Broccoli Cheese Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are one my favorite fast, comforting meals. They’re tasty simply topped with cheese and butter, of course, but they’re even better covered in a hearty veggie chili (like these Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes) or in a creamy sauce (like this Creamy Spinach & Mushroom Sauce). Don’t you agree?
For these baked potatoes, we went with one of the most classic combos of all time: broccoli + cheddar. We kicked things up a notch by incorporating sautéed red onions and garlic into the sauce, too. The result was a decadent, soup-like, practically drinkable cheese sauce that was just absolutely delicious. Enjoy these potatoes by themselves, or serve them alongside a nice salad (or whatever else you think goes with baked potatoes).
1 small red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. Butter
3 T. Flour
1 c. 2% milk
4-6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper, to taste
Light sour cream
Diced green onions to garnish (optional)
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray it with cooking spray and place the potatoes onto the foil. Spray the tops of the potatoes with cooking spray, too. Cook until fork tender, about 70 minutes.
2) Place a vegetable steamer in a large pot and fill the pot with water so that the water level is just under the steamer. Place the broccoli in the steamer, cover the pot and turn the burner on high for about seven minutes. Remove from heat, but keep the lid on.
3) Heat two tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, and the red onion and garlic and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
4) Season the onion/garlic with salt, pepper and a dash each of cayenne and nutmeg. Add the flour and stir constantly for two minutes.
5) our in the cup of milk a little bit at a time, stirring constantly. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and, once it’s simmering, remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Once the cheese is incorporated, stir in the broccoli.
6) Slice the potatoes in half and use your hands to push in either end so the potato opens up. Add a bit of sour cream to the hot potato, then scoop on the broccoli cheese sauce. We topped with additional cheese and broiled the potato to get a crispy finish. Garnish with diced green onions, if desired.