A Baked Potato Supper for Friends
On Saturday evening just gone, we had some friends over to ours. There ended up being seven of us. It was a casual evening spent catching up (without kids) and putting the world to rights over a few bottles of wine.
I promised to provide everyone with some supper and tried out this rather brilliant idea: a jacket potato bar. It was low cost and low effort on my part, but such a fun and well received supper to have on an wet and windy autumnal evening.
I laid out an assortment of bowls, dishes and cutlery and piled up the hot baked potatoes on a bread board with a butter dish beside it. For fun (and simply because I can never do anything too simple) I made some little ‘filling suggestions’ cards and tied them onto each of the baked potatoes with some string.
I laid out bowls of ‘fillings’ for my guest to create one of my suggested combos or indeed design their very own. So what was on offer? A homemade 3-bean chilli made a few days before and left to ‘improve’ in the fridge before quickly heating through, grated cheddar, brie, soft goats cheese, smoked salmon & fresh dill, spinach, avocado, soured cream, capers, cranberry sauce, lemon wedges and course-ground black pepper.
It’s such an easy way to feed guests, when they out number places at the dining table. I would do it again without doubt.
And for those of you wondering was there pudding? Of course there was! Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cake served with crème fraîche. But on this occasion, I think it is fair to say that the humble spud took centre stage.
A passionate home cook and eater, Louise Gorrod authors Buttercup Days which chronicles family life, her love for nostalgia, occasion, beautiful things and of course cooking. Louise lives beside the seaside with her husband and two young children in East Sussex from where she juggles her role as one half of Seen PR alongside mummy-stuff, writing and baking cakes. You can follow her on Twitter @ButtercupDays. Read more posts by Louise Gorrod.
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