Loaded Sweet Potatoes


Cheddar cheese, scallions and bacon flavor these "twice baked" sweet potatoes. Quick and easy to make, this loaded sweet potato recipe is perfect for the holidays or a weeknight meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings

Can I Use a Microwave to Cook Sweet Potatoes?

Absolutely! Cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave first (instead of baking them) speeds up the cooking time. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. This allows steam to escape while the sweet potatoes are cooking. The sweet potatoes are done when they're tender all the way to the center.

What to Serve with Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Whether it's a weekday or you're preparing a holiday meal, this delicious side dish pairs well with many main dishes, including Perfect Prime Rib, Simple Roast Chicken, Maple-Glazed Salmon, Steak au Poivre and Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic.

Loaded sweet potatoes can also be the main course when paired with Kale Salad with Balsamic & Parmesan, Green Salad with Edamame & Beets, Broccoli with Balsamic Mushrooms or Cauliflower, Quinoa & Arugula Salad.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)

  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 3 scallions, sliced, divided

  • 2 slices cooked bacon, chopped, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on High until tender, about 12 minutes. When cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise. Spoon the flesh into a medium bowl. Stir in cheese, all but 1 tablespoon of the scallions, half the bacon, salt and pepper.

  3. Place the potato shells on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the mixture between the shells. Bake until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each half with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon scallions and the remaining bacon.


Rimmed baking sheet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 stuffed sweet potato
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g 13%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Vitamin A 11281IU 226%
Vitamin C 13mg 15%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Calcium 142mg 11%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 350mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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