Asparagus adds a touch of spring to this overstuffed ham-and-cheese twice-baked potatoes recipe. Use another vegetable, such as broccoli, if you prefer.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013




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  • Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on Medium, turning once or twice, until soft, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add asparagus, cover and steam until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Combine the steamed asparagus with ham, sour cream, 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, 6 tablespoons chives, salt and pepper in a bowl. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off the top third, then gently scoop out the flesh; add to the bowl with the ham mixture and gently mash together.

  • Place the potato shells in a microwave-safe dish and evenly divide the ham mixture among them. (They will be very well stuffed.) Top each stuffed potato with 2 tablespoons of the remaining cheese. Microwave on High until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the remaining chives.


No microwave? No problem: Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce potatoes in several places with a fork. Bake directly on the center rack until tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Fill the potato as directed and bake the stuffed potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet until the filling is hot, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 22.7g 45% DV; carbohydrates 45.2g 15% DV; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 2.3g; fat 13.3g 21% DV; saturated fat 7.8g 39% DV; cholesterol 55.8mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 880.3IU 18% DV; vitamin c 18.9mg 32% DV; folate 86mcg 22% DV; calcium 289.1mg 29% DV; iron 2.7mg 15% DV; magnesium 79.7mg 29% DV; potassium 1196.3mg 34% DV; sodium 670.8mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 50% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 5
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Rating: 5 stars
Great for a light lunch and can be adapted as a vegetarian side I made this for lunch today. Since I could not easily stuff all the filling back into the potatoes I put it in a ceramic pan and kept it at 350 degrees in the oven until I made a salad to go with it. Hubby raved. If you omit the ham and you bake it in a casserole you get a great vegetarian side. The ham does add some nice smokiness though. I'll definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! I loved everything about this recipe and will make it again and again. But I did not like how the potatoes were put in the microwave. I like my potatoes firm on the outside and soft on the inside. So I baked my potatoes lightly rubbed with 1 tsp olive oil along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Yes I waited 60 minutes for these to cook @ 425 degrees (flip half way in between) but after removing from the over letting rest for 10 minutes and proceeding all was yummy! Pros: All the ingredients we perfect for the flavor. Cons: They started off with microwaving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! I used cheddar instead of Swiss and baked the potatoes in the oven to get crispy skins. Really good and easy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty Dish on the Cheap My husband complained that it didn't have enough ham. I tried to explain to him that meat is not supposed to be the focus of the dish; it's only an accent. Whine whine whine. There's never enough meat in a dish for him. I was completely happy with the dish and thought the potatoes tasted great - just the right balance of flavors and texture. There was way too much filling to stuff back into the potatoes but we just took that for lunch the next day. I didn't have fresh chives so I used about a tablespoon of dried chives instead. Pros: easy filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Even better than the recipe implies WOW! I made these last night and they were so tasty. I used Broccoli and monterey jack cheese as my fan base doesn't care for Swiss or asparagus. It was really tasty. AND it was easy to put together so I wasn't tired and not wainting to eat it by the time dinner was ready. The potatoes took longer in the microwave than 20 minutes but maybe mine were larger. I might even just bake them next time but it was nice to not have to heat up the oven with it being so hot out right now. Pros: Fast Delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick & easy This was so quick to make and the flavor was outstanding. went well with a salad and made a really good lunch the next day Pros: Full of flavor quick to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and Filling! This was simple to make and had great flavor--my boyfriend loved it as well! I used large baking potatoes and this was plenty for dinner. I will be making this recipe again. Pros: Quick filling great flavor Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and quick I loved that I didn't have to heat the oven up. I also used dried chives as another commenter mentioned and I cut the potatoes in half and scooped out the flesh rather that just cutting off the top. It made it easier to stuff in the filling and to use only half a potato as a side dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tasty and great make-ahead recipe! The whole family loves this baked potato! My favorite part is that I can make the whole recipe to step 4 (stuffing the potatoes) then wrap and refrigerate. Bake the next evening for dinner. Great make ahead for a quick dinner. AND it's delicious. Read More