Mashed Potato Bar 01If you’re looking for a fun dinner for your group why not have a mashed potato bar. We tried it at our last gathering and had a great time. Instant potatoes would have been fine but Joni wouldn’t have it and made them from scratch. They were great! Members brought two or three of their favorite toppings. To add a little twist everyone was asked to bring their own cup, mug, bowl, martini glass, etc.

After receiving a scoop of mashed potatoes in our eating vessel, we chose our toppings buffet style. We were encouraged to go light on the servings at the beginning and then make repeated trips to try different toppings.

(I personally made it back to the buffet line 4 times!)Potato Bar 02

Some of the toppings were . . .

  • pulled pork
  • cubed grilled chicken
  • french fried onions
  • roasted garlic
  • sour cream and chives
  • cream cheese
  • shredded peppered cheese
  • roasted red peppers and broccoliMashed Potato Bar 04
  • grilled corn
  • bacon bits
  • brown gravy
  • butter

Here are 7 reasons to have a potato bar . . .

  1. Toppings were easy to bring
  2. It’s budget friendly
  3. Everyone gets involved by bringing something
  4. It encourages creativityMashed Potato Bar 05
  5. Personalities are revealed through the taste buds
  6. Almost everyone loves mashed potatoes – from the youngest to the oldest
  7. It’s great comfort food

Give it a try and let me know how it went. Be creative with your toppings and theme. You might want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your own Potato Bar.

Grace and Peace,

Join the conversation: Beyond the traditional pot luck dinner, what are some fun theme meals you have shared with your small group or church?

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