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I’m still going strong on the Whole30 program (day 21 coming to a close, woot!), and this dinner idea for twice-baked sweet potatoes came to me on a night I just did NOT want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Obviously making this for myself was the right choice, because I felt like I pretty much threw it in the oven and forgot about it for an hour. Actually, yep, that’s exactly what I did. The prep work oh-so-easy, and the end result oh-so-satisfying!
You can go a couple different ways with your potato:
You can just go for good ol’ fashioned savory by seasoning it with salt and pepper.
Or you can go for something more sweet by seasoning it with cinnamon and nutmeg.
OR, you can go completely bonkers and just combine them all! (Yes, I realize that last sentence was incredibly cringe-inducing, but “bonkers” is as daring as a mother of two small children on a Sunday evening can be. It hurt me more to write it than for you to read it.)
Also, I just so happened to have kept bacon crumbles in the fridge, and they made for the perfect topping along with some scallions. Highly recommend!
Twice-Baked Sweet Potato
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 slices bacon
- 1 tsp fat/oil of choice butter, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee / clarified butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 stalk scallions green tops only, chopped.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Thoroughly wash the sweet potato under a running faucet, being sure to remove any debris or growths from the skin. Pat dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, poke a few holes into the skin. Place the sweet potato onto a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.
- While the sweet potato is baking, cook bacon in a frying pan. Drain fat and allow bacon to cool. Cut the bacon into bite-size pieces and set aside.
- After one hour, remove the potato from the oven. Slice potato in half length-wise. Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp into a bowl. Add to bowl your choice of fat/oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
- Scoop pulp back into the skin of the sweet potato. Place back into oven to cook from 10 more minutes.
- Remove from oven, and top with bacon and chopped scallions.