Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Apple

Nate and I went upstate last weekend with a couple of our friends to Poet’s Walk Park…where Nate and I were exactly one year ago when Nate proposed.

Nate wanted to go back to shoot a couple things for the wedding video (which is now officially done, and completely awesome!!!) and we needed the help of our friends to do this. We also wanted to take a few pics at the proposal location since we completely forgot to snap a pic of it when it was actually happening. Oops :)

The bridge where Nate proposed…one year later!

This park is fairly small but it has gorgeous views.

It was a two hour drive north of the city, so we thought we’d take advantage and stop at Fishkille Farms on the way home to do a little apple picking! Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, was coming up and apples are traditional to eat (with honey) for a “sweet” New Year.

Nate and bridesmaid, Kim, showing their apple excitement!

We picked a ton! I wanted to make sure we got enough for eating plain and for cooking, although i didn’t have anything specific in mind yet.

We also got some hot cider for me (cold for Nate) and some fresh cider donuts. YUM!

I knew I wanted to make a recipe to use apples. On Rosh Hashannah, since all my family and jewish friends were travelling, I decided to just make a nice dinner for the two of us.

I roasted up a chicken and set off the fire alarm. The recipe had me cooking it at 450° with just the chicken in the pan, nothing under it. After it completely smoked out our apt, I looked up what to do and someone suggested putting a layer of potatoes under the chicken and roasting it at 425°. Luckily I had one lone potato sitting on the counter so i sliced it up and put it under the chicken and shoved it back in the oven.

Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Apple

Success! Well kinda. It stopped the chicken from smoking, but when I checked the temperature of the chicken after the allotted time, it was at the correct temp. I took it out of the oven and the breast was perfectly cooked, but other parts were still raw! Ugh, I’m never cooking a chicken again. I’d rather just buy a rotisserie one from the market.

Anyway, I wanted some nice side dishes to go with dinner and since I had some freshly picked apples to use, I pulled out this apple cookbook that I got last year that hasn’t ever gotten used, and found a really tasty recipe for The Best Twice-Baked Potatoes.

Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Apple

They were really good. I think I was expecting them to be more sweet with the apples and the sweet potato, but they were definitely more on the savory side, but still delicious! I highly recommend these as a side dish for your next holiday meal…or even just an every day dinner :)

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apple

Very slightly adapted from The Comfort of Apples Cookbook

Print this recipe!

Serves 6-8

1/4 cup olive oil
4 medium yams (about 3 pounds total)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups light cream
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh thyme
3 cups peeled and diced apples (1/4 inch dice)
3/4 cup bread in small chunks
3/4 cup parmesan in 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup parsley

Preheat oven to 400.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spread with olive oil. Roll the yams in the oil to coat and season well with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, about 1 hour, and remove from oven. **Alternatively, pierce potatoes several times with the tip of a knife, wrap in paper towels and microwave until soft.

Bring the cream to a simmer over medium-high heat in a small saucepan, and whisk in the butter. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic, thyme, and apples, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until apples are tender, 8-10 min.

Slice each yam in half and scoop out the hot insides into a medium bowl. Fold in the hot cream mixture. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells.

Place the bread, parmesan, and parsley in a food processor and pulse until fine. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the potatoes, return to oven, and bake until yams are lightly browned and crisp, about 1/2 hour.

16 Comments

  1. That’s a very beautiful spot where Nate proposed. I would love to go apple picking. That would be a really fun day out. What dramas you had cooking that chicken. That does seem a really high heat to me. I don’t cook mine over 400F. Love the first of your apple dishes and am looking forward to hearing/seeing what you do with the rest of them xx

    • It is very pretty! Although on the day of the proposal it was extremely hot and mosquito-ridden.

      Hmm, maybe next time I’ll try it at 400. Thanks for the tip! One of these days I’ll get it right :)

  2. Oh, how romantic to go back to your proposal spot shortly before the wedding… looks like you had a gorgeous weekend too! Nothing better than an adventure in the great outdoors. Love this recipe Amy… what a great idea to combine apple and sweet potato…so many gorgeous, seasonal flavours going on here and since we are all potato addicts in this family ;-), I have no doubt it would be a huge hit over here!

  3. I really need to go apple picking ASAP! Those sweet potatoes sound majorly delicious. The perfect fall meal accompaniment.

    • Yes, you def should!! I don’t know how much longer the apples will be around. The sweet potatoes were sooo good, but super rich even with light cream…The original recipe called for heavy cream but I just couldn’t do it.

  4. You forgot to mention the part where you ran into the parking lot and almost got hit by a car trying to avoid the friendly bumble bees.

  5. I tried a Thomas Keller roasted chicken that friends raved about…just salt and into a hot oven. There was so much grease splattered inside the oven that it started to smoke, the smoke detector went off and the fire department came. Fun times! Never tried that again. I’ll stick to your fabulous twice baked sweet potatoes…they would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

    • Haha, glad to hear I’m not the only one that’s had the smoking chicken problem! I’m determined to find a fail-proof recipe and if I do I’ll be sure to let you know ;)

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  7. All those lovely fresh fruit and vegetables are so enviable! It’s one of the best bits of getting out of town I reckon, all the amazing produce. You two look adorable too.

    • Thanks! Yes, there’s nothing better than getting away from the city on a beautiful day and enjoying nature :) The apples were amazing!

  8. Don’t give up on cooking chicken although a rotisserie one is delicious. I know your big day is fast approaching and since I am traveling in Europe, just know that I wish the two of you all the happiness that two people can enjoy together. Your life will be beautiful…the best of luck if I don’t get a chance to tell you later. Enjoy your special life together.

    • Aw, thank you for your sweet note, Karen :)

      Haha, I will definitely try again…I’ll have to find a recipe that guarantees NO SMOKE!

  9. I love sweet potatoes – in fact I just had one for breakfast (with almond butter, so good). Twice baked sweet potatoes sound awesome!

    • Sweet potatoes are the best! I eat them for bfast with almond butter too!!! My fiance thinks I’m weird when I do though, hehe. Thanks :)

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