Broccoli Cheese Potato Skins
When your favorite team is on TV, it’s critical to have easy and delicious snacks handy. We love traditional loaded potato skins but we got a little creative and wanted a new flavor combination. Who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese anything?
It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Simply cut the baked potatoes in half and scoop out room for the filling. Then you’ll broil the taters for a few minutes on each side and load ‘em up with the broccoli and cheese filling. Yum!
When shopping for ingredients, be sure to buy the Russet potatoes in the 5-pound bag because they are usually smaller. The potatoes loose in the bin tend to be larger and will take longer to bake.
Broccoli Cheese Potato Skins Recipe
- 8 oz small broccoli florets
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 6 small Russet potatoes, baked and cooled
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- salt and pepper, to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish
- Place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with a splash of water, cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter then add the flour and whisk for 1 minute until foamy and thoroughly combined. Whisk in the milk and turn up the heat. Continue whisking until milk simmers and begins to thicken. When milk is simmering, turn down the heat and let milk continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese a bit at a time mixing until all cheese is added and melted. Stir in salt and chili powder then mix in the broccoli florets. Combine and set aside.
- Preheat broiler and cut baked potatoes in half lengthwise.
- Using a spoon, make shallow trough in cut side of potato to hold filling, leaving at least a ¼" border around edges. Be careful not to take too much potato out, just enough to keep filling from sliding off. Brush potatoes with butter, season lightly with salt and pepper. Turn potatoes over and butter and season the skin side. Place them on a baking sheet, skin side up and broil 2-3 minutes until starting to brown. Turn over and broil 2- 3 minutes more then remove from oven.
- Sprinkle broccoli and cheddar cheese mixture evenly among the potato skins. Top with remaining cheese.
- Broil about 3-4 minutes more until cheese is melted then remove from oven. Enjoy while still warm.