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

EatingWell.com, March 2020; updated December 2022


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins

Can I Use a Microwave to Cook Sweet Potatoes?

Absolutely! Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave first (instead of baking them) helps keep this loaded sweet potato recipe quick and easy to make. 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. Learn how to microwave sweet potatoes in our guide to cooking sweet potatoes perfectly.

What to Serve with Loaded Sweet Potatoes?

This delicious side dish can be prepared for a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner and 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.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • 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.

  • 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

1 stuffed sweet potato
148 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 13.6g; dietary fiber 2.2g; sugars 4g; fat 7.7g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 22.3mg; vitamin a iu 11281.3IU; vitamin c 13.4mg; folate 15.6mcg; calcium 141.6mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 24mg; potassium 350mg; sodium 337.5mg.