Fennel-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

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In my opinion, nothing is as versatile as the potato. I recently decided to try cooking with fennel and wanted to combine the flavor in a great baked potato. The cheese, fennel, and garlic lend this appealing side dish delicious Italian flair. —Pam Ivbuls, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 2 large fennel bulbs, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 6 ounces farmer or fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed potato: 500 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. Scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, saute fennel in oil until crisp-tender. Add sugar and salt. Cook and stir for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook 10 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until fennel is golden brown. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  3. Cool potatoes for 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut a thin slice off the top of each potato and discard. Scoop out the pulp, leaving thin shells.
  4. In a large bowl, mash pulp with butter. Stir in the milk, cheese, sour cream and fennel mixture. Spoon into potato shells. Place on a baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fennel-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p50

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judyscott User ID: 2565311 232099
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"I don't see any pine nuts in this recipe."

bakeoff_queen User ID: 1060895 109547
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Caramelized Garlic and Fennel are a perfect combo in this Italian-stuffed potato!"

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