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Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

November 15, 2019

The most delicious Broccoli Cheese stuffed inside a giant crispy baked potato. Broccoli Baked Potatoes are about to change your life!

overhead shot of fork digging into broccoli cheese inside potato

Broccoli Baked Potatoes

You guys, seriously. When I say I face planted each and everyone one of these I truly mean it. Think cheesy baked potato, but more intense. Think broccoli cheese, with all the carbs it rightfully deserves. You with me? Okay good. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Flour, Butter & Milk (for the roux)
  • Cheese
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chives

That’s it! 

These are perfect for an indulgent lunch, an easy dinner with some grilled chicken or even as part of a spread at your next roast dinner! The broccoli cheese is the main event of these bad boys, so let’s tuck into that quickly.

closeup shot of broccoli inside side baked potato with fork digging in

Broccoli Cheese

The cheesy broccoli in these potatoes is pretty similar to my broccoli and cauliflower cheese, just with a few tweaks. In that recipe I roast the broccoli, and you could totally do that here. But for this recipe I actually pan fry the broccoli.

Pan Fried Broccoli

I do this for a couple of different reasons. First is purely convenience (all in one pan). Second is for the flavour though. Just like roasting, you get gorgeous caramelization, which adds flavour to the broccoli. I don’t recommend boiling the broccoli. Not only do you lose out on flavour, but the broccoli heads will absorb the water and release it when they bake. This will dilute both the flavour and texture.

How to make Broccoli Cheese (quick summary)

  1. Melt butter in pan.
  2. Fry Broccoli.
  3. Stir in Flour.
  4. Gradually whisk in milk.
  5. Add mustard, chives and cheese.
  6. Stir to combine.

How to make broccoli cheese - 6 step by step photos

Top Tip – Ensure your milk is at room temp! This will help the roux form better and stop lumps forming.
Cheese – I recommend a nice strong sharp cheddar (cheddar and broccoli is a classic combo). If you’re feeling fancy consider subbing half Gruyere!

Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

Alright, let’s get stuffing.

You’ll need 4 very large baking potatoes. Russets work great. Bake them, slice them, gut them and stuff them. Simples! Make sure you leave enough space around the skin to hold the filling (and not leak out).

How to make Broccoli Baked Potatoes (quick summary)

  1. Stab potatoes, rub in oil and salt.
  2. Bake until crispy and knife tender.
  3. Slice off top.
  4. Slice about 1/4″ away from skin and scoop out centre.
  5. Pour in broccoli cheese.
  6. Top with more cheese and bake in oven.

How to make broccoli baked potatoes - 6 step by step photos

Can I make these ahead of time?

If you want to make them ahead of time I recommend making the broccoli cheese and potatoes separately. Just before serving, combine the two and pop in the oven at a slightly lower temp for 5mins extra.

And there we have it! Couldn’t be easier and consequently couldn’t be more delicious! With regards to your leftover mash, you could totally use it in Tuna Potato Patties, or turn it into Mustard Mash. These recipes also go perfectly with a side of mash:

What to serve with Mashed Potato

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the cheesy broccoli potatoes shall we?!

cheesy broccoli spilling out of potato on white plate

How to make Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup shot of broccoli inside side baked potato with fork digging in

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

The most delicious Broccoli Cheese stuffed inside a giant crispy baked potato. Broccoli Baked Potatoes are about to change your life!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course / Roast Dinner
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 potatoes
Calories: 773kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Baking Tray
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large, Deep Frying Pan
  • Jug (for milk)
  • Cheese Grater
  • Serving Spoon

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 large Baking Potatoes (Russets work great)
  • 14oz / 400g Broccoli Florets (diced into very small chunks)
  • 2 1/2 cups / 250g Strong Cheddar, grated (save some to top)
  • 2 cups / 500ml Milk, at room temp
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Chives, finely diced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Instructions:

  • Stab your potatoes a few times all around, then coat in a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pop in the oven at 356f/180c for 90mins, or until deep golden, crispy and knife tender.
  • Meanwhile, melt 3 tbsp butter in a pan over medium heat. Add 14oz/400g broccoli florets and fry for 5 mins until they JUST begin to pick up colour. Turn heat to low and continue frying for another 10mins or until they soften. Season with salt and pepper. (Alternatively you can roast the broccoli)
  • Turn heat back up to medium, stir in 2 tbsp flour and fry for a few mins. Gradually pour in 2cups/500ml milk, whisking as you go, until thickened and lump free.
  • Turn off heat and stir in 2cups/200g cheddar. Add 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp fresh chives and seasoning to taste. Place to one side.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice the very tops off. Gut out the centre, leaving a thin wall attached to thin skin (enough that will keep the filling from seeping out). Split broccoli cheese among potatoes and top with your remainder of cheese.
  • Pop back in the oven at 220c/430f for 10-15mins or until golden and bubbly on top. Allow to rest for a few mins so the filling thickens slightly then tuck in!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Broccoli Weight - Ensure you're using 14oz/400g of broccoli florets, not the weight before you chop it up. It's about 2 small whole broccolis. Also just ensure you chop it nice and small so it cooks through when frying.
b) Cooking Broccoli - I fry for two reasons: first is simply because it's easiest (all in one pan etc), but second because you get gorgeous flavour that you simply can't get when boiling/steaming. You can also roast the broccoli to mimic the caramelization and get good flavour, just definitely don't boil (water will release in the sauce and make thin out the flavour/texture)
c) Cheese - Cheddar is definitely the classic combo with broccoli, a nice strong one will punch a good amount of flavour. If you want to take it up a notch, replace half the cheddar with Gruyere.ย 
d) Make Ahead - I recommend making the broccoli cheese and potatoes separately (so the sauce doesn't seep into potato) then combine and cook at 390f/200c for 15-20mins (or until cooked through).ย 
e) Calories - per potato assuming 1 tbsp olive oil is used to coat potatoes.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 773 Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value*
Fat 38.06g59%
Saturated Fat 20.19g101%
Trans Fat 1.034g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.165g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.202g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 672mg28%
Potassium 2074mg59%
Carbohydrates 76.96g26%
Fiber 9.8g39%
Sugar 10.03g11%
Protein 32.75g66%
Vitamin A 3746IU75%
Vitamin C 45.3mg55%
Calcium 784mg78%
Iron 5.86mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Alison
    November 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    5 stars
    My husband loves broccoli and cheddar soup and putting it inside a potato is taking it to the next level!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    November 15, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    5 stars
    Cheesy and delicious. I loved these. My family loved them too. Even my picky eaters. Yum!

  • Reply
    Anita
    November 15, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    5 stars
    The potatoes look crazy delicious. And I’m luck, I have everything in my pantry and fridge, ready to go. We’re going to have a nice dinner tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Aimee Mars
    November 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    5 stars
    These cheesy broccoli baked potatoes look amazing and I know my kids would love them too! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    November 15, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    5 stars
    Oh My! These potatoes look Cheesy Broccoli delicious! They are a meal themselves.

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    November 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like the ultimate baked potato!!
    I am usually WAY too lazy to make a good baked potato and end up just nuking it in the microwave. This is so much better!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 16, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Haha, I am guilty of this sometimes too!!

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