Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Hazelnuts – This might just be the only sweet potato recipe you’ll ever need!
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…
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 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
- 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 1/2 hours. (You can nuke them in the microwave to speed the roasting time if needed.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Scoop the potato puree back into the bottom halves of the potatoes. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 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.
- 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.
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haha! love step number one! the bourbon-hazelnut-sweet potato flavor combo is genius!
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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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 bad@ss 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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Yummy recipes. I tend to suffer heart burn with the likes of food such as this. Yum just the same.
Thank you for sharing.
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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Oh my gosh. These are simply amazing! I can’t wait to try this!
Yum! Those would be dessert for me. But side dish works, too. ;)
I fell out of my chair over this one. It is amazing.
Great tips (and funny!), and a truly wonderful sounding recipe. I'm drooling over here!
great post and your right planning takes some stress away
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.
see post #20 for my recipe
sorry that is post # 21
The twice baked sweet potatoes look flavoursome and delicious!
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!
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!
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 . . . =)
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. :)
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! :)
Step #1 is so key!! Sweet taters look amazing! Thanks and cheers!
delicious presentation of sweet potatoes yummy
Wow, those sweet potatoes look so yummy!
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. :-)
This is a great time table. Those sweet potatoes sound amazing. I love the crunch you put on top.
I love sweet potatoes and those look wonderful. Bookmarked!
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Greece but I will sure try these potatoes. They look very appetizing.
Guess it's time to start planning! Love this time of year, but I'm definitely behind. Sitting and enjoying is key.