There are many reasons you’d want to have a stash of “table for one” recipes: You could be a stay-at-home mom (or work-from-home mom, like me) and you don’t want hot dogs or buttered noodles or whatever it is your toddler will deign to consume this week; it could be you live alone and don’t need to make a recipe that serves 6; or it could be a case where the other people around you want something else, and you need a dish you can whip up quickly just for you. Whatever the case, this Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheese feeds one person perfectly!
I cooked both the potato and the broccoli in the microwave. You could use leftover baked potatoes; you could also use frozen broccoli instead of fresh. The important thing is the cheese sauce! No Velveeta here – just regular ingredients you have around your house come together in 4 minutes for a creamy, healthy sauce. I had a little Boursin cheese leftover – about an ounce – or you could use goat cheese or even cream cheese if you don’t have Boursin. If you have none of those and are just using grated cheese, add about a quarter cup more cheese, plus a hefty shake of garlic salt or garlic powder.
Lunch for One: Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheese
- 1 potato (any kind – I like Yukon Gold)
- 1 small head of broccoli (or use about 8 ounces frozen broccoli)
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 ounce Boursin or goat cheese (or use cream cheese, plus garlic powder, salt and pepper)
- Chop the broccoli into smallish pieces, and microwave until steamed. Not too crisp, but definitely not mushy. Set aside.
- Microwave the potato. I poked holes in the potato with a fork, wrapped it in a wet dishcloth, and microwaved until soft and pliable. Set aside.
- In a pan, melt the butter and add the flour over medium-low heat. Stir together (this is a roux) for about 2 minutes.
- Add the milk and stir until it blends into the sauce and starts to thicken. Add the cheeses (and spices if using) and stir until hot and melted.
- Stir the broccoli into the cheese sauce. Split the potato in half and smother with broccoli and cheese.
Explore, experiment, enjoy! — Dana
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