Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

These sweet potato skins, stuffed with creamy sweet potato mash and cheese and bacon, were originally created as a hooray-it's-Friday, game-day, movie-watching snack, but I'll let you in on a secret: the leftovers make a damn delicious breakfast when reheated. But maybe that's just me. Either way, they DO make a fantastic over-the-top snack/appetizer/appetizer that you're calling dinner. 

It starts with sweet potatoes (bake 'em up!). The soft, sweet flesh gets mashed with sour cream, which makes them ULTRA creamy and flavorful.

Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins
Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

Toppings is where these sweet potato skins get their name -- and where it gets really delicious. First -- shredded Monterey Jack. Then, bacon pieces. I used Tender Belly Habanero Bacon which was SO good because it's just the right balance of sweet and spicy, but your favorite bacon will be perfect, no matter what it is. The potatoes go in the oven like that, just until the cheesy is extra gooey, and then get topped with fresh green onions (need a little bit of green in all of that orange! 😉), a dollop of fresh sour cream, a few slices of jalapeño (for extra zip!), and a dash of smoked paprika (which also adds nice color and flavor).

All that's left to do is eat! 

Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

Cheesy Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

Published January 22, 2019 by
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Serves: 12   |    Active Time: 1 hour



Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Several dashes of paprika, for garnish
  • Optional: 1 jalapeño, sliced for garnish

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prick each sweet potato with a fork, and bake for 45-50 minutes, until sweet potatoes are soft all the way through. Allow sweet potatoes to cook 10-15 minutes, or until they are cool enough for you to handle.
    2. Slice each sweet potato in half. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh out of each potato half and into a bowl without breaking the skin of the potato (tip: leave about 1/4 inch of flesh attached to the skin, it helps keep everything together!).
    3. Mash sweet potato flesh with 1/3 cup sour cream, salt, and pepper until everything is incorporated (a few lumps are OK).
    4. Scoop mashed sweet potato into potato skins. Top with cheese and bacon bits. Place back in oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and just starting to bubble. Remove from oven, and top with green onions, a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of paprika, and if using, a slice or two of fresh jalapeño.
    5. Serve hot.
    Reheating leftovers: Leftovers can be reheated in a microwave (1-2 minutes, depending on microwave), toaster oven or oven (350° for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through)

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    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs

    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs

    Adding goat cheese crumbles to scrambled eggs takes about two additional seconds but adds so much creamy cheesy flavor.

    While I normally opt for eggs over easy these days, scrambled eggs were probably the first thing I ever learned to cook myself, and that alone made them one of my favorite foods as a kid. (I would scramble and egg in the microwave on slow weekends when my mom would ask, “Are you going to eat breakfast today?")

    That version didn’t call for goat cheese (and I don’t think twenty-years-ago Caitlin would’ve appreciated the addition), but goat cheese adds pockets of creaminess that are out of this world.

    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs
    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs

    Chives and goat cheese are a classic combo. Chives add a delicate onion-garlic flavor that is just zippy enough to give creamy goat cheese some extra life. Chives are one of the first plants in the garden that turns green come spring, making this breakfast a perfect early spring kind of dish.

    I happened to also be cooking up a batch of creamy Icelandic Langoustine Soup, and had some extra chives to burn. I hate buying a bunch of herbs and only using half, leaving the other half to wither in the fridge… though, that ends up being the fate of many MANY bunches of herbs in our fridge. Sound familiar? Well, there are LOTS of ways to use up chives, including this recipe! Here are a few more to help you finish off that bunch: Crustless Quiche Lorraine (a reader fave!), Sweet Potato Chive Hash Brown Waffles, or Garlic and Herb Shrimp with Vine Ripe Tomatoes. You could basically build a whole week’s meal plan around a bunch of chives!

    We served these eggs with a side of roasted sweet potatoes, but sautéd veggies would also be delish!

    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs
    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs

    Goat Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs

    Published January 17, 2018 by
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    Serves: 2   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles, plus more for topping
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for topping to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil, such as coconut or avocado
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, plus more for garnish 

  • Directions:

    1. Crack all four eggs into a mixing bowl. Whisk together until they are frothy and solid yellow. Add goat cheese, salt, and pepper, and whisk to incorporate.
    2. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Pour egg mixture into skillet. As eggs begin to set (after a few minutes) gently use a spatula to pull eggs across pan, making curds. Add in chives and continue to cook for a few more minutes, occasionally stirring, until all of the egg mixture is set.
    3. Divide among serving plates and sprinkle with extra goat cheese and chives, along with extra black pepper to taste.

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    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites (With Video)

    This is an older recipe from Foraged Dish that I wanted to spruce up with new photos and a video. These energy bites are so darn delicious — they’ve been in my snack draw at work and I SO look forward to snack time each day! 

    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

    Last week I went on a hike in the Front Range with nothing in my bag but my camera, my phone, and a ziplock stocked with these Chocolate Chip Energy Bites. I thought I had my car key too, until 30 minutes in when — oh no! - I noticed the pocket where my key was in was open. Open and empty. 

    I immediately turned on my heels and spent the whole hike downhill with my head turned down, eyes constantly scanning the trail. I tried to soothe my inner chatter box, which, by the time I made it back down to the trailhead with no sign of my keys in sight, was freaking out.  In the end, I had to call for a ride to go get a spare key (thanks, Dad!). 

    But I digress. Casualties of hiking alone are not what this post is about! This post is about the snack I had with me at the time, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites! (The whole hike I kept thinking, well at least if I have to wait a while, I have good snacks…)

    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

    These energy bites (or balls, or whatever you want to call them) call for only six ingredients and they just go into your food processor and you roll them up. That’s it! 

    Why macadamias and cashews? Macadamia nuts are extra buttery, which lends very well to this recipe, which taste a lot like a healthy version of cookie dough! At the same time, cashews are a bit starchier than most nuts, and their sweet flavor also gives these bites a bit of a “cookie dough” flavor. 

    Mini chocolate chips are best in this recipe because they distribute into each energy bite well. Each bite has a bit of chocolate and a bit of nut mixture, which sticks everything together. 

    Happy hiking! Take these with you — and don’t lose track of those keys!! 

    Recipe video below!

    Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

    Published January 15, 2018 by
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    Yield: 12   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

  • Directions:

    1. Add dates, macadamia nuts, cashews, salt, and honey to bowl of food processor. Secure lid on food processor and run until the nuts are ground into a corse meal that begins to clump.
    2. Add mini chocolate chips to food processor and pulse, 2-3 times, just until chocolate is evenly distributed.
    3. Scoop a heaping tablespoonful of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
    4. Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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