Loaded baked potatoes are easy, delicious meal that only takes 30 minutes to make, is totally customizable, and kid friendly!
Loaded baked potatoes! Does the recipe showcase my Midwest roots? Good, I love the Midwest, and if loading up baked potatoes with butter, delicious ham steak, and homemade cheesy broccoli isn’t right then I’m gladly on Team Wrong.
These loaded baked potatoes only takes 30 minutes to make (making it a perfect family dinner), but to be honest, there are a lot of different ways to go about putting this thing together. Now I don’t want to confuse you, but I do want you to know what your options are. So let’s do a quick run through of each “loaded component” and you can see what works best for you.
- Potato- The recipe says baked, but I’m a liar. They’re microwaved. Microwaving your potato takes about 10 minutes, but putting it in the ovens gonna cost you about an hour. The choice is yours. To microwave, just prick holes all over the potato and microwave 5 min on each side. (Just don’t forget to poke holes at first like I did.) Fraction of the time and still tastes great!
- Ham Steak- You guys I love ham steak. It’s so good and salty and delicious. You can make yours in a cast iron skillet or in the oven. Cast iron takes about 10 minutes, oven takes about 20. The real winner here is the brown sugar and mustard glaze that it’s cooked in.
- Broccoli Cheese- Please don’t get one of those bags of frozen broccoli cheese that comes with the fake cheese. I know it’s convenient, and I’m all for shortcuts, but homemade cheese sauce tastes so much better and is done in 5 minutes! For the broccoli, you can boil, steam, or roast. I love roasted veggies! I typically make some on Sunday so they are ready to go throughout the week. If you roast your broccoli and ham steak, you can put them in the oven together and they’ll both be done at the same time.
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 1 lb ham steak
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp brown mustard
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 head broccoli chopped
- tbsp butter
- tbsp flour
- ½ cup half n half
- ½ cup 2% milk (1% will also work, but not skim!)
- 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (grating it yourself works best)
- butter (optional)
- Start by making your potatoes. Poke holes all over and put them in the microwave for 5 minutes. When time's up, flip them over and microwave for 5 more minutes.
- Next start your broccoli. You can bake, steam, or boil. To bake, drizzle them with a little olive oil, and roast them at 425 for 20 minutes. To boil, boil a pot of water and add broccoli. Cook for about 6-8 minutes.
- Ham steak can be cooked in a cast iron or in the oven. First combine together your brown sugar, mustard and water into a small bowl, and use a brush or spoon to coat both sides of the ham. If cooking in the oven, bake at 425 for 20 minutes. (Can be done on the same pan as broccoli if your pan/oven are big enough). If cooking in the skillet, and 1tbsp of cooking oil and cook the ham 5 minutes on each side at medium high heat.
- To make the cheese sauce we start with a roux. Melt your butter in a skillet over medium heat and then add your flour. Use a whisk to stir the melted butter and flour together until it starts to thicken. Then slowly add your half n half and milk, continuing to whisk until the mixture becomes thick. Add your shredded cheese and whisk until melted. Remove from the heat and combine your broccoli with your cheese sauce.
- Assemble your loaded baked potatoes with broccoli cheese, chunks of ham steak, and whatever else you'd like! (Think butter, sour cream, green onions, etc.)