Forget boring sour cream and chives. These white and sweet spuds are topped with such crazy-good combos, they make an entire lunch or dinner

By Joy Manning
February 13, 2014
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Too often the baked potato is the dumpy sidekick for a meal, hastily blanketed in butter and sour cream, when in fact the humble tater is a blank canvas ready to transform leftovers and kitchen staples into a filling, healthy dish. And let's not forget that it takes zero cooking skills and virtually no time.

Grab a white or sweet potato, add one of these protein, veggie, and flavor-booster mixes, and dig into some spotlight-worthy spuds.

Stuffed Chicken Potato

Potato + shredded chicken + baby spinach + goat cheese


Cheese and Wine Potato

Sweet potato + roasted grapes + blue cheese

Kale Salad Potato

Potato + sautéed kale + feta + pecans

Little Italy Potato

Potato + crumbled hot Italian sausage + tomato sauce


Hummus-Tapenade Potato

Sweet potato + hummus + olives + feta [Tweet this meal idea!]

Fajita Potato

Potato + cooked ground beef + broiled onion and bell pepper slices

Chesapeake Potato

Potato + crab meat + Old Bay + parsley

Sweet Chili Bowl Potato

Sweet potato + vegetarian chili + low fat yogurt + chives


BBQ Potato

Potato + pulled pork + barbecue sauce + shredded cabbage

Mediterranean Potato

Potato + diced artichoke + cubed marinated tofu + diced roasted red peppers [Tweet this recipe!]

Mushroom Béarnaise Potato

Sweet potato + sautéed shitakes + minced shallots + tarragon

Caprese Potato

Potato + cottage cheese + tomatoes + basil


Fish Taco Potato

Potato + sardines + mashed avocado + parsley

Sweet and Savory Potato

Sweet potato + sautéed apple slices + sharp cheddar + bacon

Spanish Spice Potato

Sweet potato + diced chorizo + chickpeas + paprika


Bagel and Lox Potato

Sweet potato + cream cheese + diced smoked salmon + chives

Samosa Potato

Potato + chickpeas + garam masala + yogurt

Breakfast Potato

Sweet potato + fried egg + salsa + black beans


Steakhouse Potato

Potato + caramelized onion + chopped cooked steak + sour cream

Classic Loaded Potato

Potato + steamed broccoli + Gruyere + bacon bits