Thursday, October 10, 2013

Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

I had the desire to use more sweet potatoes in our meals and thought it would be fun to do a spin on twice baked potatoes. The saltiness of the feta and bacon and the slight heat of the poblano counteract the sweet potatoes well.

You could substitute a can of diced green chilis for the poblano if you wish.

Yes, I said "meanwhile" about 10 times in this recipe, but its nicely spaced so you can do everything as everything else is cooking. The timing of the recipe is very smooth.

Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes


1 poblano pepper
4 medium sweet potatoes (comparably sized)
2 tbsp oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, diced
6 cloves of garlic, skins on
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
8 slices of bacon, divided
4 oz crumbled feta, divided
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle a little oil on the poblano pepper. Toss on the oven rack and turn on the broiler. Check often and rotate. All surfaces should be charred. Remove from oven and place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or tin foil.

Preheat oven to 375.

Scrub the sweet potatoes, pat dry, and poke with fork.

Lightly coat in oil, sprinkle generously with salt, and place directly on the rack of a preheated oven. Bake 45-60 minutes, until fork tender.

Meanwhile, place diced onion with a drizzle of oil on a smaller sheet of tin foil and wrap up into a packet. Do the same with the garlic cloves. Place in the oven until potatoes are done.

Meanwhile, use a baking sheet (with a metal rack if you have it) and place bacon on it. Also place in the oven. Check often, should take around 20 minutes depending on how thick. When done, remove from oven and let cool and let the rest continue to cook

Meanwhile, take roasted pepper out of the bowl, remove skin, seeds, and stem. Dice. Place in a bowl with 2/3rds the feta, the oregano, greek yogurt, and 6 of the pieces of bacon, crumbled.

When potatoes are done, take everything out and let cool enough to handle. Add the onions to the bowl and squeeze the creamy roasted garlic into the bowl. Discard the skins.

Slice the top off of the sweet potatoes. Scoop out the insides. Mash in the bowl with everything else. Spoon back into the skins, top with remaining bacon.

Place in the oven, bake 20-30 minutes, until heated through. Top with feta and bake 5 minutes more (if desired).

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