Monday, February 25, 2013

Twice Baked Sw Potatoes

This month's theme for the Creative Cooking crew is Meat & Potatoes!



When thinking about this classic culinary combination, I couldn't help but think...  dessert ;)  I used a non-traditional meat (bacon) and sweet potatoes to come up with a dish that toes the line between savory and sweet (no surprise there).



While I made these sweet potatoes with only a hint of sweetness to serve as a side dish (or snack), these could easily pass as dessert with a little extra maple syrup in the filling and a dollop of coconut whipped cream on top!



Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4 as a side

2 small sweet potatoes
1 1/2T creme fraiche
1t + 1T maple syrup, divided
dash of cayenne pepper (I imagine a little chipotle in adobo would also be nice)
2T rolled oats
2T whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat)
3 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1T flax seed
3T chopped, pitted medjool dates
2T cold butter, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 350deg.

Using a fork, pierce each sweet potato 5-6 times in different places.  Rub with a little olive oil, and then place on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake 45-50min, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.  Set aside on a cutting board ~10min, until cool enough to handle.

Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise and gently scoop out the flesh, leaving ~1/8" layer of sweet potato.  Arrange sweet potato skins into a gratin dish or other oven-save serving dish.  Add the flesh to a bowl, along with creme fraiche.  Mash well, then season to taste with salt, freshly ground pepper, a dash of cayenne and maple syrup (I used a little less than 1t).  Evenly divide sweet potato mixture between sweet potato skins.

To prepare the bacon streusel topping, add oats, flour, bacon, flaxseed and dates to a small bowl.  Mix well with a fork, making sure to break up any dates stuck together.  Add maple syrup and butter, then rub mixture together with your fingers to evenly distribute.  Top sweet potatoes with the bacon streusel and bake 15-20min, until warmed through and fragrant.




What is your favorite way to enjoy meat and potatoes?  Check out Lazaro Cooks for the roundup on Wednesday for more creative ideas!

21 comments:

Joan Nova said...

Oh my, bacon streusel?! I'm a big fan of sweet and savory so I totally dig this.

Victoria said...

Wow, very cool play on sweet and savory. Definitely the most unique twice baked potato dish I've seen!

We Are Not Martha said...

What an awesome idea and way to make twice baked potatoes a hundred times better than they already are!

Sues

Jean said...

You always amaze me with what you create! These sound absolutely delicious!

Joanne said...

This is such a fun unique take on meat and potatoes. You just can't ever go wrong with sweet and salty.

Erica said...

Literally drooling over here! I have a sweet potato in the cabinet=happening!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I love anything sweet and savory. Looks delicious!

Hannah said...

Now that's a creative stuffed potato! I've never seen anything quite like it, and the addition of dates is particularly inspired. Love that sweet, salty, and spicy pairing.

Kerstin said...

I would just eat these for dinner :) Love the sweet and savory combo you have here!

Megan Ginsberg said...

I would love these! Definitely a great way to eat meat and potatoes. Corned beef hash is one of my favorite things, so that might be my favorite way to enjoy meat and potatoes.

Sacha said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats sweet potatoes for dessert from time to time. I go through a sweet potato a day, and I love seeing different ways to treat them!

Natalie said...

oh my gosh, the combination in here sounds awesome! love the addition of the dates!

Jenn Kendall said...

love this! such a creative take on the meat and potato theme!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Really like this concept of twice baked but with sweet potatoe and I can see how this could be a dessert...candied bacon anyone? It looks really good.

Lori Lynn said...

Dessert? Meat and potatoes? Crazy Girl!
Love how you think. Terrific addition to the challenge. Bet they tasted amazing too.
LL

Emily said...

These spuds sound good to me! I love the sweet and savory thing you've got going on.

Simply Life said...

Yum! I love sweet potatoes but never thought to prepared them like this!

Angela said...

Bacon and sweet potatoes are a natural combination and a great idea for meat and potatoes.

lostpastremembered said...

Num, a dessert potato with bacon. Love the idea of the oats and bacon. great job on the challenge.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I actually prefer sweet potatoes as dessert so I would definitely like to add maple syrup and whipped cream!

Erica said...

What a wonderful idea!Love the combination of flavors and textures! Great dish for the challenge!

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