Friday, November 12, 2010

Twice Smashed Baked Potatoes

This is one of those super simple recipes I’ve seen done 100 times, but never made it myself. I really liked the addition of broccoli to the baked potato and I would surely make them again. I left out the Gouda, but I will be trying it in there next time. 
Twice Smashed Baked Potatoes
(Adapted from The Neely's)

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4 large russet potatoes, each about 3/4 pound each, well scrubbed
1/2 pound broccoli florets, blanched
4 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar, plus extra for topping
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda, plus extra for topping
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Butter, for serving, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pierce potatoes with fork. Place on center rack of oven and cook for 1 hour. (I just microwaved them.)

Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Using a paring knife, cut a canoe-like top out of the potatoes. Scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl, leaving a 1/2-inch thick wall around the skin.

Add the blanched broccoli to the potatoes. Stir in the butter, sour cream, Cheddar, Gouda, and salt and pepper; and mash until creamy.
Using a small spoon, scoop the filling back into the potatoes. It will be a nice mounded pile of filling. Sprinkle with more of both cheeses on top of the potatoes.

Set the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through and cheese in melted and gooey. Serve with butter, if desired.


1 comment:

  1. These look really good. I bet the gouda does give it another layer of flavor.