It was the bacon that made you look, right? I came across this recipe in the latest Sunset magazine and thought, darn, it looks good but I guess I'll have to pass. But then I looked at the nutritional info and it didn't really sound that bad to me. Besides, sweet potatoes are so good for you. Am I fooling myself? This will be dinner tonight along with a quinoa salad, but I'm only making 2 sweet potatoes, not 4, and eating 1/2 instead of 1/4.


Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Goat Cheese

Yield: Makes at least 16 servings (serving size: 1/4 potato)
Recipe Time Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories 124
Calories from fat 42 %
Protein 4.7 g
Fat 5.9 g
Sat fat 2.4 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Sodium 211 mg
Cholesterol 9.8 mg

4 large (about 3 lbs. total) orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, scrubbed and halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1-in. pieces
5.5 ounces fresh goat cheese, divided
2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
1 tablespoon chopped chives

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prick cut side of potatoes with a fork in a few places. Rub potatoes all over with oil and put on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Let cool until you can handle them easily, about 15 minutes (keep oven on).

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until very crisp, 5 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness of bacon. Drain on a paper towel. Roughly chop half the bacon.

3. Scoop sweet-potato flesh out of skins and into a bowl (reserve skins). Smash flesh with a fork until smooth. Add chopped bacon, half the goat cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp. maple syrup, and stir just until blended. Spoon into reserved sweet-potato skins, dividing evenly and using all of it. Chill.

4. Bake until potatoes are warm in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle tops of potatoes with un-chopped bacon, crumbles of remaining goat cheese, drizzles of remaining maple syrup, and chives.