These Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes are bite-sized and make the perfect easy holiday appetizer! Plus, they’re easy to make ahead!
So, I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I don’t love broccoli.
I know I’ve mentioned that before because, well, there’s this here Layered Broccoli Salad (which my husband deemed the best so I had to share!), but I just feel like I have to be completely honest with you.
And although my veggie-resistant self sees broccoli as the lowest of the low, my husband tells me it is actually quite enjoyable, and my 4 year old loves broccoli. Whenever we’re grocery shopping I ask her what kinds of veggies she wants to snack on for the week and broccoli is always at the top of the list! Next are carrots, tomatoes and, way down the line, cucumbers.
See, I know that broccoli and cheddar are just one of those awesome combinations, (I mean, cheddar with just about anything, right?!), so I was confident these would be a hit here, especially with the kids!
And I was right. The girls loved these, the husband loved these, and I love that I’m packing in 2 healthy veggies plus a good dose of calcium and a bit of protein into each little bite.
Another thing to love about these little twice baked potatoes? They are such a great make ahead appetizer or side dish! You can prep them all the way til the last bake, then just cover them up and keep in the fridge for a while, before baking them when you need them.
There’s nothing this mama loves more than being able to prep a dish completely when I can find 5 or 10 minutes without a child on each leg.
I made these twice baked potatoes with some Blushing Belles from The Little Potato Company, but really any of the Little Potatoes would work well — I just think the red skin is so pretty! The Terrific Trio would be another great way to add a fun pop of color to your holiday platter.
- These are perfect for a make ahead appetizer or side dish for the holidays! As I mentioned above, you can make do all the prep right up until the last bake, then just cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours before baking them the second time and serving to guests.
- I used cream, because I had some extra in the fridge, but you can use milk or whatever you have on hand! Buttermilk would also work, or sour cream.
- To steam broccoli quickly, place finely chopped broccoli in a microwave safe container (I use one with the little vent that pops open), and add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Put the lid on but pop the top, and cook on high for 1 minute. I didn’t have to drain any water — the broccoli had absorbed it or the steam escaped right through the vent.
*This post is sponsored by The Little Potato Company as part of my ambassadorship with them. Thank you for supporting brands that help me bring you more creamy, cheesy recipes!
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Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes
- 12 Little Potatoes about ½ a 1.5lb bag
- 1/4 cup milk or cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup finely chopped steamed broccoli
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until tender. Cool until you’re able to handle them (I place mine in the fridge to speed this up!).
- Slice potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon, being careful to leave enough of the sides intact so that they are sturdy enough to fill.
- Mash potato flesh with a fork. Add milk, salt and garlic powder and mash until smooth.
- Stir in broccoli and ½ cup cheddar. Spoon into potato shells and press down gently to fill.
- Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, until heated through and cheese has started to brown. Serve immediately.
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Mashed for the holidays… gravy n mashed potatoes is yum!! But casserole is my fave as well as scalloped.. all potatoes dishes are great
Ashley Fehr says
A variety never hurts either! 🙂
LILLIAN BROWN says
(1) Hashbrown Casserole is my fave, so easy
Ashley Fehr says
And creamy and delicious!
Angela Bublitz says
Oh, mashed potatoes all the way!!!
Mary Garza says
you cant go wrong with mashed potatoes, especially on a day like Thanksgiving! who doesn’t like mashed potatoes with gravy…now here is where you can dice it up like adding garlic or keeping the skins on or dressing up your potatoes with green onions can be the next hit everybody talks about for years to come.
If your hosting a large party then several dishes made with potatoes like twice baked or a hash brown casserole are always crowd pleasers…all it takes is imagination and a great recipe shared!!
Ashley Fehr says
Yes, those make ahead casseroles can be so handy when it comes to the holidays! Thanks Mary!
E. Williams says
Hashbrown Casserole is my favorite all the time
Tara C. says
Scalloped potatoes are my favorite:) But you can’t go wrong with any kind of potatoes!
Tammy Morse says
I love the mini twice bake potatoes because you can add all kinds of veggies and top it off with and cheese and melt it and get the Kids to eat veggies on the holidays. With the mini twice bake potatoes you can dice the veggies up small enough and get it ready so the kids won’t see you do it.. You can make more and save money doing the mini twice bake potatoes . Your happy and you have a Happy Holiday a well…
I love them all. But my favourite over the holidays is my recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes with cream cheese, sour cream and a touch of grated cheddar over top. You can never have too much cheese! ?
Those look so delicious and I must try asap! I am always down for cheese and potatoes! I would have to say scalloped, when made right of course! 🙂
Mashed potatoes all the way!
michele moore says
I like to serve scalloped potatoes that has onion and cheddar cheese.
Hashbrown casseroles can be made a variety of ways with different flavors…I like variety.
Susan Christy says
Hash Brown Casserole – best holiday dish ever!!!
Valerie Pittier says
What a hard choice – potatoes are my fave vegetable!! If I had to choose just one it would be mashed, especially with a white gravy!!
Linda Turner says
Mashed without doubt! casserole #2
Carol JLG says
All potatoes are great but mashed are the best with gravy!!!!
Jeanny Jakobsen says
My family loves their mashed and smashed potatoes! We love to add garlic or parm and get creative with butters and gravies for them. Nothing is more versatile or easily made in a snap.
Ashley Fehr says
Yes, they are so fun to experiment with!
John T. says
Nothing says holidays like mashed potatoes mixed with some butter and a little milk.
I love mashed potatoes for the holidays! There’s nothing better than homemade gravy.