos with baked beans as a
> topping.  Was pretty good and relatively low fat too.  Dan

Along the same lines, we have a curried lentil recipe (from Madhur
Jaffrey) that we like to put on top of baked potatoes and eat.

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From: Karin Weber 
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 09:38:42 -0500
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Instead of butter and sour cream on a baked potato, my favorite low-fat
alternative is some fat-free ranch salad dressing.  The baked bean idea
sounds pretty good too, I'll have to try it.


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