Sweet Potato Boats with Bacon, Apples, and Cheddar

Background and History

Sweet Potato Boats with Bacon, Apples, and Cheddar offer a delightful twist on the classic baked sweet potato. Combining the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with the savory goodness of bacon, the tartness of apples, and the richness of cheddar, this dish provides a perfect harmony of flavors. Originating from the trend of stuffed and loaded baked potatoes, these sweet potato boats bring a wholesome and flavorful twist to your table.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes: 4 medium-sized.
  • Bacon Strips: 8 strips, cooked and crumbled.
  • Apples: 2, finely diced.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: 1 cup.
  • Green Onions: 2, finely chopped.
  • Sour Cream: For serving (optional).
  • Salt and Black Pepper: To taste.
  • Olive Oil: For brushing.

Serves: 4

Time:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 1 hour

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Prepare Sweet Potatoes

Wash and scrub sweet potatoes thoroughly.

Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise to create boats.

Bake Sweet Potatoes

Place sweet potato halves on a baking sheet.

Brush the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until tender.

Prepare Filling

In a bowl, mix crumbled bacon, diced apples, shredded cheddar, and chopped green onions.

Stuff Sweet Potato Boats

Once sweet potatoes are tender, carefully scoop out some of the flesh to create a well.

Stuff each sweet potato boat with the bacon, apple, and cheddar filling.

Bake Again

Return the stuffed sweet potatoes to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve

Garnish with extra green onions and serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~300 per serving

Protein: ~10g

Fat: ~15g

Carbohydrates: ~35g

Notes

Adjust sweetness by choosing different varieties of sweet potatoes.

Experiment with additional toppings like chopped nuts or a drizzle of honey.

Customize the filling with herbs or spices to suit your taste.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredients for potential allergens, especially in pre-packaged bacon.

Be aware of potential nut allergies if adding nuts as a topping.

Adjust ingredients to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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