Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Loaded potato skins are a great alternative to jacket potatoes. They’re loaded with classic toppings like cheese and bacon so choosing a veg that has more nutrition is a good way to ensure you’re getting balance. Sweet Potatoes are fibre central and give your body slow burning energy which is a crucial way I manage my depression. Big dips in my energy can aggravate my depression triggers. Sweet Potatoes also have vitamins E, C and pro-vitamin A which are great for blood pressure and metabolism.

Sweet Potatoes are full of fibre and vitamin C which are great for slow energy release and cell repair

Serves 2 Adults & 2 Kids

2 large sweet potatoes
10 slices of streaky bacon
3 spring onions
150g grated cheese
sour cream
optional extras: hot sauce and pine nuts

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220° (200° Fan). Prick the potatoes all over with a short, sharp knife then rub all over with oil and sprinkle with salt. Put the potatoes into a baking dish and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • Dice the bacon and fry on a medium high heat until crispy. Finely slice the spring onions.
  • When the potatoes are baked turn the oven down to 190° (170° Fan) then cut the baked potatoes in half and carefully scoop out the orange flesh without damaging the skin. Put the flesh into a bowl along with 50ml of milk. Grind over generously with salt and pepper then mash with a fork.
  • Drizzle the insides of the potato skins with olive oil and sprinkle with salt then pop the skins back in the oven for 5 minutes to get crispy.
  • Add 3/4 of the bacon, 3/4 of the grated cheese and 3/4 of the chopped spring onion to the mash and stir to combine.
  • Fill the crispy skins with the mash then sprinkle over with extra bacon, spring onion and cheese then pop under a medium hot grill for 4-5 minutes. Serve with sour cream and hot sauce and salad. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts for an extra texture.

Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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