Guest Post: Sweet Potato Skins

by Heather on February 3, 2011

Morning everyone!  So you know how I told you I’ve been sick so much lately?  Well yesterday the sickness reared it’s very ugly head and rendered me practically incapable of anything but sleeping.  Thankfully the beautiful and VERY fabulous Jessica of How Sweet It Is is stepping in to share one of her amazing recipes in honor of the Super Bowl this Sunday.  Y’all enjoy!

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In honor of the big game this weekend, I wanted to share one of my favorite go-to snacks: sweet potato skins!

I simply adore these because the skin gets super crunchy – even more so than a regular ole’ potato skin. And since we are using sweet potatoes, these are healthy and good for you and allow you to eat an extra brownie.  Who doesn’t love that?

Before you work yourself up into a tizzy – there are many uses for the sweet potatoes that you are going to scoop out. You can make whipped sweet potatoes, sweet potato muffins, or even sweet potato waffles. Easy enough.

Now that we’ve left those concerns in the past, let’s get down to it.

You can top these skins with just about anything. I often go with some sharp cheddar cheese, scallions or chives, crispy bacon, and a scoop of sour cream. You can add chicken or beef, try a buffalo or barbecue spin, or even stuff them with chili and cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Of course you can also make them a bit healthier, using low-fat ingredients and Greek yogurt, but why on Earth would you want to do that?

Savory Sweet Potato Skins

makes 8 skins

4 small sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

3-4 ounces cheese, grated

2 slices of bacon, crumbled

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream

sea salt

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, set on a baking sheet, and bake cut side up for 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out sweet potato flesh, leaving just the slightest bit in the skin. Discard the flesh to use with another recipe.

Flip skins over so skin side is up. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, then bake for 10 minutes. Flip, brush insides with olive oil, and bake for 10 more minutes.

Remove skins and place a sprinkling of cheese in each, topping with bacon. Place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove and top with green onions and greek yogurt (or sour cream, of course!)

What’s on your Super Bowl menu?

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1 kim @ girlevolving February 3, 2011

These look delicious!

Hope you’re feeling better soon, Heather!

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2 Kristina @ Life as Kristina February 3, 2011

Who doesn’t love potato skins?! Yum!

Feel better soon Heather!

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3 Jacqui February 3, 2011

We are trying to be a little healthy this year and are getting rid of a lot of the little stuff and doing a big bowl of chili.

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4 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 3, 2011

Oh, Heather! You’ve really had it rough with sickness these past couple of weeks! Take care of yourself.

Love these potato skins — and sweet potatoes DEFINITELY mean more brownies. Totally on board with that.

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5 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 3, 2011

I love sweet potatoes and I love potato skins. Why have I never thought to make sweet potato skins? These look really good!

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6 Salah February 3, 2011

mmmmm those look so delish!!!

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7 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 3, 2011

yum! i’m obsessed with sweet potatoes. definitely giving these a try :)

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8 Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 3, 2011

Drooooooooooool.

I <3 sweet potatoes

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9 Nicole February 3, 2011

Oh, wow, those look GOOD!

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10 Jessica @ How Sweet February 3, 2011

Thank you my love!! :)

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11 Kristen February 3, 2011

Dangit – I was just looking for a potato skin recipe to link to in my super bowl post yesterday! These look so good!

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12 The Food Hound February 4, 2011

I have never eaten the skin of a sweet potato, but I think the added bacon, onion, and sour cream will do the trick!!

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13 Megan February 4, 2011

These sound amazing, I love everything with sweet potatoes. :)

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14 Mauiamandy@The Grains of Paradise February 4, 2011

Sorry you feel crappy again…no fun :( Lovin the Potato Skins though!

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15 Natalia - a side of simple February 4, 2011

So sorry you’re sick, Heather! I hope you feel better soon so you can partake in some delicious food eating (i.e. Jessica’s potato skins!)

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16 gingerbreadbagels February 4, 2011

Wow I would have never of thought to make sweet potato skins! Those look soooo good and I especially love the crumbled bacon on them! Mmm.

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17 Amy | She Wears Many Hats February 5, 2011

What a great idea! May have to add these along side the wings. I think they’d be snagged up real quick!

Hope you feel better soon Heather!

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18 Mary February 5, 2011

I am making a dessert for my super bowl party that I am attending. Everyone will have chips and dip, but i will bring the needed sweet! It is a layered vanilla pudding/cool whip thingy with oreo cookies…to die for.

Keep taking your vitamins and get your energy back…feel better soon!

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19 Baking Serendipity February 5, 2011

These look delicious! I love that I can probably write them off as healthy because there’s sweet potatoes involved :) Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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20 kathleen February 6, 2011

those look lovely! i love sweet potatoes and at dinner i usually eat the inside first so that i can fill the skin with whatever else is on my plate and use the skin as a wrapper. never thought to actually make sweet potato skins.

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