Broccoli and Cheese Potato Skins

I have really had cravings for broccoli lately.  Broccoli and cheese to be exact. I’ve thought of soups, and I have made casseroles, and I just was not completely satisfied. I wanted more. As you may or may not be aware, I created a new site called Baked Potato Skins and it is my playground for all things potato skins. Everything from the classic potato skin to what I call the Hangover can be found there. The thought of broccoli and cheese soup led me to create those comforting flavors and place them inside of a baked potato skin.

Broccoli and Cheese Potato Skins Recipe

I was inspired to make these potato skins from a memory I had while back in middle school. A simple memory of being at the local mall, and inside being a small restaurant that served, I believe, broccoli and cheese twice baked potatoes. For the life of my wife and I, we both recall them, we cannot figure out what that chain restaurant was named. If you remember, please let me know.

Ingredients:

  • 5 whole Russet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, minced
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets, steamed and patted dry
  • 2 cups of cheddar jack cheese, shredded

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove from the baking sheet, and place on a plate to let cool for about 15 minutes.

Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and you will cut lengthwise, into three segments of one potato, long slices. So each potato will yield two skins, right? Discard the middle slice and reuse for breakfast the following morning, or heck for that matter, add some butter, salt, and cream, and make some rustic mashed potatoes.

Continue this cutting process with the rest of the potatoes. You should then have 10 skins. With a small spoon, being careful, scoop out about 70 percent of the potato, as you still want some potato in your boat.

Next, melt your butter in the microwave. Get your broiler heated to high. Brush the butter on the inside and outside of each potato skin and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season the inside of each skin with salt and pepper.

How to make broccoli and cheese potatoes

Place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter.

Remove them from the oven, and fill each one with a bit of red onion and garlic. Place back in the oven and cook another couple of minutes.

Remove them once again, and fill them up with chopped broccoli and load them up with the cheese.

Again, place them back in the oven and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.

Remove them from the oven, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and plate them up.

Now I got my broccoli fix. Healthy? Probably not the healthiest with the cheese and butter, but that thought is taken away when you bite into the potato skin that is loaded with broccoli. These are darn delicious and a perfect game time snack. I hope you enjoy.

Broccoli and Cheese Potato Skins
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 5 whole Russet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of red onion, minced
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets, steamed and patted dry
  • 2 cups of cheddar jack cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove from the baking sheet, and place on a plate to let cool for about 15 minutes.
  2. Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and you will cut lengthwise, into three segments of one potato, long slices. So each potato will yield two skins, right? Discard the middle slice and reuse for breakfast the following morning, or heck for that matter, add some butter, salt, and cream, and make some rustic mashed potatoes.
  3. Continue this cutting process with the rest of the potatoes. You should then have 10 skins. With a small spoon, being careful, scoop out about 70 percent of the potato, as you still want some potato in your boat.
  4. Next, melt your butter in the microwave. Get your broiler heated to high. Brush the butter on the inside and outside of each potato skin and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season the inside of each skin with salt and pepper.
  5. Place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter.
  6. Remove them from the oven, and fill each one with a bit of red onion and garlic. Place back in the oven and cook another couple of minutes.
  7. Remove them once again, and fill them up with chopped broccoli and load them up with the cheese.
  8. Again, place them back in the oven and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.
  9. Remove them from the oven, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and plate them up.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

6 thoughts on “Broccoli and Cheese Potato Skins

  1. I believe the restaurant was called One Potato Two (or at least the ones in the malls I hung out at were One Potato Two). And it was fan-freaking-tastic. As are these potato skins! :)

  2. This is an absolutely fabulous recipe! I particularly love your photos Dax, you do a brilliant job of them. I write a blog about potatoes, (and make jewellery from them too!)so you can see why I was drawn to this great recipe of yours.

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