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How to Make a Mashed Potato Bar

Created January 10, 2017
The big game calls for big flavors, and with an easily customizable mashed potato bar, you’re bound to score big with your guests.

Whether you’re a diehard fan or just there for the party, football season brings fun, friendship and food together in one living room. With so many mouths to feed on big game day, the best option for keeping everyone happy is serving foods that guests can easily customize. Our go-to this year? A mashed potato bar!


Mashed potato bars are an affordable yet indulgent way to entertain and satisfy a crowd. And it all starts with the humble spud. Betty Crocker potatoes serve as the hearty, flavorful base and then you can put out a variety of toppings—we recommend somewhere around 5-10 (think sauces, cheese, crunchy toppings, veggies and meats).


The most crucial decision is choosing your potatoes. To serve 10 guests, you’ll need three pouches of Betty Crocker flavored mashed potatoes. Using our shortcut potatoes saves you crucial game-watching time and a whole lot of counter space. Serve one signature flavor, like Butter & Herb, or give your guests a flight of flavors by bringing Sour Cream and Chives and Roasted Garlic into the mix. It’s best to cook the potatoes just before guests arrive to ensure they’re served warm.


Then all you need is a table, small containers for toppings and serving bowls and utensils. Challenge guests to see who can build the most delicious mashed potato bowl. And don’t be shy—commercial breaks are the perfect time to create a second bowl!