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

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.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 1299kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 12 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups cheese sauce
  • 12 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese *shredded
  • 2 cups red onion minced
  • 2 cups green onion chopped
  • 2 cups chives chopped
  • 6 cups broccoli cooked
  • 6 cups sloppy joe meat
  • 1 1/2 cups bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 4 1/2 cups ham chopped


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


* 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, ham gravy with cornstarch, chicken stock 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.


Serving: 12people | Calories: 1299kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 49g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Cholesterol: 265mg | Sodium: 4687mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g
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