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Loaded Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
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"They say your greatest strength is also your biggest weakness; the same starchy sweetness that makes this tuber such a popular holiday side dish also can lead to palate fatigue. That's why I've enlisted bacon, lime, jalapeno, green onions, and sharp Cheddar to make these twice-baked sweet potatoes more addictive than in any Thanksgiving past. You can prep them ahead of time and then bake when you're ready to serve."
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Ingredients

1 h 15 m servings 464
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 sweet potato halves)

Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Prick with a knife and drizzle with olive oil; rub to coat. Space sweet potatoes evenly apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until completely tender, about 35 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add bacon to a pan over medium heat. Cook and stir until bacon starts to get crispy and the fat turns foamy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add green onions and jalapeno; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Let sweet potatoes cool until safe to handle. Leave the oven on. Cut off the top 1/3 of each potato, holding the knife at a 45-degree angle. Scoop out sweet potato flesh from both the top and bottom halves, leaving at least 1/4 inch flesh in the bottoms to make the shells.
  6. Season the sweet potato flesh with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add 1/2 cup cheese, creme fraiche, and lime juice. Mash with a potato masher. Add the bacon mixture and mix until combined. Spoon filling into the sweet potato shells. Lightly scatter remaining cheese on top.
  7. Bake until heated through and tops have started to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Footnotes

  • Chef's Notes:
  • Pick sweet potatoes that are about equal in girth, not necessarily length.
  • Substitute sour cream or regular heavy cream for the creme fraiche if needed.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 464 calories; 18.5 59.3 16.4 50 740 Full nutrition

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I love sweet potatoes, but I do not want added sugar. Not because of any dietary restrictions - I just think sweet potatoes are sweet enough without added sugar. I did not stuff these. I jus...

These came out fantastic! I followed the recipe almost exactly (I'm vegetarian so I omitted the bacon and just sauteed the green onions/jalapeños in olive oil) and they were incredibly tasty. ...

These were great, but I made the following changes: 1. I cut the yams in half after softening so I could use both top and bottom rather than throwing out the top third. The skin slides off real...

Super yummy! I’ve made it 2 times and both times it was a big hit. Thanks so much for another great recipe, Chef John!