Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes Recipe

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If you’re trying to get more greens into your diet (aren’t we all?) then I’ve got a recipe for you. I already LOVE baked potatoes, but mixing the filling together with a bunch of yummy good stuff and then putting it back in? Oh my, even better. My whole family gobbled up these Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes, and I think they’re filling enough to serve as the main dish. They pair wonderfully with a soup and salad. Enjoy!

My Go-To Store-Bought Bacon: Applegate

I’ve been cooking with  Applegate for some time now, but the reason our relationship is so perfect is because I loved and used their products before they ever became a sponsor. And the reason is simple – they offer ORGANIC versions of some of our occasional indulgences such as bacon, lunch meat, and hot dogs. Plus they’re a well-meaning company with their heart in the right place.

I know many of you have been asking questions regarding the recent purchase of Applegate by Hormel, but personally my main concern is about their products more than who the parent company is and what their politics may be. Hormel obviously wouldn’t make this move if Applegate wasn’t already doing something right. And so far (I’ve been told), they have no big changes planned, so we can all rest easy for now. :)  Phew!

Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes on 100 Days of #RealFood

Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes on 100 Days of #RealFood

Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes

My whole family gobbled up these Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes. I think they're filling enough to serve as the main dish or pair with soup and salad.
5 Reviews / 4.2 Average
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 russet potatoes about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds total
  • 4 pieces bacon + 1 tablespoon bacon grease (I like Applegate Organic)
  • 4 cups kale shredded (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes clean, prick a few holes in the skin with a fork, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. (Alternatively, you could cook the potatoes in the microwave if you are short on time.)
  • Meanwhile, set a skillet over medium heat and add the bacon without overcrowding the pan (no cooking oil is necessary). Cook for several minutes or until the bacon starts to curl up and darken on the bottom. Flip and cook for several minutes longer until cooked all the way through or to your desired doneness. I like my bacon crispy, so I cook it until both sides are dark brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate, set aside, and reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease.
  • Wash the kale, remove and discard the large stems, and cut or tear the leaves into shreds. Heat the bacon grease back up in the same skillet and add the kale and garlic to the pan. Cook and stir until the kale wilts, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Once the potatoes are ready, slice them in half and carefully scoop the insides into a large mixing bowl (while being careful not to break the outer shell). Add the bacon, cooked kale, Parmesan, sour cream, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined but do not overmix.
  • Turn the oven up to 450 degrees F, scoop the seasoned mixture back into the potato shells, and bake until the tops turn golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm or store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 804mg35%
Potassium 1120mg32%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 7215IU144%
Vitamin C 90mg109%
Calcium 355mg36%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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30 thoughts on “Kale and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes Recipe”

  1. What a delicious way to eat kale. All but one of my girls devoured the potatoes, as did our dinner guests. The second time, I doubled the kale to eat half plain as a side dish. I never cared for cooked greens, but wilted greens is another story. Yum! Keep the kale recipes coming!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, thanks for sharing it! Personally I don’t find it needs any additional salt, though, with the bacon and butter already adding saltiness.
    The second time I made it I used a small tin of mackerel instead of the bacon (not strictly “real food” according to the pledge but it only has the fish and salt water, which is drained off) and that worked well too. We also replaced the parmesan with cheddar this time and I found that it would need a little more cheddar to get the cheesy flavour, compared to parmesan.

  3. Loved this recipie! Didn’t have sour cream and used plain Greek yogurt instead, still tasted great! I used small russet potatoes and it was hard to scoop, next time I’ll get the biggest russet potatoes I can find. Thanks for this recipie

    1. 5 stars
      Most greens (Kale, Chard, Collards…) can be chopped up and frozen in a zip lock bag.
      No greens ever get thrown out once I started to do this!
      Hope it helps :)

  4. I am trying to find a red skin potato salad recipe that is healthy using real foods ingredients. I found one and the only ingredient that I wouldn’t use is the mayonaise. Well, I found a recipe for homemade mayo that that consists of egg, lemon juice, dry mustard, salt and olive oil. Would this be considered a real food recipe? I’m anxious to try this. I am using my fitness pal because I”m trying to lose weight but I’m also incorporating real foods, using both to change my lifestyle for good. I just real like potato salad is a cheat food even with the homemade mayo. I’m looking for reassurance that it’s okay to make and eat this. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

  5. These sounds so good. Wondering how they taste without the bacon (hubby doesn’t eat meat) – still worth making?

    We eat kale readily in our house (and grow it, so it’s also readily available), but this looks like a great recipe to share w/patients who are working on working in more kale.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice already, they are so good! I love putting the kale in them. We made them without the bacon as a side dish and they were really good.

  7. Made these last night….hubby and I both loved them! Will definitely make them again. Would also be delicious with cheddar instead of Parmesan!

  8. My mom told me to check out your site since we believe in whole foods and no processing. I have to say your site is awesome and I think my husband would be gobbling this up as well! So tasty with zero processing! Simply beautiful.

    For Applegate, I’m so glad you are keeping tabs on if there will be any changes to their products.

  9. It sounds great. I can’t wait to try it but shouldn’t the bacon be crumbled up and added to the seasoned mixture? I think it is missing from number 4.

  10. Lisa, I can’t WAIT to try this recipe. What a fantastic way to work more greens into something as delicious as a twice baked potato.

    Question: Do you think it would be a problem to make these in advance (bake, scoop, mix, fill) and then do the second bake later that day?

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