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Fennel-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

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, garlic and pine nuts lend this appealing side dish delicious Italian flair. —Pam Ivbuls, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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