Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Whenever I get stuck on what to make for a side dish, I always fall back on potatoes. I grew up loving them and so did my proud Polish husband. My mom made the most incredible twice baked potatoes when I was growing up. So I put a big spin on them when I came up with these smokey, flavorful twice baked sweet potatoes! They were so easy to make too.

My first order of business was baking the potatoes because they took almost an hour. I wanted them to really soften and become tender. That made it easier to scoop the filling right out of the skin for the twice baked sweet potatoes.
I knew bacon had to be a part of this recipe, so I crisped it up using my favorite method. It cooked in the oven on a rack so that heat could get under it. To me it is the best way to cook lots of bacon at once! I didn’t have to babysit it on the stove either.
It was simple to assemble the twice baked sweet potatoes from there! I put the sweet potato flesh through my ricer and mixed it well with the rest of my ingredients. The highlight of the filling came from my smoked maple syrup. My sister-in-law brought it back for Marc and I from Vermont and it was amazing! It is available in many gourmet shops and even here on Amazon. I filled the skins to the brim with that gorgeous mixture, then topped them with lots of cheddar cheese and the crumbled bacon.
When the twice baked sweet potatoes came out of the oven the second time, they were absolutely glorious! The skins crisped up a bit and the filling was bubbly. I served them immediately as a side for dinner.

Let me tell you, when I bit in I was in heaven. There was so much smokey flavor and gorgeous texture going on. The filling was fluffy and creamy, but there was the crisp skin and bacon for crunch. It was the perfect side dish! I hope you all love it. xoxo

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
5 from 1 vote
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

These twice baked sweet potatoes are simple to make and so incredible for a side! There is loads of flavor from maple syrup, bacon, cheese and spices. 

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Sweet Potatoes, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Servings: 8
Calories: 513 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 4 whole sweet potatoes scrubbed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 stick butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup preferably smoked maple syrup if available
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hickory smoked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 and line a sheet tray with a silicone mat or tin foil. Lay the sweet potatoes out on the sheet tray and bake them for 50-60 minutes, until they are soft. While they bake, get out another sheet tray and line it with foil. Fit a cooling rack on the sheet. Lay out the bacon on the rack and get it into the oven to get crisp for 30-35 minutes. Take both trays out and let them cool for 5 minutes. While they cool, get out a large mixing bowl and combine the soft butter, maple syrup, ricotta, smoked paprika, salt, and garlic powder in it.
  2. Carefully cut the cooled potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh without breaking the skin. Put the flesh through a potato ricer right into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Then pour the milk into a small saucepan and gently heat it up until it starts to bubble over medium heat. Pour the hot milk into the mixing bowl as well and thoroughly stir it all together. Lay the skins back out onto the sheet tray and fill them with mixture to the brim. Sprinkle each potato generously with the cheddar cheese.
  3. Crumble the crisp bacon and evenly distribute it on top of each potato as well. Bake the potatoes again for another 20 minutes or so, until the skins are more crisp and the filling is bubbly. Serve them immediately on the side of your favorite main course when they are done!
Nutrition Facts
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 twice baked sweet potato)
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 338
% Daily Value*
Fat 37.5g58%
Saturated Fat 17.8g111%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 848mg37%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 33.2g11%
Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugar 16.7g19%
Protein 13g26%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

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