As I mentioned on my other blog, I've started doing some freezer cooking to have things stored away for when the baby arrives. Over the next little while, I'll be sharing some of the recipes. I checked the book "Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month" out from the library at my midwife clinic and I've been using it from inspiration on some of the recipes to cook.
One of the ideas in there was for 'potato shells' or what I refer to as twice baked potatoes. Twice baked potatoes are a favorite in our home so it was fun to try a different variation.
Swiss Chard and Bacon Potatoes - inspired by Frozen Assets
10-12 large potatoes
1/8 cup butter
1/8 cup milk
1 red onion, chopped
Large bunch of swiss chard, steamed and chopped finely*
6-8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups Colby cheese
*You can also use spinach. Fresh or frozen
Bake potatoes for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
Meanwhile, cook bacon and swiss chard and prepare remaining ingredients.
When potatoes are done, although them to cool for about 20 minutes, then slice them in half lengthwise.
Allow them to cool a bit more until they are just cool enough to touch. Scoop the pulp out into a bowl of mixer. (Because I used fresh potatoes from the garden, I needed to leave more pulp in than usual because the skins were so thin - try to scoop out as much as possible while leaving skins in tact).
Mash potatoes with salt, pepper, butter, and milk.
Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
Scoop mixture back into potato shells.
Bake the refilled potatoes at 400 for 20 minutes
OR for freezer cooking ...
Place potatoes on a cookie sheet and flash freeze for 20-30 minutes.
Arrange potatoes in a single layer in a large freezer bag.
Label and freeze.
To serve, remove the number of potatoes you need and allow to thaw in the fridge. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400 until golden brown.
Makes 12 main servings or 24 side servings.
For me, having two halves with a salad would make an excellent meal. But they would also be paired well as a side dish accompanying steak, chicken or any other type of meat.