Cheesy Baked Potato and a Disney Movie Marathon [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

Happy Saturday! How are you today? I hope you are doing well. Today the family and I are curling up with some delicious goodies and having a Disney movie marathon. Since I was young, I have watched nearly every Disney movie on VHS. (Yes… I am that old lol). I remember begging my parents to take us to Walt Disney World in Florida and we went many times over my young childhood years. Moments like that truly are magical.

Now that I have my own child, and sadly live far away from Walt Disney World, I have to get a bit more creative to keep the spirit of Disney alive. Thankfully there are movies, toys, music, and crafts to keep us entertained. My daughter is just at that age where she still loves Disney, but loves critiquing the movies right along with me too. So… we decided to begin a Disney movie marathon! We are going to watch all 250+ Disney movies!

First we began by finding a checklist of Disney movies produced which you can print here.

Next, we made sure to add movies from 2013-2017 to the list since that pdf only runs until 2013. (And my daughter is a huge Moana fan 🙂 ). With every movie we are whipping up a scrumptious dish to share with you along with critiquing some of the best Disney movies of all time. I hope you enjoy these posts and get many laughs.

Alright, now let’s begin with the first movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

1937?! Wow that is traveling way back in time. Snow White became Disney’s first real princess and put them on the map. For a movie made in the 1930’s quite honestly… the music and animation is pretty good! Now let’s talk about the story. I get it. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?… And then the stepmother gets all upset because Snow White is prettier than she is and plots to kill her.

Yes, it’s a bit dark and twisty, but can we pause a moment and talk about the ending? The dwarfs are simply adorable, and those baby animals who help Snow White clean the cabin are precious. But is Snow White that gullible to eat an apple from an evil-looking old crone? Apparently so. And! Let us not forget how the Prince came riding in (from seemingly no where) and kissed the princess whilst she was “dead”. And! The seven dwarfs were keeping her body in this glass coffin above ground with an eternal vigil because they couldn’t bear to bury her because she was so beautiful.

Y’all I am a huge Disney fan… and as a child I never thought twice about any of this being strange. But as an adult I was sitting here going, “wait, what?!”. Isn’t it a tad creepy that the dwarfs wanted to stare at her “dead” body for months in a glass coffin? And, isn’t it weird how once the Prince kisses her she just wakes up, no stiff muscles whatsoever from lying in a coffin for months, and acts like nothing has happened?

My Rating: 3/5 Forks

Just food for thought.

Anyway, let’s move on to the recipe. 🙂 This baked potato recipe is simply delicious. Instead of melting cheese in a baked potato, this recipe calls for a cheese sauce! Say it with me… cheese sauce. Mmmmm! Now mix that with a pinch of garlic powder and some steamed broccoli and you’re in loaded potato heaven! Enjoy this easy recipe everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

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Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes

Courtesy of: Budget Bytes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

BAKED POTATOES
  • 4 russet potatoes (2 lb. total)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
BROCCOLI CHEESE SAUCE
  • ½ lb. frozen broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 6 oz. medium cheddar, shredded

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Take the broccoli out of the freezer and allow it to thaw as the potatoes bake. Once thawed, roughly chop the broccoli into small pieces and then set aside until ready to use.
  2. Wash the potatoes well, then dry with paper towel or a clean dish towel. Use a fork to prick several holes in the skin of each potato. Pour the olive oil into a small dish, then use your hands to coat each potato in oil. Place the oil coated potatoes on a baking sheet, and season generously with salt. Bake the potatoes for 45-60 minutes, or until tender all the way through.
  3. Towards the end of the baking time, begin to prepare the cheese sauce. Add the butter and flour to a medium sauce pot, then place the pot over a medium flame. Whisk the butter and flour together as they melt. Allow the mixture to begin to bubble and foam, whisking continuously. Continue to cook for one minute to remove the raw flour flavor, but do not let the flour begin to brown.
  4. Whisk the milk into the butter and flour mixture. Bring the milk up to a simmer, whisking frequently. When it reaches a simmer, it will thicken. Once thick enough to coat a spoon, turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Season the white sauce with the salt and garlic powder.
  5. Add a handful of the shredded cheddar to the sauce at a time, whisking until it has fully melted before adding the next handful. Once all of the cheddar has been melted into the sauce, stir in the chopped broccoli. Leave the sauce over a low flame, stirring occasionally, to keep it warm.
  6. When the potatoes are finished baking, carefully slice them open. Use a fork to slightly mash the insides of the potatoes. When ready to serve, place each potato on a plate and ladle the broccoli cheese sauce over each potato. Garnish with extra shredded cheddar, if desired.

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