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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

No recipe image available.Tired of plain old run-of-the-mill baked potatoes? Liven up a dinner with these twice baked sweet potatoes. They can even be made up ahead of time to serve with a holiday meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

8 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup diced celery
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork; place on baking sheet and bake in a 350°F (175°C) oven for one hour or until soft; remove and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In small skillet, sauté celery in one tablespoon butter until tender, about 10 minutes; set aside.
  3. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off a 1/2-inch-thick piece from one long side of each; scoop flesh out into bowl, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell.
  4. Mash potato flesh with remaining three tablespoons butter, stir in celery, bacon, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into potato skin; arrange in baking dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) until heated through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Potatoes may be prepared a day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Reheat in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 45 minutes.

Makes 16 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of National Pork Board.