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The Ultimate Stuffed Potato

★★★★★

  • 5 large baking potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup 1% milk
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 2 heads broccoli florets, blanched in salty water
  • ½ pound cooked bacon, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives

Preheat oven to 400°.

Place potatoes onto baking sheet. Pierce with fork, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt. Bake for 1 hour.

While baking, prepare sauce. Combine butter and flour over medium heat until no lumps are left. Whisk in cream and milk. Fold in 2 cups of cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat and fold in cooked broccoli, bacon, chives, and season with salt and pepper.

When potatoes are done, cut across top and squeeze from bottom, so a pouch opens and bottom is squared off. Spoon filling over top then pop back in oven for 2 more minutes until bubbly.

Makes 5 servings

Source : Food Network/Tyler Florence, 2007


These are definitely ultimate! Filling too! I’ve made these before and used regular milk and frozen broccoli. This time I added in heavy cream. Why? Because it was in the fridge and let’s face it, fat adds good flavor! I’d say it added a touch of decadent. A typical white sauce otherwise, I was going to just use the heavy cream, but it ended up making such a thick paste that I had to amend it with the milk to create more of a saucy consistency. The bacon had, once again, been pre-grilled and therefore I only had to chop it up. The broccoli, this time, was fresh, so I did blanch it as directed, after cutting it up to bite size pieces.

The original recipe calls for white cheddar, for whatever subconscious reason, I cannot stand white cheddar. I like my cheddar orange and so that’s what I used. I also did not add more cheddar to the top (likely because I had stirred it all into the sauce without setting any aside.) This time the potatoes went into the oven, the kosher salt and olive oil just do something incredible to a potato. In the past, if there’s a rush on dinner, they have gone in the microwave for the bulk of the cooking and into the oven to finish off.

This is a great meal because it doesn’t use a meat (well, beyond the bacon) and is very filling. The vegetable is included so there’s no need for a side dish – not that we had room for one. Except for the two boys that must be growing and helped themselves to leftover green beans and applesauce after their potatoes.

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