Baked Potatoes (Crock Pot) with Broccoli and Cheddar Sauce

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Time: 10 min. prep + 6-8 hours crock pot cooking

Yield: 7 servings
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
 
***NOTE: Cooking the potatoes in the crock pot is of course just a suggestion here. You can cook them in the oven or microwave as well. What ever suits your fancy. The broccoli and cheese sauce taste fabulous, but if you like bacon :) or diced ham, green onions, or peas...they would be a nice addition to the potatoes as well. End of note. Thank you for reading.
 
8 large russet potatoes
1 bunch broccoli
2 T water
 
Cheese Sauce:
3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 C milk (I used 1%)
1 C cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 T butter
 
1. Wash and scrub 8 lovely russet potatoes. 
2. Wrap each one up in tin foil and place them in a large crock pot. Cook them on high for 6-8 hours, depending on how hot your crock pot cooks. 
3. When your potatoes are all done, get busy cooking the broccoli and making the scrumptious cheese sauce. Remove the large broccoli stems and chop the broccoli into small pieces. 
4. Put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, that has a lid. Pour 2 tablespoons of water over the top of the broccoli, cover it and cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until fork tender. 
5. To make the cheese sauce, place 3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper into a medium sized sauce pan. Pour 1 cup milk over the top of the dry ingredients and whisk it all together to combine. Heat the mixture up on the stove top over medium high heat, whisking constantly. Bring it to a boil and then remove it from the heat. 
6. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce and 3 tablespoons butter. 
7. Stir it all together until the butter and cheese have melted and the sauce is nice and smooth. 
8. Cut open a potato, add a pat or two of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mash the insides of the potato up with a fork. Add some broccoli and the nice helping of cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy!
 
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