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Broccoli & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

I love all things potato! And lately I have been wondering why I don’t do more twice baked potatoes. They really are a great go-to lunch item for me. They warm up quickly in the oven and packed full of all kinds of goodness. I like having them on hand too because then there are options for dinner side dishes when I have forgotten to make anything else.

With broccoli in season I decided it was high time I do some experimenting with a broccoli and cheese twice baked potato. I was not disappointed. Think creamy mashed potatoes loaded with cheese and vegetable goodness. Yum!

And given that we are quickly approaching Christmas dinner, they are also a great side dish for that as well. Everyone likes a potato, why not dress yours up for Christmas?

Author/Source:

Tricia @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded #1
  • 0.5 cups sour cream
  • 0.5 cups ranch dressing
  • 0.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded #2

Directions:

Wash and poke holes in potatoes using a fork. Cover potatoes in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Remove potatoes from oven and from foil. Allow to cool to the touch. Cut in half lengthwise. Using a towel or hot pad to protect your hand, hold the potato and scoop out the insides being certain to leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch in the skin (see illustrations below). Place scooped out middles in a large bowl.

Mash the cooked potatoes with a fork or potato masher. Note: they should be lumpy, not smooth. To the potatoes add steamed broccoli, cheddar cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing and garlic powder. Mix well.

Add mixture back to hallowed out skins. Top with remaining cheddar cheese #2. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheeses melted. Serve.

Freezing Directions:

Follow directions above but do not bake a second time. Instead, wrap in saran wrap and place in a gallon freezer bag. To serve: Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or microwave for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Servings: 4


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16 Responses to “Broccoli & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes”

  1. Yum I love twice-baked potatoes, but my husband just is OK with them. If i’d known they freeze well…I’ll be making these more often. Thanks!

  2. diane says:

    Christmas dinner at 4 or 5 is perfect.

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  8. Stephanie says:

    If you don’t want to spend time scooping out all of the insides, just boil and mash potatoes skins and all, mix in the fixin’s, and freeze. When ready to use, thaw and cook according to directions. Usually meaning bake until golden brown.

    Same yummy flavor….less work

  9. Melissa says:

    Will you please tell me if I could take these from the freezer and put them in the crockpot to warm. Thank you.

  10. Jamie says:

    Do these potatoes need to be thawed the night before? This would be great for my husband’s lunches!

    • Kelly says:

      You can thaw them in the fridge the night before, but they can be cooked from frozen. I pack my husbands lunches and I just thaw it out in the fridge and put it in his cooler and by lunch it’s perfect to microwave. :)

  11. Emma says:

    I absolutely LOVE these! I make them all the time. They’re such a good staple to have in the freezer!

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