These baked potatoes topped with canned tuna, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese and basil may seem unconventional, but the flavor combination is awesome. Serve with a mixed green salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


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  • Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on Medium, turning once or twice, until soft, about 20 minutes. (Or use the "potato setting" on your microwave and cook according to manufacturer's directions.)

  • Meanwhile, combine tuna, yogurt, 1/2 cup basil, artichoke hearts, scallions, capers (if

  • using), salt and pepper in a large bowl.

  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, carefully cut off the top third. Scoop out the insides and add to the bowl with the tuna. Place the potato shells in a microwave-safe dish. Mash the potato and tuna mixture together with a fork or potato masher.

  • Evenly divide the tuna mixture among

  • the potato shells. (They will be very well stuffed.) Top with cheese. Microwave on High until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes. To serve, top each potato with a little tomato and some of the remaining 2 tablespoons basil.


Note: Chunk light tuna, like all fish and shellfish, contains some mercury. According to the FDA and EPA, women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children should limit their consumption to 12 ounces a week of fish with lower mercury, including canned “light” tuna. Consumption of albacore tuna (which is labeled “white”) should be limited to no more than 6 ounces a week. And, if you're looking for an environmentally sustainable canned tuna option, check the label--tuna that was caught by troll or pole-and-line is considered the best choice, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program. Or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council.

No microwave? No problem: Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce potatoes in several places with a fork. Bake directly on the center rack until tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Fill the potato as directed and bake the stuffed potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet until the filling is hot, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

331.9 calories; protein 23.2g 46% DV; carbohydrates 43.6g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 5.3g 21% DV; sugars 4.3g; fat 7.8g 12% DV; saturated fat 3.8g 19% DV; cholesterol 29.5mg 10% DV; vitamin a iu 785.6IU 16% DV; vitamin c 24.9mg 42% DV; folate 60.5mcg 15% DV; calcium 247.1mg 25% DV; iron 3mg 17% DV; magnesium 75.3mg 27% DV; potassium 1135.4mg 32% DV; sodium 576.8mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

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Rating: 2 stars
Filling but No Fun I will probably never make this again. I found it adequate and different but it wasn't well received by family. Described as odd and weird tasting it was mostly half eaten. Maybe our palettes aren't sophisticated enough for this one. Pros: All in one meal Cons: Not to everyone's taste Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Different I made this for a lunch group and everyone said it was good but sweet. I used dried basil and a shredded Italian cheese mix. I thought it was just good the flavors were different but I think my potatos were too small. It's worth a try. Pros: Easy to make and reheat Cons: Sweet Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Great flavor The stuffed potatoes had more flavor than I was expecting. I did microwave them to get them soft but after stuffing I broiled them on low with the cheese on top-- to get the bubbly browness. I recommend only adding 3/4 of the scooped out potato to the mixture because the filling wound up a little dry. Pros: easy quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Sustainable Tuna Great recipe I love new ideas for tuna. One brand of sustainable tuna I know taste really good is Wild Planet Food's Albacore tuna. They follow sustainable fishing practices and the tuna is packed in its own juices making it that much more flavorful! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
sounded crazy so we tried them and better than they sound These were fun to make because the ingredients didn't sound like they would go together but the end result was actually tasty. We found them a bit dry and assume we needed more yogurt. The kids didn't like the capers but they loved the cheese. Cons: the filling was a bit dry. we should have used more yogurt Read More