The Ultimate Mashed Potato Bar

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Mashed Potato Bar – Feed a crowd with a mashed potato bar at your next party, wedding, or celebration. Ideas for all sorts of delicious toppings.

mashed potato bar, including mashed potato cup with bacon, cheese sauce, and chives, with spoon in ready to eat

There are so many things you can do with a mashed potato bar; the choices for toppings are endless. Pretty much anything you think up you can use.

It’s the perfect appetizer idea, or even side dish, for a wedding or party. I experienced my first mashed potato bar at a blogging conference; I’d never seen such a beautiful thing in all my life.

It was filled with all sorts of delicious mashed potato bar toppings, along with all sorts of potatoes, including purple mashed potatoes! The mashed potatoes themselves were served in martini glasses, and you could go right down the buffet line, adding any toppings you wanted.

You talk about delicious. That was hands down the BEST food I’ve ever had at a conference. Comfort food at its best, and man, was it delicious.

baked potato bar with baked potatoes and baked potato toppings

So when I created my first baked potato bar, I thought it only appropriate to also create a mashed potato bar. Because who doesn’t love a loaded down cup of hot mashed potatoes smothered in cheese and bacon?

I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! TAKE ME TO THE MASHED POTATO BAR RECIPE!

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious recipe for an amazing mashed potato bar – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT GOES INTO SETTING UP A MASHED POTATO BAR?

Whether you’re getting together with friends for game night, hosting a family dinner, or setting up a potluck, a mashed potato bar is the perfect way to feed and entertain your guests. And it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time and effort on your part.

mashed potatoes with mashed potato bar toppings on gray countertop with white and blue kitchen towel

Your main work will be cooking the potatoes and prepping all the toppings for your guests to choose from.

Or better yet, have each guest bring their favorite topping, saving you even more time! Then you get different perspectives, different ideas, and guests get to contribute their favorite topping idea to the mix.

HOW DO I MAKE THE MASHED POTATOES?

I’ve got you covered with this delicious and easy mashed potatoes recipe.

TIPS FOR HOW TO SET UP THE ULTIMATE MASHED POTATO BAR

Gather your ingredients for your potato bar… You’ll need mashed potatoes and toppings.

mashed potato bar with mini trifle bowls of mashed potatoes covered in toppings like bacon, cheese sauce, chives, broccoli, sloppy joe meat, and red onion

You’ll find a list of toppings ideas below, as well as a printable recipe that includes all the info you’ll need to set up your own baked potato buffet.

  • If you still need to make your potatoes, go ahead and make them.
  • Prep the toppings, adding each topping to a separate dish or compartment for serving. Prepping may involve cooking, re-heating, or simply chopping.
  • Set everything out buffet style, so your guests can create their very own delicious mashed potato creations.

THE ULTIMATE LIST OF MASHED POTATO BAR TOPPINGS:

  • Shredded Cheese – I recommend Extra Sharp Cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, etc.
  • Onions – red onion, green onion, etc.
  • Chives
  • Cooked Broccoli

broccoli and cheese sauce on mashed potato in small glass trifle dish

  • Bacon
  • Chopped Ham
  • Pulled Pork
  • Sausage

sloppy joe meat and red onions on mashed potato in small glass trifle dish

bacon and cheese topping for mashed potato bar in small glass trifle dish

  • Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Jalapeños

The sky’s the limit on ideas for a mashed potato buffet because there are so many toppings you could add to this list. But this is a great start.

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS RECIPE, CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR OTHER FAVORITE POTATO RECIPES:

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Smoked Bacon Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

mashed potato bar toppings with small glass trifle bowls of mashed potatoes

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO CREATE YOUR OWN MASHED POTATO BAR

Stockpot – for cooking and mashing the potatoes.

Hand Mixer or Potato Masher – for mashing the potatoes.

Cutting Board and Vegetable Cleaver – When prepping toppings, you’ll definitely need a good place to chop and mince.

Buffet Server and Food Warmer – You can also use a slow cooker or Crock pot.

7 Section Serving Platter or Small Serving Bowls – These would work perfectly for holding your toppings.

Mini Appetizer/Dessert Cups with Spoons or Plastic Martini Glasses – These would be perfect for serving the mashed potatoes, and the mini appetizer cups even come with spoons.

MASHED POTATO BAR RECIPE

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The Ultimate Mashed Potato Bar

Feed a crowd with a mashed potato bar at your next party, wedding, or celebration. Ideas for all sorts of delicious toppings.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Side Dish or Appetizer
Keyword mashed potato, mashed potato bar, mashed potato bar toppings, mashed potatoes recipe, potato recipes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 1299 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Choose and prep your toppings**, adding each topping to a separate dish or compartment for serving. Prepping may involve cooking, re-heating, or simply chopping.

  2. Set everything out buffet style***, so your guests can create their very own delicious baked potato creations.

Recipe Notes

* You can use any kind of shredded cheese you prefer. I recommend Extra Sharp Cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, etc.

**More mashed potato bar topping ideas include cooked cauliflower, chilibeef taco meattaco chicken, pulled pork, sausage, ground beef, steak, cubed pepperoni, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing, pizza sauce, turkey gravy, ham gravy, tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, jalapeños, fire roasted green chiles, corn, peas, etc.

***You may need warmers to keep the mashed potatoes warm; you can also use a slow cooker or Crock pot. Otherwise, you may use a serving platter or serving bowls for toppings.

Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Mashed Potato Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1299 Calories from Fat 873
% Daily Value*
Fat 97g149%
Saturated Fat 47g294%
Cholesterol 265mg88%
Sodium 4687mg204%
Potassium 2060mg59%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 2730IU55%
Vitamin C 84.6mg103%
Calcium 455mg46%
Iron 13.2mg73%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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