Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Recipe for Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac

These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac were a perfect flavor combination!

I can't wait to tell you about these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac, because I gobbled one down as soon as I had taken photos, and the next day I couldn't wait to eat the second one for lunch.  But first I want to let readers know about some behind the scenes tinkering that's going to happen on the blog late tonight.  For years I've owned the domain KalynsKitchen.com and had it pointing to my blogspot address.  Now my favorite web designer is going to switch them so the domain that shows will be KalynsKitchen.com, but the old blogspot links will forward to that.  It should go smoothly but thanks in advance for your patience if the site is unavailable for a short time or you have trouble with links or the search bar while the internet catches up with the changes.  (And if you're a food blogger who has a link to my blog  on your blogroll and wouldn't mind changing to the new url, it would be greatly appreciated!)

At Thanksgiving I made Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime.  They were fantastic, but very different from this recipe where the sweet potatoes are simply baked, then the flesh is scooped out and mixed with feta that's been marinating in a little olive oil and some spices.  The idea of combining sweet potatoes with feta came from a recipe in Crazy Water Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, a charming cookbook that was sent to me by my blogging friend Lydia. The recipe in the book had the feta just piled on top of the split sweet potato and it included cilantro and Kalamata olives on top (which I left off this time, but will probably try.)  If you like sweet potatoes and feta, you're going to love them together.

I just cooked two sweet potatoes to try the recipe, but it can easily be doubled.  Prick each sweet potato with a fork about 10 times, then roasted in a preheated 350F/180C oven for about 50-60 minutes.  The sweet potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork when you take them out.  (I trimmed the pointed ends just for looks.)

While sweet potatoes are cooking crumble the feta with a fork and mix in the ground fennel seed, ground coriander seed, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil.  Let the feta marinate in the fridge while sweet potatoes cook.

When the sweet potatoes are done, make a long slit along the top of each one, squeeze to soften the potato (using hot pads), then scoop out the flesh and put in a small bowl.  Mix in about half the feta mixture with the sweet potato flesh.

Then fill the sweet potato skins with the mixture, divide the rest o f the feta among the sweet potatoes, and put back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or just until the cheese is slightly melted.  Serve hot, sprinkled with Sumac and with salt and pepper to season at the table if desired.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac
(Makes two sweet potatoes, but can easily be doubled or tripled.  Recipe adapted from Crazy Water Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa.)

2 small orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (often called yams or sweet yams in U.S. grocery stores)
2 oz. crumbled feta (or slightly more if you're feeling indulgent)
pinch of ground fennel seed
pinch of ground coriander
1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp. olive oil
ground sumac for serving (optional, but good; you could substitute a little bit of smoked paprika)

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350F/180C.  Wash sweet potatoes, cut off sharp pointed ends if desired, and prick all over with a fork.  Put sweet potatoes on small roasting pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potato is easily pierced with a fork.

While sweet potatoes are cooking, crumble the feta into a bowl.  Mix in the ground fennel seed, ground coriander seed, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and olive oil and let the feta mixture marinate in the fridge while the sweet potatoes bake.  (If you don't have all those spices I would substitute anything that tastes good with feta such as a little dried oregano or some chopped fresh mint or basil.)

When sweet potatoes are soft, remove from oven and cut a long slit in the top of each sweet potato.  Use hot pads to gently squeeze the sweet potato to soften the flesh, then scoop out carefully into a small bowl.  Mix in about half the feta mixture with the sweet potato flesh.  Use a spoon to fill the sweet potato skins with the mixture, then divide the rest of the feta between the sweet potatoes, piling it on top.

Put sweet potatoes back in the roasting pan and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes more, just until the cheese has started to melt.  Serve hot, sprinkled with Sumac if desired and with salt and fresh ground black pepper to season at the table.

South Beach Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes are a great  low-glycemic vegetable, and are approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.  Low-fat feta is best if you can find it (but feta is a lower-fat cheese so don't worry about it too much.)  I used my favorite feta which has only 6 grams of fat in 1 oz.

More Tasty Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries from Kalyn's Kitchen
Roasted Sweet with Red Onions, Rosemary, and Parmesan from Kalyn's Kitchen
Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas from Gluten-Free Goddess
Sweet Potato Mash with Mint from Simply Recipes
Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili from In Good Taste
Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Tagine from A Veggie Venture
Sweet Potato Gratin from Savour Fare
Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon from Family Fresh Cooking
Cumin Scented Sweet Potato Hash from Pinch My Salt
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  1. Yum! These look fantastic, and right up my alley! I have never made a twice baked sweet potato! I definitely need to change that...

  2. This looks delicious! I'll have to try it out at some point since I love sweet potatoes and feta cheese.

  3. Gorgeousness! Twice-baked sweet potatoes are new for me, too, but I can't wait to try your recipe.

  4. This is twice baked heaven! What a brilliant idea to combine feta with the sweet potatoes.

  5. Thanks everyone; glad you guys are liking this idea. I'm already planning to make these again.

  6. Nice change, Kalyn. Easier to click right to www.kalynskitchen.com
    Looks good.

    Okay, now I am salivating over the twice baked sweet potatoes photo. I can hardly wait until Thursday night to bake them and eat them...going out tomorrow.

  7. These look so much more colourful than ordinary baked potatoes. Can't wait to try them.

  8. It's new for me too, so I try them soon and after it I'll add them to my recipe book.
    Thank you!!!

  9. I've been on the edge of my seat, waiting for you to post these! They look delicious. I bought sumac a few weeks ago and still haven't used it! This seems like the perfect opportunity.

  10. Kalyn, these sweet potatoes sound delicious, popping with flavor!

  11. Twice baked potato is a big favorite as are baked sweet potatoes, so don't know why it never occurred to me to marry the two. This sounds delicious and now I'm heading back to look at the ones from Thanksgiving.

  12. Wanda, it does make me happy to look up there and see KalynsKitchen.com, thanks!

    Glad people are liking this idea. I think the possibilities are endless!

  13. This looks incredibly good. I love sweet potatoes and love feta cheese. This is a winner!

  14. That looks Soooo Good!! Love sweet potatoes and feta...sounds delicious:)

  15. These sound absolutely divine and so nice to see your blog at the new address!!!

  16. Oh how I love sweet potatoes and these look fantastic!

  17. These look AMAZING!!! These are definitely going on next week's menu! Thank you :)

  18. I have a similar recipe for Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes in which I top instead with parmesan cheese, turkey bacon, and chopped green onions. Delicious!

  19. This sounds so delicious, and completely unique! Thanks for sharing these!

  20. i love sweet potatoes...can't wait to try these!

  21. Thanks for all the nice feedback about this recipe and the url switch. I think Wanda's sweet potatoes sound good as well, just love sweet potatoes!

  22. I really want to try these-- and I'm not just saying that! What a great combination of flavors, and your pictures sell it. Thanks!

  23. What an original way to use sweet potatoes. Looks amazing! :D

  24. Thanks Jen and Marcia! Hope you enjoy.

  25. Gorgeousness it looks delicious I'll have to try this twice baked idea as it looks much more attractive than what I usually do!

  26. I just found your site and I have already added you to my Reader and will be sharing your site with my other friends who are eating low-GI. Thank you for your focus and for what I can see is an almost limitless list of recipes to eat healthy and low-GI. I have lost 20 pounds eating this way and have another 10 to go so needed some inspiration, and maybe a kick in the behind!

  27. Jane, hope you like it.

    Figs and Artichokes, congratulations on the 20 pounds! Hope my blog will be helpful.

  28. It is so yummy! How can I get the Feta Cheese because I cannot find it at the market here.

  29. This dish looks so delicious~want to try this soon...

  30. We make twice baked potatoes all the time, but not often do we make them with sweet potatoes! Definitely going to have to try this one soon!

  31. I have always disliked sweet potatoes, but I have now made these every week for the past few weeks. We LOVE these!

  32. Mrs. Spock, I love hearing that! (And I loved this too; need to make it again.)

  33. This recipe is such a winner! I made quite a few changes - so I kind of made my own version. I had some dill weed to use and I felt adventurous so this is what I used: a cheese very similar to feta, 1/4 tsp crushed cumin seeds, 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of lemon pepper and 1 tbsp of chopped dill weed. Although I love garlic, I decided not to use any. I served this with turkey breast (cooked in the slow cooker) and roasted beans.

    My guest and I agreed that the sweet potatoes were the best part of the meal! Thank you so much for posting this!

  34. Sue, so glad you enjoyed it and love the sound of your adapted version.


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