Italian Stuffed Potatoes

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There is just something so delicious, so crave-able about baked potatoes.  I was always so excited to see those delicious spuds on my plate as a kid.  (Way better than a baked sweet potato in my opinion).  But we didn’t have them all that often.  Even today, they come up more for special occasions.  Or, I’ll usually end up getting them as a side dish at restaurants – feeling like I’m indulging in a decadent dish.

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Italian stuffed potatoes, stuffed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato recipes, italian recipes, vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes So in the spirit of bringing back the baked potato to our dinner plates, I whipped a delicious one pot meal featuring our spud-friends!  Italian Stuffed Potatoes!  I love that this is a quick meal and easy to put together.  But more importantly, I love that the main component of this dish is a baked potato!

Italian stuffed potatoes, stuffed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato recipes, italian recipes, vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes A hearty Italian style stew filled with veggies and crispy golden tempeh (or ground sausage or meat if you’re a meat lover) is drizzled down over fluffy potatoes.  You have all your dinner components in one dish – vegetables, protein and healthy carbs.  It’s a delicious meal and a perfect pick me up for a busy work week!  Hope you enjoy!

Italian Stuffed Potatoes:
Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 8 oz package tempeh, crumbled
    • Meat Lovers Option:  1/2 pound Italian Sausage or ground meat
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper, optional
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (try San Marzano if you can)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 medium baking potatoes
  • 1/4 parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Prick potatoes with fork to form holes allowing steam to come out.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until knife-tender.  Set aside to cool.
  2. While potatoes bake, prepare filling.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat.  Add in onion, carrots and eggplant.  Saute for about 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are slightly golden brown and onions are being to turn translucent.
  3. Remove vegetables, and add in remaining olive oil and crumbled tempeh or ground meat if using.  Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until tempeh/meat is golden brown and cooked through.  Add in the garlic and tomato paste.  Cook for an addition 2-3 minutes or until tomato paste has darkened in color.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any darkened bits from the bottom.   Cook for a few minutes so the wine reduces by about half.  Add the carrot/eggplant mixture back in, plus the salt, pepper and red pepper if using.
  5. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and dried oregano.  Bring mixture to a light simmer.  Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  6. When ready to serve, slice potatoes in half lightly fluffing the insides with a fork.  Spoon about 1/2-3/4 cup of the vegetable mixture on top of each sliced potato.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve!
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1 Comment

  1. Amy

    September 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Yum. I’ve been looking for new ways to use eggplants. I’m putting this on my to-make list!

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