Twiced Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Apple, Goat Cheese, Cinnamon, and Honey Pecans

We had a familiar guest at the dinner table last night. A familiar guest who was sporting a new do. Our guest was dressed up, spiced up, and absolutely delicious! No, we are not describing our dream man…our guest was a twiced baked sweet potato with all the fixings!

We baked the sweet potatoes in the oven until they were soft. Then we scooped out the velvety orange flesh and mashed it, mixing in cinnamon, ground cloves, chunks of honey crisp apple and creamy goat cheese. We placed the mixture back in the skin and heated it in the oven until the apples were warm and the goat cheese was melted and creamy. As a final touch we topped the stuffed sweet potatoes with crunchy pecans which we had toasted with honey over the stove.

Served with grilled chicken, roasted veggies and a fresh mixed greens salad, our guest was the star of the meal! Although the pumpkin beer was a fierce competitor.

Happy double dipping!

Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium honey crisp apple
  • 1.5 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/3 pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves (nutmeg would be delicious as well!)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a fork poke holes in potatoes and wrap each potato in aluminum foil. Place in oven and cook for 45-60 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and let cool unitl cool enough to handle. (about 15 minutes)

3. In a medium bowl combine goat cheese, cinnamon, cloves. Mix together.

4. When cool, cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a spoon gently scoop out the flesh. Make sure to keep the skin in tact.

5. Combine sweet potato flesh and apple slices with goat cheese mixture. Then scoop the flesh and goat cheese mixture back into the potatoes skins.

6. Re-warm the sweet potatoes in the oven for 5-10 mintues.

7. While the sweet potatoes are warming, toast pecans and honey in a sauce pan over low heat on the stove for 3 minutes. Pay close attention to make sure the pecans do not burn! (we made this rookie mistake once)

*Note: You can prepare the sweet potatoes ahead of time, up through step 5. When you are ready to serve just re-heat them. This is a great time saver if you’re hosting a party!

 

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