Simple Side Dish - Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Easy Side Dish and a Great Alternative for an Old Holiday Standby
Disclosure! I do not like to cook. In creating this lens, I polled my friends on Facebook for the perfect alternative side dish for my Holiday Table, and requested nothing but Easy!
The results were fantastic (Because I have fantastic friends!) Although this lens is only about one recipe, I offer up my thanks to all who participated! That being said, my friend and co-worker Stacey Walley Philley was the first to respond, and the first to make my mouth water. (this was not a condition but one I decided was the best way to decide whose recipe to choose). I have "practiced" the recipe and indeed it is simple and yum yum yummy!
You might have seen a similar version called "twice baked" sweet potatoes, but either way, these are to die for. According to Stacey, even those who claim to not like sweet potatoes love 'em. So if you're sick of brown sugar and marshmallows mixing in with your turkey and stuffing, try this nice and tidy but melt in your mouth delicious alternative!
- 6 Medium Savory Sweet Potatoes
- One Stick Butter
- Grated cheese - I like cheddar, but have seen some recipes with mozzarella.
- Bacon bits - best if homemade of course!
- Cream - Chef Stacey says heavy, sour, or milk is fine "just add a splash... Prob 1/3 a cup to add moisture and make it smooth."
- Seasoning to taste. Being a non-cook, I had to go online to find suggestions. Salt of course. I leave out pepper. Then I saw suggestions for paprika and Dijon mustard also. I just used salt and they were great!
- Variations: (optional)
add 1 egg,
2 or 3 small shallots,
one teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
Very good demonstration - Walks you through it.
Mrs Betty does a fantastic job of showing the steps of basic baking and how to pull it all together. The ingredients are a little different, but she's a big help for someone like me who maybe can't even bake a sweet potato right! LOL
Chef Stacey's version is much simpler and very tasty! But big thanks to Mrs Betty for the walk through!
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from Betty's Kitchen
The Easy Breezy "How To"
Straight from Chef Stacey
Stuffed sweet potatoes rock!!!
Stuff them like regular potatoes.. Savory, not sweet. Bake til tender, scoop out middle, mix with butter, cheese, bacon bits, cream, season to taste... Stuff back in hollow shells and top with cheese! Put back in oven to melt cheese!!! Yum!!!
Use real cream, sour cream, or milk, just add a splash... Prob 1/3 a cup to add moisture and make it smooth. People who claim to not like sweet potatoes dig that. And, you can tweak it to your liking!
Optional of course!
1. if you'd like a little brown sugar in there somewhere, sprinkle it on top of your bacon before cooking (re: preparing bacon bits)
2. Add an egg to the cooked middle to create a more fluffy, stiff consistency.
3. Add 2 or 3 small shallots to mixture, finely minced and cooked in skillet with butter.
4. Add pinch of fresh Rosemary to shallots when cooking, and use another pinch for garnish
Sweet Potato Recipes - I love that our wonderful Sweet Potato Queens are here!
The Sweet Potato Queens are our local heroes! Since Stacey and I are both from Jackson, it is so cool they are part of this lens! I have another lens here on their wonderful participation in our St Paddy's Day Parade
Sweet Potato - the Healthy, Yummy Alternative!
About Chef Stacey - The Genius behind the recipe
Stacey and her Mom are both great cooks. Before she was married, and still living at home, Stacey and her Mom had a special dinner every Thursday night, where they created some kind of new and special dish. It might be something someone suggested or something they thought up themselves. Listening to her talk about the things they came up with made me (almost) want to be a cook myself.
Thankfully she has several simple recipes up her sleeve and could share this easy one with me, the not-much-of-a cook!