Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites Recipe

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, 2 things come to mind.  Potatoes and the color green.  I decided to put them both together for a delightful Irish inspired side dish.  Potatoes are very starchy, but in this recipe much of the starchy inside is removed and replaced with power packed broccoli, and some cheese for added protein.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites Recipe

First step is to scrub your potatoes.  Then cut off the top and the bottom so that your potato will lay flat.  I used red potatoes, but you can use any type of small potato.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

I then steamed some frozen broccoli – just for a few minutes in the microwave.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

Scoop out the inside of your potatoes – you can use a melon baller – or I just used a spoon.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

Then add to a food processor:

  • 1-2 cups Broccoli, steamed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon paste (optional – just adds a nice flavor)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pulse until mixed well.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

Sophie couldn’t wait for these to be done.  She just dug right in.  She seriously loved the filling and probably ate about 1/2 cup!  I ate some of it also.  The batch I made I added 2 cloves of garlic – and whew!  Let’s just say that no vampires will be sucking our blood anytime soon.

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

Place your potatoes on a sprayed baking sheet.  I put a piece of foil down on my baking sheet – but make sure you spray it with cooking spray or your potatoes will stick.  Then fill your potatoes with broccoli pesto deliciousness.  I sprayed the tops of the potatoes and filling with cooking spray – just so they would brown nicely.  (which they did)

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.  If the tops are getting too brown and the potatoes aren’t done yet, lay a piece of foil on top of them and finish baking.

 

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!

These were seriously delish.  The cheese gets gooey and a little melted inside so when you bite into it……..mmmmmmmm……….children, adults and even leprechauns will love these.  Oh – and these are gluten, egg and nut free!

Broccoli Pesto Stuffed Potato Bites. Want your kids to eat broccoli? Ours loved them in these little potato bites!
written by
Natalie Monson

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Natalie says:

Not silly! We didn’t add the potato back in at all actually! I just saved it and made mashed potatoes for another meal with the insides 🙂

Jessica says:

Seems like a silly question, but the scooped out potato, do I add that to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients? These sound so good!

Natalie says:

These potatoes are small to begin with and then they are hollowed out. So they really do cook in 20 minutes!

Nora says:

They look delicious, but am wondering since you don’t cook the potatoes before hand, would they be ready in 20 mins? when I usually bake potatoes in the oven they take quite a long time…..

Hajra says:

Thank you

Natalie says:

If you type the measurements in Google, there are tons of conversion tools!

Hajra says:

Hey this is a great idea but because I live in the UK I was wondering I you could tell me the measurements in grams for each ingredient

Natalie says:

I have never tried, but imagine they would get pretty water when reheated. You could give it a try with just a couple though and see how they turn out!

Amber3 says:

These aren’t freezable are they?

Natalie says:

No you actually don’t cook them before scooping them out. It really isn’t hard at all. You can use a melon baller or I just used a spoon.

Jessica says:

This may seem like a no brained…do I cook the potatoes before scooping them out? Seems it would be hard to do with raw potatoes

Amy says:

No problem! 🙂 Hope you like them!

Sally says:

Never mind. I just read the first part again and got it!

Sally says:

Does the scooped out potato go in the food processor also?

Sally says:

Does the scooped out potato go in the food processor also?

Amy says:

This one doesn’t Christi- We apologize. Some of our recipes do. It just depends on which platform we were using at the time the recipe was posted.

Christi says:

This looks so good & I can’t wait to make it! Do you have a print option? I didn’t see one.

Linda says:

This would make side for any meal. Sounds great and I think the kids would enjoy helping make these.

Natalie says:

Thanks Lee! We do spend lots of time in the kitchen – probably fun for her, but not always fun for me! Ha ha.

Lee Jackson says:

Great idea – and so St. Pat-ish! To see the enthusiasm of your little girl makes me think she spends fun time in the kitchen – and she’s loving it. What a way to go.

Hil says:

What a great idea. These look super festive and tasty!

p.s. Sophie is too cute!

Natalie says:

I used about 10 small red potatoes – but I had filling leftover. You could probably fill about 20 small potatoes with the recipe for the filling.

Jennifer says:

Can’t wait to try these for dinner. Thank you!!

Jessi says:

These look great! How many red potatoes did you use for this? I can’t wait to try it 🙂

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