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Mile High Loaded Baked Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 10 servings
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Ingredients

10 baking potatoes (about 5 pounds)

1 pound smoked bacon, chopped 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets 

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter 

2 cups (1 pint) sour cream 

2 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp yellow Cheddar

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped chives 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use a fork to poke holes in the potatoes and place on a baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 1 hour. Use a sharp knife to test for doneness; it should easily cut into the center.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain on a towel-lined plate, then crumble and set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; prepare an ice water bath. Cook the broccoli florets in the boiling water until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice bath, then drain again.
  5. To serve the potatoes, make a cut through the top of each and push both ends together to fluff the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, then top each with 1 tablespoon butter, a dollop of sour cream, 1/4 cup broccoli, 1/4 cup Cheddar, 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon and 1 tablespoon chopped chives. Return to the oven until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.