Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

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I made some twice-baked potatoes, and we loved them. We already love sweet potatoes. It just makes sense to twice-bake some sweet potatoes.

I snuck in an extra vegetable, added a little cream to make them … creamy. A sprinkle of cheese and crumbled bacon, and voila! A beautiful meal on its own, though you can add some greens if you wish.

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TWICE-BAKED SWEET POTATOES 
6 months+, Makes 3 servings 

See my “NOTES” after the recipe for modifications and other ideas!

Ingredients

  • 3 small sweet potatoes (smaller is better for this recipe, in my opinion)
  • a little oil of choice, just for coating the potatoes before cooking
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon (2 for the inside, 2 for the topping)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (or coconut or almond)
  • 1.5 tbsp butter (or ghee)
  • pinch of salt (optional, especially if you’re using salted butter)

Directions

  1. First bake: Preheat the oven to 400F. 
  2. Thoroughly clean each potato, pierce with a fork all around, coat with a little oil, and bake for 35-40 minutes. I used a glass baking dish, but you could use a metal sheet as well.
  3. Remove them from the oven and let them cool. THE FIRST BAKE can be done ahead of time, and the second bake can be done a different day altogether.
  4. (If your second bake is a different day, you’ll want to preheat the oven back to 400F.)
  5. Slice the potatoes in half (hamburger style… you want to make boats, not cups!).
  6. Scoop out the insides into a mixing bowl. Try not to tear the skin but, hey, if it happens, don’t beat yourself up about it. 
  7. In the bowl, add the grated carrot, 2 pieces of crumbled bacon, milk, butter, and salt. Use a hand mixer, potato masher, fork, wooden spoon, or your hands to mash everything together.
  8. Place the empty skins into a greased baking dish (see video below).
  9. Scoop the mixture into the skins as evenly as you can. They will overflow.
  10. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. I look for the little tips to start turning dark (not black, just a little darker than the surrounding area). Too little time in the oven, and your carrots will be a little crunchy still. 

NOTES

  • You can add shredded chicken, canned tuna, corn, and lots of other things in place of the carrot and bacon (or in addition to them, if you want!).
  • Add cheese to the mixture.
  • If you want to have melted cheese on top, sprinkle that on about 5 minutes before they are done.
  • Bacon is salty. But if you’re okay with your baby trying a tiny bite, go for it! Personally, I held off on bacon for a few months with my own son, but use your best judgment!
  • If you want to make these ahead of time, you can work up until step #9, then place them into the freezer. 
  • As I stated above, you can also do the “first bake” (up to step #3) and finish them later.
  • If you slice the potatoes in half and find that the insides are just too firm to scoop out, you can either pop the halves back into the oven for 5-10 more minutes OR microwave them for 4-5 minutes.