These twice-baked sweet potatoes have crispy, carmelized skins and a smooth tangy filling. Add a dollop of crème fraîche and indulge.
By Bryan Picard
These twice-baked sweet potatoes have crispy, carmelized skins and a smooth tangy filling. Add a dollop of crème fraîche and indulge. Don’t ask me why crème fraîche is so hard to find. Until I started making it myself (cultures are from Glengarry) I never had occasion to try the stuff. Now, I love it in soups, curries, and anything that benefits from a rich, creamy kick.
Crème fraîche is similar to sour cream but less sour and with a higher fat content. You can, of course, substitute sour cream, but avoid the artificially soured kind. It doesn’t really taste good.
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 6 slices bacon, roughly chopped
- 4-5 green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- pinch cayenne pepper
- ½ cup crème fraîche (or sour cream or greek yogurt)
- salt + ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- Bake the sweet potatoes on a baking pan for 45-55 minutes or until you can easily pierce through it with a knife.
- Let them cool for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sauté the bacon in a frying pan on medium heat until the bits are crispy, this should take about 10-15 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the green onions. Set aside.
- For 2 of the potatoes, split them in half and scoop most of the flesh out, leaving about ¼? on the borders. Take all the flesh out of the remaining potato.
- Mash, then add the butter and the bacon-green onions mixture.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon the mixture back into the skins and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
- Serve with the crème fraîche.
Bryan Picard is a wild and homegrown food enthusiast. He lives in the Maritimes in Canada and has worked the kitchens as a cook and chef for the past ten years. He writes on his blog The Bite House.