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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta

These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac are a perfect flavor combination! This tasty sweet potato side dish is meatless, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet phase two. Use Sweet Potato Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac are a tasty sweet potato recipe that I’ve made over and over since I first posted this in 2011. In fact, I like these so much I’d even bake them in my toaster oven when it’s too hot to heat up the oven! If you don’t have Sumac, you can use smoked paprika or even regular paprika, but I love the interesting flavor the Sumac adds. And I also think this would be perfect for Thanksgiving, so I’m adding it to Thanksgiving Recipes!

I knew I’d like this recipe after I loved the Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime for a Thanksgiving side dish, and I completely swooned over these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac as well. I gobbled one down as soon as I had taken photos, and then the next day I couldn’t wait to eat the second one for lunch. And for this easy recipe the sweet potatoes are simply baked, then the flesh is scooped out and mixed with Feta that’s been marinating in a little olive oil and some spices. You could serve this as a side dish or as a meatless main dish, and if you’re really watching carbs, have half of a sweet potato with a lower-carb main dish.

The idea of combining sweet potatoes with Feta came from a recipe in Crazy Water Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, a charming cookbook that was sent to me by my blogging friend Lydia. The recipe in the book had the feta just piled on top of the split sweet potato and it included cilantro and Kalamata olives on top (which I left off this time, but will probably try.)  If you like sweet potatoes and Feta, you’re going to love them together.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac found on KalynsKitchen.com

I just cooked two sweet potatoes to try the recipe, but it can easily be doubled or tripled.  Prick each sweet potato with a fork about 10 times, then roasted in a preheated 350F/180C oven for about 50-60 minutes.  The sweet potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork when you take them out.  (I trimmed the pointed ends just for looks.) While sweet potatoes are cooking crumble the feta with a fork and mix in the ground fennel seed, ground coriander seed, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil.  Let the feta marinate in the fridge while sweet potatoes cook.

When the sweet potatoes are done, make a long slit along the top of each one, squeeze to soften the potato (using hot pads), then scoop out the flesh and put in a small bowl.  Mix in about half the feta mixture with the sweet potato flesh. Then fill the sweet potato skins with the mixture, divide the rest o f the feta among the sweet potatoes, and put back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or just until the cheese is slightly melted.  Serve hot, sprinkled with Sumac and with salt and pepper to season at the table if desired.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Recipes for Sweet Potatoes:

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon ~ Family Fresh Cooking
Roasted Sweet with Red Onions, Rosemary, and Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese and Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta

These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac are a perfect flavor combination!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (often called yams or sweet yams in U.S. grocery stores)
  • 2 oz. crumbled Feta (or slightly more if you’re feeling indulgent)
  • pinch of ground fennel seed
  • pinch of ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • ground Sumac for serving (optional, but good; you could substitute a little bit of smoked paprika)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Wash sweet potatoes, cut off sharp pointed ends if desired, and prick all over with a fork.
  3. Put sweet potatoes on small roasting pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potato is easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While sweet potatoes are cooking, crumble the feta into a bowl.
  5. Mix in the ground fennel seed, ground coriander seed, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and olive oil and let the feta mixture marinate in the fridge while the sweet potatoes bake.  (If you don’t have all those spices I would substitute anything that tastes good with feta such as a little dried oregano or some chopped fresh mint or basil.)
  6. When sweet potatoes are soft, remove from oven and cut a long slit in the top of each sweet potato.
  7. Use hot pads to gently squeeze the sweet potato to soften the flesh, then scoop out carefully into a small bowl.
  8. Mix in about half the feta mixture with the sweet potato flesh.
  9. Use a spoon to fill the sweet potato skins with the mixture, then divide the rest of the feta between the sweet potatoes, piling it on top
  10. Put sweet potatoes back in the roasting pan and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes more, just until the cheese has started to melt.
  11. Serve hot, sprinkled with Sumac  if desired and with salt and fresh ground black pepper to season at the table.
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Although they’re not that low in carbs, sweet potatoes do have fiber and are a great low-glycemic vegetable. I used my favorite feta  for these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta, which has only 6 grams of fat in 1 oz., making this recipe suitable for Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. If you’re following another low-carb plan, I’d recommend eating only half a sweet potato as a side dish for a lower-carb meal.

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    43 Comments on “Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta”

  1. Again, my go-to side. Last night we ran out of time…what to have…ah, sweet potatoes from Costco? Yes, Kalyn's recipe. We 'waved the sweets, made the topping, sprinkled with Sumac, grabbed a Dale's Pale Ale, and we were set. LOVE this recipe.

  2. Made these last night, they turned out great! I'll definitely be making them again. Thanks! 🙂

  3. I love the addition of feta and sumac here for a middle eastern twist!! Yummy!

    Ami || NaiveCookCooks.com

  4. Sue, so glad you enjoyed it and love the sound of your adapted version.

  5. This recipe is such a winner! I made quite a few changes – so I kind of made my own version. I had some dill weed to use and I felt adventurous so this is what I used: a cheese very similar to feta, 1/4 tsp crushed cumin seeds, 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of lemon pepper and 1 tbsp of chopped dill weed. Although I love garlic, I decided not to use any. I served this with turkey breast (cooked in the slow cooker) and roasted beans.

    My guest and I agreed that the sweet potatoes were the best part of the meal! Thank you so much for posting this!

  6. Mrs. Spock, I love hearing that! (And I loved this too; need to make it again.)

  7. I have always disliked sweet potatoes, but I have now made these every week for the past few weeks. We LOVE these!

  8. Peggy, hope you enjoy!

  9. We make twice baked potatoes all the time, but not often do we make them with sweet potatoes! Definitely going to have to try this one soon!

  10. This dish looks so delicious~want to try this soon…

  11. It is so yummy! How can I get the Feta Cheese because I cannot find it at the market here.

  12. Jane, hope you like it.

    Figs and Artichokes, congratulations on the 20 pounds! Hope my blog will be helpful.

  13. I just found your site and I have already added you to my Reader and will be sharing your site with my other friends who are eating low-GI. Thank you for your focus and for what I can see is an almost limitless list of recipes to eat healthy and low-GI. I have lost 20 pounds eating this way and have another 10 to go so needed some inspiration, and maybe a kick in the behind!

  14. Gorgeousness it looks delicious I'll have to try this twice baked idea as it looks much more attractive than what I usually do!

  15. Thanks Jen and Marcia! Hope you enjoy.

  16. What an original way to use sweet potatoes. Looks amazing! 😀

  17. I really want to try these– and I'm not just saying that! What a great combination of flavors, and your pictures sell it. Thanks!

  18. Thanks for all the nice feedback about this recipe and the url switch. I think Wanda's sweet potatoes sound good as well, just love sweet potatoes!