October 14, 2012

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes {Eating the Alphabet - Letters S or T}

 


You know, when I was mixing up the filling for these Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, I was completely underwhelmed.  But when I baked them up for their second baking time, something A-MAZING happened!  Yum!  I swear, that second baking time ... when all the flavors got time to meld together ...

transformed the filling into a delectable bacon-and-sweet potato-and-Parmesan delight.

See, I'm a 'picker.'  I pick while I'm chopping ingredients.  I pick while I'm mixing stuff up.  I pick while stuff is simmering on the stove top.  I pick while I'm plating up dishes.  Heck, I even pick while I'm clearing the table and doing the dishes.  It's a habit that's not so great for my waistline.

So, when I 'picked' a big ol' spoonful of the sweet potato filling while I was preparing it, I was disappointed at it's seemingly lack of the wonderful flavor I was expecting.  When you combine sweet potato pulp, chopped green onion, Parmesan cheese, and bacon ('cause bacon makes everything better!), you'd expect a powerful flavor punch, right?  Mmm, hmmm ... wasn't there.

But I pressed on anyway.

And I am sooo glad I did!

As I said before, some A-MAZING magic happens in the oven with these sweet potatoes ... and they're now one of our favorites.  So, I decided these had to be what I shared with you for this month's Eating the Alphabet challenge (letters S and T), hosted by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic.



I highly recommend you bake up some sweet potatoes, mix the pulp with yummy bacon, green onion, and Parmesan cheese, and slide it all back in the oven to get all friendly.  Your taste buds will thank you!

Oh, but if you're a 'picker' like me, you may want to fry up a few extra slices of bacon.  You know, just in case they mysteriously disappear during the mixing process.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Source:  Adapted from Taste of the South  magazine, Christmas Cooking Southern Style  Christmas 2011 edition (special edition from Southern Lady magazine)

Ingredients
6 small or medium-sized sweet potatoes
8 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 T. reserved bacon fat from cooking the bacon
1/4 c. chopped green onion
1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper


Directions
1.  Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees until fork tender, about 45 minutes to an hour.  Let potatoes rest for 30 minutes.

2.  Cut potatoes in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the potato pulp, leaving the skins intact with about a 1/4-inch layer of pulp inside (for stability).  Set skins aside.  Place the pulp in a mixing bowl.
(Note:  Before you get started on mixing the sweet potato filling, set aside a little bit of chopped green onion and crumbled bacon to sprinkle on top of the sweet potatoes as garnish.)

3.  Heat the reserved bacon fat in a pan over medium heat.  Cook the green onion in the bacon fat until softened, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Add green onions, crumbled bacon, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the sweet potato pulp; mash together well.

4.  Spoon sweet potato mixture into 8 of the reserved potato skins, discarding the remaining 4 skins.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese evenly over the tops.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees until heated through and cheese is melted, about 30 to 45 minutes.

6.  Garnish with reserved chopped green onion and crumbled bacon.

Enjoy!


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17 comments:

  1. Yum! I love sweet potatoes. I made some twice baked sweet potatoes last year, but they had a sweet filling (orange cinnamon). I would love to try some with a savory filling. Pinning!

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  2. Awesome! I can't wait to try. We love double baked potatoes, but these sweet potatoes are going to be wonderful.

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  3. yum! these look so tasty! husb would love them! :)

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  4. My son loves sweet potatoes! I'm definitely going to have to try these!

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  5. These look delicious, I like the idea of baking them twice - I'll have to give that a try!

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  6. These look wonderful! My family is hit or miss on sweet potatoes so I will have to give these a try to see if the savory twist is what they are looking for. I, on the other hand, love them in just about any way. Great idea!

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  7. These look delicious! I love sweet potatoes and this is such a great idea! I can't wait to try this over the holidays! I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you for becoming a follower, Maria. So glad to have you here!

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  8. I tried making twice baked sweet potatoes once and when I tried scooping out the flesh i ended up ripping them all apart. So I ended up with a mashed sweet potato cassarole instead.

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  9. I've never made twice baked sweet pototes before, I may have to try because these look so good.

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  10. I am craving a twiced baked potatoes now. I think I will make them for dinner. I don't have sweet potatoes so I will have to use Russet.

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  11. Hi Tracey,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. I love twice baked potatoes twice baked sweet potatoes sounds doubly good. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

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  13. These look scrumptious! What I really like about them is that they are not "sweet potato casserole-ish". I love the addition of bacon and green onions! Great recipe!!! Thanks for bringing your sweet potatoes to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  14. WOW! Bacon & sweet taters together??? That's gotta taste mighty fine. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck! Please come back soon.

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  15. Yumm this looks amazing! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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