Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes

Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2013

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 medium russet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper


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  1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on Medium, turning once or twice, until soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 information

  • Serving size: 1 potato
  • Per serving: 386 calories; 13 g fat(8 g sat); 4 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 86 mcg folate; 56 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 880 IU vitamin A; 19 mg vitamin C; 289 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 671 mg sodium; 1196 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (34% daily value), Vitamin C (32% dv), Calcium (29% dv), Folate (22% dv), Zinc (21% dv), Magnesium (20% dv), Vitamin A (18% dv), Iron (17% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 medium fat meat, 1/2 fat

Reviews 11

July 15, 2015
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By: shamason575
easy, filling and tasty These are great! Neither my husband nor I are big baked potato fans but I was sick of making chicken so I thought I'd give this a shot. Asparagus is very expensive here (I live in Grand Cayman and everything is expensive) so I used fresh broccoli. I was out of sour cream so I used low fat cream cheese. Did them in the microwave for 20 minutes, scooped out the insides, and finished them in the oven. They crisped up in the oven but I didn't have to wait an hour for them to cook. They were really creamy and delicious, and we were stuffed. Served with a simple salad and I couldn't finish the potato. I will definitely make these anytime I have leftover ham from now on. Pros: quick, easy, flexible
January 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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.
September 23, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
July 06, 2014
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By: sjeter77
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.
April 15, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Substitute the ham I substituted the ham for chicken-apple sausage and it was amazing! It tasted like the perfect spring dinner. Everyone in the family loved it. Pros: Quick yummy and filling
March 04, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Yummy! I used cheddar instead of Swiss and baked the potatoes in the oven to get crispy skins. Really good and easy.
May 13, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
April 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 14, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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