9/11/09

Double-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sausage

A few months ago I had dinner at a restaurant in Adams Morgan neighborhood. It was a perfect night, fun company, and great food. I had a dish of sweet plantains mixed with cheese and beef. That mixture was then stuffed back into the plantain "shell" and baked again.

Last week I decided to recreate that dish using sweet potatoes, sausage, mozzarella cheese and some garbanzo beans for added protein.

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes
1 pound sausage [I used a bratwurst sausage with cheese]
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon minced parsley




Directions

1. Bake sweet potatoes (without puncturing the skin) at 475 for about 30-40 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, remove the sausage from the casing and brown in a pan. Add garbanzo beans. Depending on the flavor of the sausage, you might need to add extra spices. Mine was flavorful enough on its own.
3. Once the potatoes are baked, let them cool a bit. Make a slit in the middle of the potatoes (lengthwise) and carefully remove the flesh of the potatoes. Add that flesh to the sausage/garbanzo bean mixture and slightly mash together.
4. Incorporate 1 cup of cheese into the sausage/garbanzo beans/potato mixture.
5. Evenly split the mixture into 4 potato skins and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.
6. Bake for 5 minutes to let the cheese melt.
7. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy.



This is the first time I've made a double-baked potato of any kind. This dish is incredibly versatile: you can use chicken instead of sausage, regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, and red peppers instead of garbanzo beans. Let your imagination go wild!

In other news, check out my food styling photo in Robyn Webb's latest post :)

24 comments:

The Hungry Mouse said...

Ya know, I've done this double-baked white potatoes a zillion times, but it's never occurred to me to do the same with sweet potatoes. Thanks for the inspiration! These look just delicious!

+Jessie

Elra said...

Whoaaa, this look so scrumptious!!!!!!!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh I love this what a fab idea, sausage and beans great combo thanks for sharing

angelinthekitchen said...

What an interesting combo! Looks fantastic.

The Duo Dishes said...

Well of course we know sausage goes well, but it's a surprise to see garbanzos and mozzarella. Good to know as we are big sweet tater fans.

Mary said...

What a nice combination and great new idea for sweet potatoes. This looks really delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

This is excellent! I love the idea of combining the sausage, mozzarella & garbanzo beans inside the sweet potato - sounds like a must try!

Leslie said...

This is a rockin twice baked potato

Angie's Recipes said...

I have yet tried to bake sweet potatoes with cheese. And they look so good. Must give it a try.

Angie's Recipes

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

There isn’t necessity to get fly the imagination with sausage, garbanzos and mozzarella...absolutely fascinating :)

Cheers!

Gera

Michelle S. said...

What kind of sausage did you use....it makes a big difference!

Melissa said...

I love trying to re-create dishes. Looks really yummy!!

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous recreation!! I love sweet potatoes! I cant wait to try this myself. thanks!

Jen said...

My aunt sent me this link. I'm excited to try the recipe this week!

pigpigscorner said...

This is wonderful! Love everything about it. Definitely making this soon!

Lisa Michelle said...

First off, I love Sweet Plantains, and one of my fav dishes uses them is called Pinon, which is a plantain, BEEF picadillo thick, cke like omelette. I'll have to blog about it soon! However, I must try your sweet potato sausage take on that sweet and savory combo. It looks amazing! Your photos always make my mouth water!

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Sasha said...

Omg! Yum.

And I like that plate too; very pretty color : ]

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of a baked sweet potato!

Sophie said...

That filled sweet potato looks so yummie!

MMMMMMMMMM,...lovely pictures!!

Carrie said...

This looks incredible! I love all of the ingredients that you decided to use.

Sam@BingeNYC said...

One of my fav restaurants has a butternut squash & sausage dish that is a bit similar to this...so I KNOW I'll be falling in love with your recipe as soon as I make it. Looks excellent! Yum.

Chef Fresco said...

Ohmygoodness, this looks absolutely amazing!! Love your recipe.

BlueToYou said...

you've definitely outdone yourself with this one. fantastic!

Katie said...

Holy cow! That looks fantastic!