In my attempt to eat healthy, I always pick produce I have never cooked before and try to make something tasty out of it. This time it was sweet potato. My sister used to absolutely love it as a kid! In fact, we used to receive buckets of sweet potato from my grand parents home after Diwali pooja. And all for her!
I have never liked sweet potato because there was only one way I saw it cooked back home and I dint like the taste of how it turned out. So this time I scoured the web for a new and original twist to cooking sweet potato and landed at the right place with a twice-baked loaded sweet potato recipe. I have modified this a little for my preference. So lets see how this went.
Preheat oven to 350. Wash and clean your sweet potato for any dirt. Rub it with some oil and put on a baking tray. Bake it for 30-35 mins or until it turns soft and tender. Mine took 40mins in total. I turned it midway for even cooking.
While it bakes, prepare the stuffing.
Stuffing ingredients –
Diced Bacon strips
Thinly diced onions
Thinly chopped Green onions/scallions
Roughly chopped coriander
Diced green peppers/capsicum
Cook the bacon until all fat is rendered. Turn off the heat and add onions, scallions, coriander and peppers. The heat from the released fat will cook the veggies and also retain their crunch. You can go wild here and add whatever veggies or toppings you’d like in your stuffing.
Once the sweet potato is cooked tender, let it cool down a little. Cut out 1/3rd of the potato from the top and scoop out all the flesh in a bowl. Also take out some of the flesh from the 2/3rds portion but make sure to leave some around the skin so as to keep the shape intact when we bake it for the 2nd time.
Seasoning ingredients –
Mash the flesh so as to not leave any lumps. Add all seasoning ingredients and mash together. Now add the cooked bacon and veggies and mix lightly. Add a few drops of lemon juice and mix again. Your stuffing is done!
Fill the stuffing into your 2/3rds of the baked sweet potato. Top it with some cheese. Bake again for 10-15 mins or until the cheese melts and the potato is heated-up throughout.
You could garnish with some coriander or scallions before serving but I was too tempted to wait 😀
It turned out absolutely fabulous! So much better than I expected 😀