Kale Pesto Stuffed Baked Potatoes {in your Crockpot}

DSC_0427This recipe was inspired by one from the Easy Sides section of my April Food Network magazine.   I’d heard you could make baked potatoes in the crockpot so I decided to give it a go and it worked great.  I was using my slow cooker to make a chicken recipe so I cooked the potatoes at the same time using my metal shelf insert.  If you’re not using this you can just lay your potatoes in the base of the crockpot.  I also used pine nuts instead of walnuts in the pesto and parmesan instead of Swiss cheese.  Kale makes for a wonderfully flavorful and beautifully green pesto.  I doubled the magazine’s recipe so I could freeze half of the pesto to use another time.  DSC_0407

What to buy (serves 2 if serving one potato per person and makes 4 cups of pesto):

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2/2 cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons for baked potatoes
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, grated plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups chopped kale

What to do:

  • pierce potatoes a few times with a fork, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil per potato and sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap in aluminum foil
  • add wrapped potatoes to crockpot and cook on hight for 2-3 hours or until softened
  • puree pine nuts, olive oil, cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and kale in a blender or food processor
  • serve potatoes warm with pesto spooned inside halved potatoes (the amount is up to you and how much you like pesto!) and sprinkle with parmesan








  1. You tickle me with your beautiful pics of food…my food and or cooking utensils could never look that brilliant on their BEST day..and yours look divine. I get hungry just looking at the pics! This looks good as I love baked potatoes..NOT so sure BILLY will go for the green but I’ll give it a shot. Hope you are over your cold and feeling much better. Have so enjoyed reading your blog!abie

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    • Thanks Abie! I forgot how much I like baked potatoes too – they’re so easy and so good! Still fighting this cough but broke down and got some Robitussin that’s helping. Thanks for reading – xoxo Sally

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