If you’re searching for a hearty and satisfying dish that combines the goodness of vegetables with a touch of indulgence, look no further. Loaded Broccoli Potato Bake is a scrumptious creation that marries the earthy flavors of potatoes and broccoli with the savory goodness of cheese, bacon, and a few secret ingredients that will leave your taste buds dancing. In this blog post, we’ll take you through this delectable recipe, step by step, ensuring you get the most out of this wholesome and mouthwatering dish. So, let’s embark on a culinary journey to create the ultimate comfort food.


For the Main Dish:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Preheat Your Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Boil the Potatoes and Broccoli: In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch the potato slices and broccoli florets for about 4-5 minutes until they are slightly tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Cheese Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir continuously until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Layer the Dish: In the greased baking dish, start by layering half of the blanched potato slices. Pour half of the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Add the broccoli florets on top of the cheese sauce, followed by the bacon bits and green onions. Finally, add the remaining potato slices and top with the rest of the cheese sauce.
  5. Prepare the Topping: In a small bowl, mix the Panko breadcrumbs, melted butter, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake It: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown, and the casserole is bubbly.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Once it’s out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This dish is best enjoyed hot and fresh.


While the classic Loaded Broccoli Potato Bake is a winner on its own, you can get creative with variations to suit your taste and dietary preferences:

Vegetarian Delight:

If you’re a vegetarian, simply omit the bacon from the recipe. You can also add some sautéed mushrooms for an extra umami flavor.

Vegan Twist:

For a vegan version, replace the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses with your favorite vegan cheese alternatives, and use plant-based sour cream and mayonnaise.

Spicy Kick:

If you love a little heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top before baking or add a drizzle of hot sauce over the finished dish for a spicy kick.

Tips for Perfection:

  • Make sure to slice the potatoes evenly to ensure uniform cooking.
  • Do not overcook the potatoes and broccoli during the blanching process. They will continue to cook in the oven.
  • If you want a crispy topping, broil the casserole for a couple of minutes at the end of the baking time.
  • Feel free to customize the cheese blend to your liking. Gouda, Swiss, or Monterey Jack can all be great additions.
  • Don’t rush the cooling time. It will allow the flavors to meld together.

In this recipe, we’ve transformed simple ingredients into a culinary masterpiece that’s a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. The combination of creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and perfectly cooked broccoli and potatoes is a winner for family dinners, gatherings, or a special treat for yourself.

Loaded Broccoli Potato Bake is the embodiment of comfort food – it’s warm, cheesy, and utterly satisfying. Whether you follow the classic recipe or put your own twist on it, this dish is sure to be a hit at your table. So, why wait? Gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and start creating this savory delight that will have everyone asking for seconds. Happy cooking!

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