Baked, Stuffed Sweet Potato

April 3, 2020 • Nancy Wolfson-Moche
As winter wanes and cold temps remain in the northeast, this bright purple sweet potato mixed with the sweet, tangy combo of onions, apples and dried cherries is a harbinger of spring.
adapted from Ava Jane’s Kitchen

Ingredients to serve 2

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (I used Frieda’s organic Stokes purple variety)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups apple, peeled and diced (I used gala here; Granny Smiths are delish too)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ½ teaspoon medium grade sea salt
  • fresh pepper to taste
  • a few fresh basil leaves

Process

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet or pyrex dish with parchment paper.
  • Place the potatoes on the sheet and bake until soft, about 45-55 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Heat a large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet on a medium-high flame for about 30 seconds. Add the olive oil and heat for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the onion to the pan, cooking until it softens and becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the sea salt, apple and cherries and cook until the apples begin to soften, another 2-3 minutes.
  • Make a clean cut down the center of each of the sweet potatoes. Gently peel back enough of the skin to allow you to scoop about 90% of the soft purple potato flesh. Leave 10% so the potato skin maintains its form. Be careful not to break the skin: you are going to refill them.
  • Mash the sweet potatoes in the bowl until they are smooth. Add half of the apple-onion-cherry mixture to the mashed potatoes, leaving the other half in the skillet for topping. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon and a little more sea salt to the bowl; mix until well-combined.
  • Gently scoop the filling back into each potato. Put the reserved apple-onion-cherry mix along the top center of each potato. Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves, if desired.
  • Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes or so, until the potatoes are hot.
  • Serve.

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