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Twice-Baked Smoky Sweet Potatoes

Prep time 21 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 12 mins
Yield 6 servings
Like a twice-baked potato, this sweet potato version mashes yummy ingredients together and then gets a crusty cheese topping with a surprise ingredient. The results pair well with pork tenderloin, turkey, or ham.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (3 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup crushed amaretti cookies (about 4 cookies)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

How to Make It

  1. Scrub potatoes, and prick each potato once. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 1 hour or until tender.

  2. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut a strip from top of each potato; carefully scoop out potato pulp, leaving 1/8"-thick shells. Set shells aside. Place pulp, butter, and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Mash with a potato masher, or beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; spoon into potato shells. Cover and chill up to 2 days.

  3. When ready to bake, place stuffed potatoes on a large, round microwave-safe, ovenproof platter, and cover with a paper towel. Microwave potatoes at HIGH 6 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  4. Combine crushed cookies, 1/4 tsp. paprika, and cheese. Sprinkle over potatoes. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until browned.

  5. Note: You can find smoked paprika at specialty grocery stores or spice stores.

Christmas with Southern Living 2007