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Eat for Eight Bucks

Eat for Eight Bucks: Twice-baked Potatoes and Cauliflower Vinaigrette

Eat for Eight Bucks: Twice-baked Potatoes and Cauliflower Vinaigrette

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

Shopping List

2 pounds baking potatoes: $2.00
1 bunch kale: $2.99
1 cup grated cheese: $1.00
1 large head cauliflower: $2.49

Pantry items: Butter, salt, pepper, vinaigrette.

Total cost (for 3 portions): $8.48

This humble but delicious dinner was designed to meet two requirements: after a weekend of eating out with visiting parents, I needed an all-vegetable meal, and at the head of a busy week, I needed to be able to prepare it ahead of time. Blanched cauliflower tossed in vinaigrette is one of my favorite durable salads (not to mention a great snack), and the aging potatoes in my pantry were begging to be baked and stuffed. Cooked, chopped kale went into the potatoes for color and turned out to be a great success in the flavor department, too. Although I had hoped to puree it and turn the potatoes a uniform, vibrant green, in the rushed minute chopping had to suffice.

These quantities will serve three people generously or at least four as side dishes. I looked at this recipe for the cauliflower, but you can just boil small florets until tender (2-3 minutes) and toss with any vinaigrette you like.

Twice-baked Potatoes with Kale

About the author: Robin Bellinger is a freelance editor and shameless cookie addict. She lives in San Francisco and blogs about what she feeds her husband and her daughter at home*economics.

Eat for Eight Bucks: Twice-baked Potatoes and Cauliflower Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, scrubbed and pricked with a fork
  • 1 bunch kale or other leafy greens, washed, center ribs removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Procedures

  1. 1

    Bake the potatoes in a 400 degree oven. This will take about an hour, unless your potatoes are especially large or small, in which case you should adjust the cooking time accordingly. When the potatoes are baked, allow them to cool and adjust the oven temperature to 350°F.

  2. 2

    While the potatoes bake, cook the kale in boiling salted water until it is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander; when cool enough to handle, squeeze out most of the liquid and chop the kale finely.

  3. 3

    When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl, leaving about 1/4 inch attached to the skin. Mash the flesh roughly with a fork and then mash in the butter, cheese, chopped kale, and salt and pepper to taste (I used 5 pinches of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Stir until evenly mixed; if you happen to have sour or heavy cream on hand, stir in a spoonful of that, too.

  4. 4

    Pack the potato skins full of stuffing and put them on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake immediately for 25 minutes or cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and bake later at 350 for 25-35 minutes, until heated through.

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