Surf and turf is a Christmas Eve tradition at our house. A couple years ago it was lobster and filet; this year it was king crab and rib eye. It's a serious feast for a food-loving family. To accompany the spread, we whipped up some twice-baked potatoes. To spice it up, we sautéed some kale and mixed it in with the potatoes. —Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast has over 100 Food52 recipe contributions under her belt.
WHAT: A twice-baked potato with all the (kale) trimmings.
HOW: Hollow-out a partially-cooked potato, then mash together the potato insides with sour cream, garlic-sautéed kale, and cheese and place back into the potato to bake into a glorious mess (in a good way).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Imagine a single-portion, cheesy kale gratin enveloped not by a dish, but by edible, perfectly crispy potato skins. Need we say more? —The Editors
Wash off potatoes and poke some holes in the skin with a fork. To cut back on cooking time, microwave the potatoes to soften the middle. You will bake it later for the "twice-baked" part. That step will ensure the skin gets nice and crispy. Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 15 minutes total, turning over every 5 minutes.
As the potatoes cook, sauté the kale. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the kale, salt, and pepper and make sure the kale is coated with olive oil. Cover and let cook until soft and wilted, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and chop up until almost paste-like. You want to be able to stir it into the potato mixture without any large pieces.
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the center of the potatoes (which should be nice and soft), leaving about 1/4 inch of skin and potato. Put the insides in a large mixing bowl. Mash up the potatoes until they become one cohesive mass. Add the sour cream, cheese, kale, salt, and pepper. Combine into one delicious, creamy mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Put the potato skins on a baking sheet. Stuff the mixture back into the potato skins and smooth the top. Pop into the oven for 25 minutes to finish.