Saturday, September 19, 2009

Twice Baked Loaded Sweet Potatoes

I'm telling you, these past couple of weeks, with flu season and all, have made for some quite hellish days at work. I'm so stressed out from the pharmacy that after coming home from a late shift, I don't want to spend hours preparing a great meal. I can settle for a quick, mediocre one. And this was just the case the other night with these potatoes I found over at Mango & Tomato...


2 large sweet potatoes
2 medium sized chorizo pork sausages
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
6-8 fresh mozzarella balls
salt and pepper to taste

This is pretty much a no brainer recipe: just cook potatoes, fry filling, and bam, but I'll go into the details just in case...

Preheat oven to 475 degrees and bake potatoes for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. Mine were pretty hefty, so it took all of about 45 minutes to get them good and done.

While you're waiting for the potatoes, remove the chorizo from it's casing and fry in a skillet until browned. Then add your garbanzo beans and mix well. The chorizo gives the filling a pretty decent heat, but I found that I had to add a little bit of salt and pepper just to add a little more flavor.

When potatoes are finished, allow them to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Make a slit in the middle of each one and carefully remove the filling and add it to the sausage/garbanzo mixture.

Shred some fresh mozzarella into the mixture, as much as you'd like, and mix well. Then add the mixture into the potato skins. Top with bits of mozzarella (I did this in layers by putting some cheese on the bottom of the potato skins, then add some filling, then more cheese in the middle, and more filling, and then top with cheese, but I like mucho cheesy things so you don't have to do this). Bake the potatoes for about 5 minutes, until cheese is nice and melted and dig in!

This didn't take considerably long to make, especially since I made Andy start baking the potatoes a little before I left work so they would be done by the time I got home! Smart eh? Overall, it was okay... would have been great as a side dish of loaded mashed sweet potatoes, but it was quick, easy, and relieved a little bit of my stress so I can't complain! Enjoy!


  1. This looks like a neat dish of comfort food, nothing too fancy (but then, it's not meant to be fancy)... just oh so good! :)

  2. definitely comfort food indeed!

  3. I've never thought of stuffing sweet potatoes with chickpeas, but I don't see why not!

    We don't get what you'd recognize as a sweet potato here in New Zealand, but we do have kumara. Kumara is like a cross between a sweet potato and a regular potato and I love to make them twice-baked.

  4. the kumaras sound quite interesting! and the chick peas gave the potatoes an added texture instead of just making it like a mashed potato... definitely good though!

  5. Hi!
    So glad you tried my recipe and liked it (you did like it, right?) :)

    Good idea on using chorizzo! And I like how you layered cheese at the bottom, in the middle and on top!

  6. yeah, I definitely liked it! great flavor combination!



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