These potatoes have all the ingredients of the well-known Irish dish champ--potatoes with cabbage added for hearty flavor. They can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, tightly covered.
I like twice-baked potatoes to be mounded high with swirls, so I always throw an extra potato in the oven and use its pulp to help fill the potato shells.The St. Paddy's potatoes make a pretty hearty dinner, but you can accompany them with a few slices of turkey sausage and, of course, a good Irish stout. After all, it is St. Patrick's Day.
St. Paddy's Twice-Baked Potatoes
Active Work Time: 35 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 large baking potatoes
4 cups chopped cabbage, about 1/2 small head
1 cup chopped leeks
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup chicken broth (or vegetarian broth)
1/2 cup warm nonfat milk
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon melted butter
Chopped chives, for garnish
* Scrub potatoes beneath cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Pierce each potato several times with fork. Bake at 425 degrees until potatoes are fork tender, about 1 hour.
* While potatoes bake, saute cabbage and leeks in skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat until vegetables begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth. Cover and steam until cabbage turns bright green and tender, about 10 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
* Remove potatoes from oven and cut horizontal slice off top third of each potato. Scoop pulp from potatoes into bowl, leaving shells about 1/4-inch thick. Scoop pulp from tops of potatoes and add to bowl. Process potato pulp through potato ricer. Stir in milk. Add cabbage and leeks. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
* Spoon potato mixture into 4 shells, dividing evenly. Brush tops of potatoes with melted butter, then sprinkle with dash paprika and bake at 425 degrees until tops are lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with chives.
4 servings. Each serving: 184 calories; 269 mg sodium; 8 mg cholesterol; 3 grams fat; 34 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.58 grams fiber.