Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgivingTwice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts – This might just be the only sweet potato recipe you’ll ever need!

Creamy Boozy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a little overwhelming for first time hosts.

Heck, Thanksgiving can cause anxiety in award-winning chefs… Don’t feel bad if the thought of it gives you hives!

Today I’m sharing some helpful Thanksgiving planning tips to get you off on the right track.

1. Pour yourself a glass of wine before you start planning. This is key.

2. Plan a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the nostalgic foods you love, but let your creative juices flow on the side dishes.

3. Organize the meal with your cookware, oven, and range in mind. How many sauce pots, pie pans, and baking dishes do you have available? Assign them to your dishes. Take the number of ovens and burners you have into consideration. That might help you decide between mashed sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, or sweet potato pie.

4. Write down your menu, gather your recipes, then make a thorough grocery list. You don’t want to be running back to the store at the last minute!

5. Make a checklist of dishes to cook, and other preparations to be made. Try to plan what you are going to do on the days before, so your checklist isn’t daunting Wednesday night.

6. Whenever anyone offers to bring an item, be ready to hand something off with a big “THANK YOU!” Some good items to delegate (or buy pre-made) are…

Your Rolls Homemade rolls or biscuits are wonderful, but if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner on your own, this is one area to save time and work.
Desserts If you have a good bakery nearby, buying your pies is a real time saver. Guests bringing food often like the idea of making dessert… so let them!
Appetizers Put light snacks out to keep your family and guests happy, while you’re wrapping things up in the kitchen.

7. Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert. That way, after dessert you can relax.

Making Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgiving

Here is the order in which I usually undertake Thanksgiving dinner.

4-6 Days Before

  • Shop and put the turkey in the fridge to thaw. DO NOT WAIT TO THAW YOUR TURKEY!

2 Days Before

  • Brine the Turkey. That’s right, BRINE IT! People, even so called experts, may try to tell you this is unnecessary, but from my experience (which in fairly substantial in the turkey department) you can’t get a bird as juicy and flavorful, with a GREAT crispy skin, without brining it. Don’t argue, just trust. *wink* I usually buy a brining bag, then put the whole bagged turkey in a bucket, a precaution against looming holiday disaster.
  • Prepare Sweet Potatoes, Make Cranberry Relish, Make Pumpkin Pies, Cut bread cubes for homemade stuffing and let them sit out uncovered to dry.

1 Day Before

  • Remove the turkey from the brine a full 24 hours before roasting, so the skin can dry out. Place it in a roasting pan in the fridge, uncovered, to speed up the drying process. Dry skin = crisp golden skin.
  • Clean the house.
  • Set the table.
  • Prepare the stuffing.
  • Make some iced tea, or other beverages.

Thanksgiving morning

  • Again, pour yourself a glass of wine. Yes, at 7 am, or whatever time you decide to start. It’s one day a year guys, and it will help keep your stress level down.
  • Prep the turkey EARLY and get in the oven (Don’t forget to turn and baste!)
  • While the turkey is roasting, prepare any side dishes that need to be made fresh.
  • Pull out any items that may need to be reheated, and let them come to room temperature.
  • Remove turkey from oven, and cover to rest.
  • Bake the side dishes.

While side dishes are baking

  • Prepare Gravy, Green Veggies, and warm pre-made items.
  • Sit down and enjoy yourself. Secretly revel in the fact that you pulled off an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Everything looks lovely, and is hot at the same time!

How to Make Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgiving

Last, I want to share an old favorite sweet potato recipe that is quick to put together (other than the roasting time.) These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are a great make-ahead, to pop in the oven on Thanksgiving day.

It’s also nice to have some side dishes that are prepared for individual servings.

Creamy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgiving

Although I love sweet potatoes in all preparations, these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts are ultra creamy with a hint of bourbon and a crunchy nut top.

Best Creamy Boozy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts on #thanksgiving

We’ve been making this recipe for years and keep coming right on back to it.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:1 hour 50 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes – This might just be the only sweet potato recipe you’ll ever need! Sweet and creamy with a hint of bourbon and a crunchy nut top.


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 6 round, not skinny)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup crème fraiche or cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (or pecans, walnuts…)
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the sweet potatoes with oil and roast on a rimmed baking sheet until very tender, 1 to 1 ½ hours. (You can nook them in the microwave to speed the roasting time if needed.)
  2. Cool slightly. Cut each potato in half and place the flesh of the top halves in a bowl. It should be soft enough to just fall out of the skin. Gently scoop the flesh out of the bottom halves and add it to the bowl, leaving a little around the edges for stability.
  3. Add the crème fraiche, 4 tablespoons butter, maple syrup, bourbon, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste, to the sweet potatoes in the bowl. Using a hand mixer (or immersion blender), puree until smooth.
  4. Scoop the potato puree back into the bottom halves of the potatoes. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg with the panko bread crumbs and chopped nuts. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the sweet potatoes.
  5. Bake another 15-20 minutes until warmed through and golden on top. *These can be made 2-3 days in advance. If coming out of the fridge, bake 30-40 minutes–until warmed through or cheat and rewarm in the microwave.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 6

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 545 Calories
  • Total Fat: 25.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.8g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Sodium: 193mg
  • Carbohydrates: 72.5g
  • Fiber: 10.1g
  • Sugar: 5.7g
  • Protein: 6.2g
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31 comments on “Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

  1. Gaby Dalkinposted November 11, 2015 at 12:49 am Reply

    haha! love step number one! the bourbon-hazelnut-sweet potato flavor combo is genius!

  2. Betty Lynneposted November 10, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply

    My first step on Thanksgiving morning is to pop the champagne and make mimosas! Great thing to sip on while making the big dinner. And turn on the Macy’s parade followed by football. This is what makes Thanksgiving my favorite holiday — it’s all about the food, family, and football! These sweet potatoes look like a winner to add to the menu too!

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  5. Coreyposted April 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Going to try these for my birthday as a side dish along with a raspberry vinaigrette salad, grilled asparagus, & a big salmon fillet!! It’s going to be such an epic meal!!!! I am going to smother these [email protected] sweet potatoes with a bourbon reduction sauce and then add the toppings. Oh & with a nice glass of step 1 ;). So excited for my 25th birthday dinner!! Thanks

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  7. Ainee Belandposted November 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Yummy recipes. I tend to suffer heart burn with the likes of food such as this. Yum just the same.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  8. yvonneposted November 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm Reply

    I like to bake my sweet potatoes. Cut fresh oranges in half and squeeze them.. Save the orange shells. scoop out the baked sweet potatoes. Mash them with some fresh orange juice, butter and brown sugar. Fill the orange shells with the mashed sweet potatoes. You can put 1-4 mini marshmellows on top ( kids will eat anything with marshmellows) and bake for a few minutes until they are heated through and slightly browned on top. YUM!

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  10. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted November 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh. These are simply amazing! I can’t wait to try this!

  11. Katrinaposted June 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Yum! Those would be dessert for me. But side dish works, too. ;)

  12. Emily Malloyposted November 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm Reply


    I fell out of my chair over this one. It is amazing.

    Rating: 5
  13. Heatherposted November 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Great tips (and funny!), and a truly wonderful sounding recipe. I'm drooling over here!

  14. Chow and Chatterposted November 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm Reply

    great post and your right planning takes some stress away

  15. Karenposted November 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm Reply

    Great timeline! I particularly like that pouring yourself a glass of wine is #1. Definitely what I do! :)
    Your sweet potatoes look really delicious. I'm always trying to come up with new and interesting ways to serve them, and this sounds perfect.

    • yvonneposted November 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm Reply

      see post #20 for my recipe

      • yvonneposted November 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        sorry that is post # 21

  16. Angie's Recipesposted November 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm Reply

    The twice baked sweet potatoes look flavoursome and delicious!

  17. BigFatBakerposted November 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Your planning tips are so helpful. My house is always a disaster as me and my mom try and finish everything on time and about the same time as everything else. The sweet potatoes look fabulous as well!

  18. Meganposted November 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm Reply

    You are wonderful! Thank you for all the planning tips. I always need help in that "organizational" area of my life! Beautiful sweet potatoes… a must dish for this time of year!

  19. jennaseverythingblogposted November 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm Reply

    All these tips are excellent! Thankfully I don't have to think too hard this year because my sister is hosting Thanksgiving and we're not getting to her house until late, late WEdnesday night. But I love your idea of serving a traditional meal but going crazy/creative with the side dishes. I'll keep that in mind for the year it's my turn to host . . . =)

  20. Julieposted November 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I made twice-baked sweet potatoes a few weeks back and thought they would be a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. The hazelnuts are just the piece de resistance… I was gifted with a huge container of local ones last month. :)

  21. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted November 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Your sweet potatoes look sooooo good! I'm definitely going to make them but without hazelnuts (I'm allergic). Mmm I seriously could eat all of those.
    I love your Thanksgiving tips too, very very helpful! :)

  22. High Plains Driftersposted November 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Step #1 is so key!! Sweet taters look amazing! Thanks and cheers!

  23. Torviewtorontoposted November 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm Reply

    delicious presentation of sweet potatoes yummy

  24. Lindseyposted November 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Wow, those sweet potatoes look so yummy!

  25. Lea Annposted November 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm Reply

    The sweet potatos sound wonderful. I saw a couple of fabulous recipes, one for Rolled turkey breast stuffed with dressing (Ina) and anotehr for stuffed pumpkin with bread and cheese (Dori). I was momentarily tempted to create these show off dishes, but decided the old standard would be much less stressful. I love Thanksgiving, but it does have it's moments. :-)

  26. Kristenposted November 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm Reply

    This is a great time table. Those sweet potatoes sound amazing. I love the crunch you put on top.

  27. Cherineposted November 15, 2010 at 8:06 am Reply

    I love sweet potatoes and those look wonderful. Bookmarked!

  28. Katerinaposted November 15, 2010 at 7:50 am Reply

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Greece but I will sure try these potatoes. They look very appetizing.

  29. Belinda @zomppaposted November 15, 2010 at 5:14 am Reply

    Guess it's time to start planning! Love this time of year, but I'm definitely behind. Sitting and enjoying is key.