When I think of party food, the first thing that comes to mind is usually something fried or smothered in cheese. But lately, I’ve been shaking things up and serving baked potatoes instead. I know, I know, baked potatoes might not sound like the most exciting party food out there, but trust me, they’re the perfect party food—especially when you add extra special toppings like a mouth-watering cheddar. We’ve got three pairings that shake up the basic baked potato recipe, all of which feature cheeses that are a party in your mouth all on their own.
For this baked potato recipe, we worked with a few flavors from Wood River Creamery. Their cheeses feature delicious flavor combinations—think Mango Habanero and Chipotle Garlic, for example!—and are aged to perfection. These one-of-a-kind cheddar gruyere cheeses are created and handcrafted in small batches by Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers and staff. Oh, and they are recognized nationally by the most discerning cheese experts.
Alright, now back to the potatoes. There are so many ways you can top a baked potato, but you are always, always, always going to need some kind of dairy product. Don’t discount a simple topping of cheese because the simplest things done right sometimes make for the best meals. If you are craving the perfect simple baked potato, add some freshly grated Wood River Creamery Cheddar Gruyere, salt, and pepper. It is sure to be a hit. You can even get creative with the type of potato you use. Sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, or Yukon Gold potatoes would all work well.
Basic Baked Potato Recipe
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Wash and dry four large russet potatoes
- Rub each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
- Pierce each potato a few times with a fork
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 60 minutes or until potatoes are cooked
Remove the potatoes from the oven and cool them slightly. Cut each potato in half lengthwise.
Top with additional Wood River Creamery Cheddar Gruyere. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Now that you’ve masted the basics, here are a few ways to take it up a notch.
Pairing #1: Wood River Creamery Black Truffle Cheddar Gruyere, Sour Cream, Caviar, and Chives
For a luxurious take on the humble baked potato, top it with caviar and chives. The salty goodness of the caviar will offset the richness of the potato, while the chives will add a touch of freshness. The Wood River Creamery Black Truffle Cheddar Gruyere is an earthy, aromatic cheese that complements and balances these flavors. It’s a casually fancy meal. My favorite kind of fancy.
Pairing #2: Wood River Creamery Smoked Cracked Peppercorn, Crispy Pork Belly, and Fresh Herbs
This pairing is guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters. The crispy pork belly provides a nice crunch, while the Wood River Creamery Smoked Cracked Peppercorn adds a bit of smokiness that enhances the overall flavor. Plus, who doesn’t love pork belly? It’s basically bacon without all the guilt. Yum!
Pairing #3: Wood River Creamery Mango Habanero Cheddar Gruyere, Mango Salsa, and Pickled Onions
If you’re looking for something with a little spice, this pairing is for you. The mango salsa adds flavor without too much heat, while the Wood River Creamery Mango Habenero Cheddar Gruyere cheese provides a nice bit of sweet heat. It’s simple but oh-so-delicious.
Hope this helps with your next dinner party! Remember, it’s all in the toppings. A big thanks to Wood River Creamery Cheddar Gruyere for taking these spuds to the next level!
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