Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 1 hr 25 mins
- 2 large (12- to 14- oz.) baking potatoes
- 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 ounces black forest ham, chopped
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/3 cups)
- Scrub and dry the potatoes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Place the potatoes on a small, foil-lined baking sheet, pierce each several times with a fork. Bake until fork-tender, 1 hour.
- Drop the broccoli into a small saucepan of boiling water (ask a grown-up to help with this). Cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain in a strainer, then rinse with cold water.
- Cut the warm potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato in the skins, and transfer to a bowl. Return the scooped-out skins to the baking sheet.
- Smash the potatoes with a potato masher until fairly smooth; season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir in the sour cream and 1/2 tsp. tbsp. butter.
- Stir the cooked, drained broccoli into the potato mixture. Ask someone (like your twin sister!) to hold the bowl.
- Melt 1/2 tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ham and cook until golden, 4 minutes. Spoon the ham into the potato shells.
- Add 1 tbsp. butter to the skillet; melt over medium heat. Dump in the beans; mash. Add 1/3 cup water and mash until the beans are thick; season.
- Spoon the beans on top of the ham in the potato shells. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over each shell.
- Mound the potato-broccoli mixture on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Got a sweet potato fan in the house? Use an orange tater and make these swaps.
- Season the flesh with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper and stir in 2 tbsp. butter (skip the sour cream).
- Trade the black beans for pinto beans (they'll look prettier!).
- Try a white cheese instead of the yellow stuff. Monterey jack works great--or sprinkle on some pepper jack for little bit of heat.