Sweet & Nutty Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper

Welcome to another week of #SundaySupper!
Life is feeling really complicated most days, but just because life is complicated doesn’t mean my dinner recipes have to be.  This week’s #SundaySupper is dedicated to recipes with 5 ingredients or less.  Simple, right?
When I think of simple recipes with only a few ingredients, I try to think of ingredients that pack a punch… high intensity spices, nutrient packed veggies, fats that add flavor.  The first thing that entered my mind this week?  Sweet potatoes.
Does your state have a Sweet Potato Commission?  North Carolina does.  I had no idea it existed until I found out they were one of the sponsors for 2012 TypeACon.  How awesome is that?  I wonder what other awesome food-related commissions we have?  Anyway, these orange little beauties are bursting with vitamins A and C.  They are also a healthier alternative to white potatoes and generally diabetic-friendly (sadly, my recipe below is not).  They taste great roasted, fried, baked, steamed, grilled and pretty much any other way you can come up with to cook them.
Sweet and Nutty
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
(Serves 2)
2 large Sweet Potatoes
1/2 stick of Butter
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
This part can be done ahead!
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Wash your potatoes thoroughly, carefully scrubbing to remove any dirt.  Using a knife, stab several small hole sin each potato and place them directly on the center rack in your oven.  Bale the potatoes for an hour, then remove them from the oven to cool.
Once your potatoes have cooled, slice them in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the flesh.  Place it in a mixing bowl.
In the meantime, melt the butter in a non-stick sauce pan over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted, stir in the pecans and cook for about 2 minutes or until the pecans become fragrant.  Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon, reduce heat to low and allow the flavors to meld.
While the butte mixture gets cozy, use a potato masher or fork to break up the potato flesh.  Sweet potatoes are very easy to smash.  You could also use a mixer to whip the potatoes if you would like.  Once you’ve reached a relatively smooth consistency, stir in the hot butter mixture.
Scoop the potato mixture back into two of the hollowed sweet potato skins and carefully place them back on the rack in a preheated 425 degree oven.  Allow then to bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they get a nice, light brown crust on the flesh.
Pull them from the oven carefully and serve with a little additional butter and brown sugar.
Delicious!
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27 Responses to Sweet & Nutty Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper

  1. Baker Street says:

    What a lovely and delicious recipe. :)

  2. Martin D says:

    Yum! I love sweet potatoes with nuts! Hadn’t thought of prepping this way! Great recipe!

  3. Your photos turned out gorgeous! ;) And we both did twice baked potatoes…only I think I’d rather have yours.

  4. Great Thanksgiving weekend recipe, too, with the leftover turkey!

  5. A wonderful way of eating sweet potatoes. I just love the idea of them being baked and that sweet extras!

  6. I adore sweet potatoes and can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. Pecans and Cinnamon is a delicious combo! Thank you for sharing!

  8. YUM! Love the combo for the sweet potato and now that I see the photo you used here, all I can think of is the shot on FB with the scrapbook paper! Shot looks great!

  9. Sweet Potato and brown sugar well together. It is something that almost everyone has in the pantry. IT would make a quick week night meal.

  10. Melanie says:

    I love savory and sweet all rolled up into one– looks so yummy!

  11. You’re in NC? Where? I’m in the Outer Banks! Your recipe would be diabetic-friendly if you left out the butter and brown sugar :)

  12. I Love Sweet potatoes. I think that These will be served at our Thanksgiving Dinner. I will just make it Galactosema friendly and leave out the Butter and replace it with vegan Margarine :)

  13. Sarah Reid says:

    Wow! Normally I have sweet potatoes au naturale but this looks so wonderful

  14. We do not eat enough sweet potatoes. But I think this recipe would get the family on board with them!

  15. Renee Dobbs says:

    I love sweet potatoes and just made them the other night. I have not twice baked them before and will try that next time.

  16. Oh! I love sweet potatoes but I’ve never made them like this. I’m definitely going to try.

    I’m in NC too and had no idea we had an entire Sweet Potato Commission! Way to go, NC! –Lisa

  17. seetfei says:

    Love the idea of serving it with brown sugar and butter. This looks good!

  18. seetfei says:

    Love the idea to serve with brown sugar and butter. This looks good!

  19. Tara says:

    Loving that sweet potato, would want it any other way!!

  20. Megan Wood says:

    Reminds me of Thanksgiving!! I love sweet potato casserole and this is a mini version of it. All I need is marshmallows on top. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Laura Hunter says:

    I never thought to do a twice baked sweet potato, sounds delicious

  22. Kim Bee says:

    Butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are like crack together. You just cannot go wrong with that combo. It’s a twice baked crack sweet potato and I love it.

  23. Carla says:

    I’m starting to sense a theme with potatoes and easy meals. Love the simplicity of this dish plus your scrapbooking set up ;)

  24. This is almost like dessert! :-) But I bet this would taste awesome with pork chops!

  25. This is my favorite kind of sweet potato. It’s like eating a bite of fall. Love this!

    Also, I thought it was a genius idea to use scrapbooking paper as a backdrop. Brilliant!

  26. Alice Choi says:

    Twice baked sweet potato? LOVE this! thanks for sharing this recipe! looks great!

  27. Amanda says:

    We’re trying to move away from white potatoes – this might help win over my crew.

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