Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes

Naturally gluten-free and grain-free, these Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes are creamy, packed with flavor, nourishing and so delicious! They a perfect vegetarian main dish or hearty side dish. Option to add bacon if not vegetarian. A great make-ahead dish too!

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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes

A delicious gluten-free vegetarian main dish or side dish!

You are going to love these Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes!

Naturally gluten-free and grain-free, nourishing, delicious and satisfying they make a perfect vegetarian main or hearty side dish.

And if you’re not vegetarian, there’s an option to add bacon too, as some in my house love!

Best part? They are super easy to make!

And they reheat well making them perfect for making ahead!

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So let’s make them!

You need just 8 main ingredients.

2 large potatoes

broccoli

cream cheese

shredded cheddar cheese (we used Organic Valley white cheddar, hence the color)

milk (we’ve used both 1% and 2%)

salt

pepper

olive oil, not shown

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And there are two additional ingredients for extra flavor as desired:

bacon (if you eat it) and

chives for garnish.

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We’ve made these many times both with and without the bacon and/ or chives and they are delicious either way! So it is really about personal preference and what ingredients you have on hand.

Note, if you have a family that’s a mix of vegetarians and those who love bacon, you could also just add the bacon to a few potatoes rather than all of the potatoes. So lots of ability to customize!

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And they come together quickly.

There is not a lot of prep time, just baking time.

The first thing to do is bake the potatoes. I know there are many ways to bake a potato. I follow the old fashioned way of baking them for 50 minutes.

But one tip I’ve learned over the years to make them look golden and extra crisp on the outside is to gently coat them with olive oil before baking.

Let the potatoes cool enough so that you can handle them and then slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the center into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, while the potatoes cool, make the bacon if using, and saute the broccoli for just about 5-7 minutes, covered for part of the time to steam them so the are bright green and tender.

If everyone at your table enjoys bacon, you could even saute the broccoli in the bacon oil, giving them extra flavor and you one less pan to clean!

Then all you do is mix the potatoes, cream cheese, milk, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper until nice and smooth.

Then stir in the broccoli and bacon, if using.

Spoon them into the potato skins, top with more cheese and broil for just 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melty and golden.

That’s it’s!

Super simple yet flavorful and delicious!

Make ahead options…

These potatoes reheat well making them a perfect dish to make ahead or eat leftovers for lunch or another meal.

I’ve made them ahead two ways:

  • Make up until topping with cheese, then top with cheese and bake when ready. If you choose this option, you’ll need to bake them a bit to warm before broiling to get the golden top.
  • Make entirely and just reheat (oven or microwave).

Both work!

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Any way you make them, these Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes are packed with flavor and so delicious!

A perfect main dish, alongside a big salad. Or a perfect hearty side dish.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes

Naturally gluten-free and grain-free, these Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes are creamy, packed with flavor, nourishing and so delicious! They a perfect vegetarian main dish or hearty side dish. Option to add bacon if not vegetarian. A great make-ahead dish too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Lunch, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional
Keyword: easy recipe, broccoli cheddar, stuffed potatoes, gluten free, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 4 oz cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese room temp
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or dairy-free cheese plus more for topping
  • ¼ cup milk or dairy-free milk of choice we've used 1% and 2% , though any milk will work
  • ¾ teaspoon salt plus extra for seasoning broccoli
  • ½ teaspoon pepper plus extra for seasoning broccoli
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets I tend to chop them into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chives for topping, more or less to taste
  • 4 slices bacon optional for non-vegetarian version

Instructions

Bake the potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Prepare the potatoes by rinsing and drying them, then using the prongs of a fork, pierce the potatoes in a few places - this will allow some of the steam to escape while baking and prevent the potato from splitting open or exploding in the oven.
  • Optional, for a crispy outside, lightly oil the potatoes with olive oil or oil of choice.
  • Then place on a baking sheet and bake 50 minutes, or until the potato is cooked -- it will be crisp on the outside, tender to the touch and starting to bubble through. Time may vary depending on potato size (up to 60 mins)
  • Let stand until cool enough to handle.

Saute Broccoli and Make Bacon if using.

  • While the potatoes cool, saute broccoli. In a medium saute pan, over medium heat, heat olive oil, then add broccoli and cover 1-2 minutes until broccoli bright green. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I just do a sprinkle or two of each) and cook a few more minutes. The objective is make the broccoli just tender, not overly cooked. Set aside. **
  • ** OPTION: If using bacon, make bacon at this time too. You can make bacon any way you prefer, but if you cook it in a skillet, saute the broccoli in the bacon oil for extra flavor. Set aside. Break into small pieces before adding to potato mixture.

Make the filling

  • Raise oven temperature to broil.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes in halve lengthwise and scoop out the inside of the potato into a large mixing bowl. Place the skins on a baking sheet or in baking dish.
  • Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, milk, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl with potatoes. Beat with a hand mixer or stand up mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in sauteed broccoli, and bacon if using.
  • Spoon the potato mix into each potato skin. Top with additional cheese and broil for 5-7 minutes or until cheese melted and golden in spots. ***
  • *** If you opt to prepare the potatoes ahead of serving and need to reheat, top the stuffed potatoes with cheese and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes to warm, then raise temperature to broil and bake an additional 5 minutes to make the tops golden.
  • Top with chives or additional bacon bits as desired, serve and enjoy!
  • Fully baked stuffed potatoes store well in the refrigerator in a sealed container for several days and reheat well in the microwave or oven.

Notes

Options to make ahead:
  • You could bake the potatoes and stuff them with the cheddar broccoli potato mix, then refrigerate until ready to serve.  Top with cheddar cheese and bake. 
  • You could make them entirely including  baking with the cheddar cheese then just reheat in the microwave.
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