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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins

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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 8 small Idaho potatoes about 2 1/2 pounds total, scrubbed and dried
  • 4 tsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. broccoli florets (coarsely chopped (about 4 cups) - can use riced or frozen broccoli)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 pieces Canadian bacon (finely diced, about 3 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar (about 3 ounces)
  • For the Avocado Creme:
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced, greens reserved)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Pierce potatoes several times with a fork and wrap in paper towels. Microwave on high for 13 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Remove from microwave and cool until potatoes are easy to handle. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop all but 1/8 inch of the inside of the potato, leaving skin intact. Reserve scooped potato flesh for another use.
  • Brush both inside and outside of potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place potatoes, skin-side down, on a baking sheet and bake until skins are crisp and edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling. Steam the broccoli until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the Canadian bacon and cook until crisp stirring often, about 3 to 4 minutes. Reserve.
  • To make avocado cream, combine scallion whites, avocado, sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, garlic and salt in the small bowl of a food processor and process on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Toss the broccoli with cheese and spoon filling evenly among potatoes. Place potatoes in oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the avocado cream on top of broccoli-filled potatoes, then top with scallion greens and 1 teaspoon crisped bacon bits.
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