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Baked Potatoes (Crock Pot) with Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Baked Potatoes (Crock Pot) with Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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Boy, do I have an easy, summer friendly, keep your house cool, kid friendly kind of recipe for you today. Because I happen to know you like that kind of thing, don’t you. Me too. You and I have a lot in common. 


How nice. 


Did you know, that Baked Potatoes can be made in the crock pot. It’s true. I totally tried it, and it works like a dream. Keeps the house nice and cool. Cooks while you are busy doing other things like passing out otter pops to the kids on your block, driving your kids to the pool, weeding your garden, cutting up juicy watermelons…and such.


Make a tasty cheddar sauce to pour over your potatoes and you have a nice little meal on your hands. These would, or course, also be great as a side dish.


Hope you love them!

Baked Potatoes (Crock Pot) with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Time: 10 min. prep + 6-8 hours crock pot cooking
Yield: 7 servings
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
***NOTE: Cooking the potatoes in the crock pot is of course just a suggestion here. You can cook them in the oven or microwave as well. What ever suits your fancy. The broccoli and cheese sauce taste fabulous, but if you like bacon :) or diced ham, green onions, or peas…they would be a nice addition to the potatoes as well. End of note. Thank you for reading.8 large russet potatoes
1 bunch broccoli
2 T water
Cheese Sauce:
3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 C milk (I used 1%)
1 C cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 T butter
1. Wash and scrub 8 lovely russet potatoes. 
2. Wrap each one up in tin foil
and place them in a large crock pot. Cook them on high for 6-8 hours, depending on how hot your crock pot cooks. 
3. When your potatoes are all done, get busy cooking the broccoli and making the scrumptious cheese sauce. Remove the large broccoli stems and chop the broccoli into small pieces. 
4. Put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, that has a lid. Pour 2 tablespoons of water over the top of the broccoli, cover it and cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until fork tender. 
5. To make the cheese sauce, place 3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper into a medium sized sauce pan. Pour 1 cup milk over the top of the dry ingredients and whisk it all together to combine. 
 
5. Heat the mixture up on the stove top over medium high heat, whisking constantly. Bring it to a boil and then remove it from the heat. 
6. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce and 3 tablespoons butter. 
7. Stir it all together until the butter and cheese have melted and the sauce is nice and smooth. 
8. Cut open a potato, add a pat or two of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mash the insides of the potato up with a fork. Add some broccoli and the nice helping of cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy!
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9 Comments

  1. 1
    Jasmin
    December 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! Even better that they’re in thr crock pot. Mmmm. Hubby hates broccoli and says this looks great and would love to try it. What do you recommend with it to make a meal?

  2. 2
    Susan
    December 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This looks yummy! I am hosting a Christmas party and am doing a baked potato bar. After the sauce is made could I put it and the broccoli in a crock pot to keep it warm do you think? I will be making probably a whole crock pot’s worth of the stuff. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 3
    Jennifer
    January 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I am wondering the same thing as Susan. Would the broccoli get mushy or overcooked if it was combined with the cheese and kept in a crock pot all together on warm?

    • 4
      Jamie
      January 16, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Jennifer and Susan,
      The cheese sauce would be fine in a crock pot, however make sure that it is only on a warm setting. If the cheese gets cooked too long it will start to curdle. Good luck! Hope it works out well for you. :)
      ~Jamie

  4. 5
    bb
    January 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Do you have to add water to the crock pot to cook them? If so, how much? Thanks in advance..
    BB

    • 6
      Jamie
      January 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

      bb,
      No water needed. Best of luck to you!
      ~Jamie

  5. 7
    May 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Do the potatoes taste as baked potatoes or have more of a steamed taste. Why put the foil on them? I have left several comments on your blog and have never received a reply. Is it my commuter?

  6. 8
    May 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Does this taste like an oven baked potato, or does it have a steamed taste? I have left several comments on your blog and have never received a reply. Is it my commuter?

    • 9
      Jamie
      May 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Shirlee,
      Thanks for your question. The potatoes taste baked. Best of luck to you!
      ~Jamie

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