Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheddar

I love a simple baked potato. Sometimes, I'll just eat a baked potato for dinner with a salad and call it a night. When I received a sample of WayFare's cheddar spread, the first thing I thought of was to make a broccoli and cheese baked potato!  WayFare makes a bunch of great products under its "We Can't Say It's Cheese" line.

The founder of WayFare was actually raised on a dairy farm in Vermont, but when it became medically necessary for him to eliminate dairy from his diet due to health reasons, he began to seek healthy alternatives. In the process, he developed cheese spreads, sour cream, and puddings from an unexpected source -- whole grain oatmeal.  In this dish, I use WayFare's cheddar spread, sour cream, and Pig Out bacony bits.

Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheddar
Serves 2

  • 2 large potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1-2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup WayFare Cheddar Spread
  • 1 T WayFare Pig Out bacony bits
  • 1/2 cup WayFare Sour Cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Rub olive oil over the potatoes and roll them in sea salt. We used a spicy course sea salt, but any sea salt will do. Pierce each potato at least 4 times.

Wrap in aluminum foil and place directly on the baking rack. Bake for 1 - 1.5 hours until tender, but not overcooked.

Steam the broccoli until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven. Cut each potato lengthwise, then squeeze until they open up a bit. Heat the cheddar spread for about 30 seconds in the microwave, until warm. Top each potato with broccoli and cheddar spread. Top with bacony bits. Serve with sour cream on side as well, if desired.

The WayFare cheddar spread turned out to be perfect for this dish. The WayFare Pig Out bacony bits were great too - I couldn't believe how much they tasted like bacon considering they are made of whole grain cereal and natural hickory smoke flavor.

The WayFare sour cream was just okay though. It was not as creamy as the Tofutti-brand one and, therefore, tasted less like the real thing. It had good flavor, but lacked in texture.

I would highly recommend picking up some of the cheddar spread and Pig Out bacony bits. You'll be glad you did!

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