Mashed Potato Bar

I love hosting dinner parties.  I am not sure why, but my husband and I just love having friends over and feeding them!  While I do love the company and enjoy cooking, one thing I do not like about hosting a dinner party is that fact that I spend so much time in the kitchen preparing the food and not enough time sitting around the table with my guests.

Last week we had 2 couples over for dinner along with all of their children (4 kids under 4!).  I wanted to come up with a meal that everyone would enjoy so I put together a mashed potato bar.  It was a huge hit and was really minimal work and preparation.

I provided 2 kinds of potatoes, mashed and baked.  Then, I made a few different toppings: broccoli and cheese, barbecue pulled pork and sauteed mushrooms along with grated cheese, sour cream and crumbled bacon.  I also served a green salad and bread sticks on the side.

Guests loaded on the toppings and had fun making their own creations.

The best part about this kind of meal is that you can cater it to your own tastes.  Try topping your potatoes with shredded chicken, grilled veggies or your favorite chili.  The options are endless!

What is your go-to dinner party meal?



Filed under Cook, Entertain, Main Dish

6 responses to “Mashed Potato Bar

  1. LOVE this idea! We’ve done build-your-own pizza or build-your-own panini parties in the past.. I tend to forget about the baked potato, which is unfortunate because they are oh-so good!! Thanks for the idea!!

  2. i LOVE this idea for a party.. or a wedding 🙂 xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  3. Genius!! This is going to happen, soon! 🙂

  4. Wanda

    I have been looking for ideas for a wedding rehearsal dinner. Thought of a potato bar, my daughter-in-law stated, okay by her, if it was mashed potatoes. This is a perfect idea, & I am glad for the ‘already tried’ example. Can’t wait to put it to use!

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