Baked Potato Buffet

Ever since we visited a huge breakfast buffet at a hotel on vacation, my oldest son asks to have a “buffet” at home. I’m more than happy to provide it when the spread involves vegetables and an array of healthy choices. Of course, who can argue with the custom waffles with 12 toppings or made-to-order omelets? The boy is no fool.

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 4 oz. prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 cup cooked edamame

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Pierce potatoes once or twice, then set them in the oven directly on the rack to begin baking while you prepare toppings (see tips below for alternative cooking methods).
  • Place prosciutto in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 10 minutes. Prosciutto will be very crisp. Remove from oven and set aside. When cool enough to handle, crumble into pieces.
  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and cook for another 15 minutes, turning them every so often. They should be deep golden brown in color and very soft.
  • Potatoes will take a full hour to bake in the oven (unless you’ve pre-baked or grilled them, see below). Remove potatoes from oven and slice in half. Serve with bowls of toppings and each person builds his or her own, custom potato at the table.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. Of course you can “bake” a potato in the microwave in minutes, but it’s just not the same. I like to do it the old fashioned way in the oven, which takes a full hour. If you don’t have an hour, consider wrapping them in foil and placing them on the grill. This method takes about 45 minutes and if you plan to make the turkey burger surprise packages a day (or even two) before, you can cook the potatoes then. Just set the potatoes in the fridge, fully wrapped, until you are ready to make them. You will heat them in the oven in the foil for about 20 minutes while you get the rest of the toppings ready.
  • 2. The list of toppings here is just a suggestion. If you’d rather use more traditional toppings, such as shredded cheddar or chopped steamed broccoli, have at it. I like this more unusual mix for variety.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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