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Broccoli Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes

cheddar broccoli loaded baked potatoes

These Broccoli Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes literally gave me life on a super cold and dreary day.

It had been raining all day in Georgia, and my other friends in TX and MS are dealing with entire power outages/no water/general chaos from a crazy winter storm. So essentially, I was not feeling it!

I had some potatoes and thought about how low-maintenance they are – you can just set them in the oven and leave them alone while they bake. Voila, this dinner recipe was born!

My Broccoli Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes start out with a simple method of baking the potatoes for 45 minutes until the insides are soft. Then, scoop out the potato mash into a bowl. Add chopped cooked bacon (leave out if vegetarian), chopped broccoli, shredded cheese, and a bit of sour cream; stir it all together with some seasonings.

Throw that back in the oven and quickly make this homemade cheese sauce – which turned out way better and easier than anticipated. I’ve found that most recipes call for you to shred your own cheese and I just truly wasn’t feeling that lol. By using finely pre-shredded cheese, you can get a super smooth consistency that tastes delectable. I also added a bit of turmeric powder for a better orange color.

Pop these babies out the oven and pour that homemade cheese sauce on it – and you’re in heaven. For real. These are so easy, but super warm and filling. I’ve never been that person who would spend money at a restaurant for stuffed potatoes because they’re so simple to make – so you definitely have to give this homemade version a try!

cheddar broccoli loaded baked potatoes

Broccoli Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes (with Cheese Sauce)

Shani W.
These super yummy Broccoli Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes are surprisingly filling. Imagine all the flavors of one of my favorite soups, stuffed in an actual baked potato! Try this low-maintenance meal for your next dinner at home.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 2 potatoes

Ingredients
  

Potatoes

  • 2 ct russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ct broccoli crown
  • 4 strips bacon cooked (fried or baked)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese finely shredded

Cheese Sauce

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk/almond milk
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • Wash the outside of the potatoes throroughly. Brush with vegetable oil, and poke holes all over the potatoes using a fork.
  • Bake on 450°F for 45 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooling, chop up the broccoli and cooked bacon into small pieces.
  • Scoop out the insides of the potato into a large bowl.
  • Combine the potato mash, chopped broccoli, chopped bacon (save a bit to sprinkle on top), sour cream, and ½ cup cheddar cheese. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. The potato mixture should be smooth and even.
  • Scoop the mixture back into the potatoes. Bake for another 10 minutes at 450°F.
  • While the loaded potatoes are baking: add the heavy cream, cheddar cheese, and milk to a saucepan with the hot sauce.
  • Stir continuously until melted and it has a smooth consistency. If needed, add a bit more milk to thin out the sauce.
    Optional: for a more orange color, add a few shakes of tumeric powder.
  • Serve the loaded potatoes with cheese sauce, sour cream, and more crumbled bacon on top. Enjoy!
Keyword Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Cheddar, Vegetarian

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $2.61
  • Total Cost (2 servings): $5.22
  • Those Other Guys: $8.99 per serving

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