Tonightâ€™s $5 Dinner Challenge…Twice baked potatoesâ€¦as a one-dish dinner.Â Plus, Iâ€™m sharing my twice baked potatoes piercing trick too!
Duffy T, a long time friend of $5 Dinners, sent my a note about the way they do twice baked potatoes. They turn them into an entire meal by adding either chicken or ham and broccoli and cheese to the mixture.
I couldnâ€™t resist.
I loaded up the mashed potatoes with leftover ham from the freezer, broccoli florets, some green onions. And topped half of them with cheese (children donâ€™t eat dairy.)
I made these just before leaving town for Smuckers earlier in the week. I had two as I ran out the doorâ€¦leaving the rest of the meal behind for my husband and boys to enjoy.
While on the drive up to Orrville, something monumental happened.
Back storyâ€¦several months ago my husband decided to switch his cell phone service to a â€œpay as you goâ€ plan. Heâ€™s not much of a phone talker, not much of a texter and decided it would be worth the savings to drop him from the monthly plan and go to a pay as you go plan. The texts on his plan cost $$$. Nothing ridiculous, but enough that he chooses not to text often.
So Iâ€™m riding along towards northeast OH when I get a monumental text from my husband. â€œThank you. Dinner was AMAZING!â€
I smiledâ€¦and didnâ€™t text back. Because that would cost money. I waited until we talked when I got to my hotelâ€¦and he kept raving and raving!
Twice Baked Potatoes Tip: Poke 2 fork-holes in the side of your potatoes when making twice baked potatoes. Place them on a baking sheet while cooking so any juices donâ€™t drip to the bottom of the oven. Then they will slice perfectly down the length, and there will be no holes in the bottom of your â€œshells.â€
- 8 large baking potatoes, poked in the side
- 1/2 cup milk, plus
- 1/4 cup butter, plus
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cups diced ham
- 2 broccoli heads, cut into florets
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- 2 cups cheddar or mozzarella shredded cheese
- Fresh fruit; as side dish
- Poke the sides of the potatoes with a fork, place on baking sheet and bake at 400 for an hour, or until soft in the middle. May take longer for larger potatoes. Reduce heat to 350.
- Remove from oven, slit lengthwise and scoop out cooked potato flesh into mixing bowl.
- Stir in milk, butter, salt and pepper as you would for mashed potatoes. You may need more than 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of butterjust make mashed potatoes as you would normally.
- Mix in ham, broccoli florets and green onions.
- Spoon the mixture back into the shells.
- Top with shredded cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
- Prepare fresh fruit for side dish.
- Serve Twice Baked One-Dish Potatoes, hot out of the oven with fresh fruit.