Sizzling Sweet Potato Skins

by zesty on March 3, 2009 · 41 comments

As this week is catering week, another recipe that I served was super simple yet dazzling sweet potatoes.  Instead of the traditional potato skin I thought I would attempt a slight twist to kick it up a notch.  I used flavorful sweet potatoes which were baked twice, drizzled with sour cream and crumbled bacon.  Sound alright?  They were quite delicious.

Getting back to the tips from yesterday’s post with regards to catering, I prepared the sweet potatoes the day before by baking them.  I then made the filling and stuffing for the big day.  This was really simple as you will see further down in the steps below.  This offers the guests something a little different with a bit of color.  I am one of those people – “If it looks great, I am all over it”


Check out the ingredients and instructions for these Sizzling Sweet Potato Skins.


  • 4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Low fat Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 4 Slices Bacon (Fried and crumbled)
  • 3 Green Onions (Chopped for Garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400, place sweet potatoes on a sheet and rub with olive oil and salt and pepper and bake for 45 minutes.
  2. Half sweet potatoes length wise and scoop out most of the flesh into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mash until smooth; add buttermilk, nutmeg and paprika.
  4. Stuff sweet potatoes will filling.
  5. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake until lightly brown around the edges at 400 degrees (about 15-20 minutes).
  6. Garnish with bacon, sour cream and green onion.
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When baking the sweet potatoes the first time, it is a good idea to keep them somewhat firm and not over cook them.  They will soften up the second time around as well as with the butter milk.

Stay tuned for another catering dish coming up tomorrow…. Have a great day!

Take care


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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

How is it that in all these years, I’ve NEVER thought of sweet potato skins?! AMAZING!


2 Kath



3 VeggieGirl

SWEET POTATOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4 Meg

I love this! Great picture!


5 Jessie

great healthier alternative to the regular potato skins!


6 CajunChefRyan

I love sweet potatoes and these really look great!


7 cathy

I LOVE this idea! We’ll definitely be trying this!


8 brandi

mmm…now i need more sweet potatoes! i have everything else at home :)


9 Yasmin

Wow! I love sweet potatoes and am definitely going to try this.


10 Maggie

We love baked sweet potatoes but most of the time we don’t bother eating the skins. The paprika and nutmeg sound like great flavors for this.


11 ttfn300

love the idea of sweet potato skins!! i’ve been meaning to try a recipe with brie and pom…


12 Shelby

This is the most genius idea ever!!! I used to love potato skins but now that I’m a sweet potato convert, I’m going to have to try this one out!


13 dawn

those sound fabulous! Oh how I would love those with dinner tonight.


14 Marianne

Great twist on the traditional sweet potato. They look really fantastic.


15 Lynda

I love sweet potatoes! This is a great, tasty looking idea!


16 Kristie

LOVE the new look! It’s got such “Zest”! Very impressed.
And I can’t wait to give these potato skins a try, they look AMAZING.


17 Hangry Pants

Yeah they definitely sound alright!!!!


18 sara

Yum, these potato skins look SO good–I adore regular potato skins, and using sweet potatoes just sounds amazing!


19 Dana Zia

OMG! My tummy is rumbling away, it wants these NOW! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks
Dana Zia


20 Tracy

Oh how I love sweet potatoes. The nutmeg must be so good with it.


21 bobbi

I will have to try and make these for sure! LOVE the new look!


22 Lauren

This is a phenomenally genius idea! I adore sweet potatoes, and this is a healthier way to enjoy “loaded” potato skins- something I used to love as a kid. Thanks for the idea!


23 ZestyCook

Thanks everyone! The nutmeg did add a really nice twist.


24 Natasha

I made these yesterday (without the bacon); could eat this all day! I wanted to pass on an award to you. Check it out at Healthy and Gourmet.


25 Culinary Cory

You can’t go wrong with bacon and sweet potatoes. Love the sweet and salty combo.


26 Sarah (lovINmytummy)

What a great idea! Mmm…a sweet version with candied pecan crumbles and Greek yogurt might be good too!


27 StreamingGourmet (Amy Wilson)

This looks to-die-for! You’ve done it again, Zesty.


28 Soma

Wonderful recipe, one of the best ways to have sweet potatoes! Could snack on it all day long.


29 Olga

Those look so amazing! And sweet potatoes are totally healthy, right?


30 Kevin

Those sweet potato skins look and sound great!


31 teeni

Those look fabulous! It’s wonderful to have recipes like this that you can at least partially make ahead for catering. I’m jealous of the lucky people that got to eat your food. :)


32 Beverly

Never thought about making sweet potato skins! They look delicious!


33 Angela@spinachtiger

A fun and lovely idea. Great ingredients and picture too. I love sweet potatoes when left along as much as possible.


34 Susan G.

These look amazing, and you might delete this comment, but I found this exact recipe on the Martha Stewart website with an earlier publishing date than your post. It’s important to give credit where credit is due.


35 ZestyCook

@ Susan – I never delete comments and nor was I aware that this recipe was from Martha Stewart. A friend of mine actually grew up with this recipe and passed it on for me too try. Hope this clarifies things.



36 Teresa

Going to try and substitute coconut milk for buttermilk.


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