Deluxe Baked Potatoes
Chicken, vegetables and cheese really liven up plain potatoes in this mouthwatering version. These splendid spuds are easy to assemble at the last minutes.—Jenny Riegsecker, Delta, Ohio
Total TimePrep: 1 hour 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 2 baking potatoes (about 10 ounces each)
- Canola oil
- 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
- 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
- 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) whole mushrooms, drained
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- Scrub and pierce potatoes. Rub will oil. Bake at 400° for 60-70 minutes or until tender. Cool for 10 minutes. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell; set shells aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the pulp. Stir in the chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, salt and pepper. In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add the flour, salt and pepper; stir until blended. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup cheese until melted. Add 1/3 cup sauce to potato mixture; toss to blend.
- Spoon into potato shells. Place in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over potatoes. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.