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Apple & Pecan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We first made this side dish for a beef cook-off my sister-in-law entered—our beef didn’t win, but we won best sides! —Jennifer Kuehn, Avon, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Scrub potatoes; pierce several times with a fork. Place on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
  • When cool enough to handle, cut off a thin slice from the top of each potato; discard. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. thick shells; transfer to a large bowl. Mash pulp with butter, adding brown sugar and orange zest. Fold in apple and pecans.
  • Spoon into potato shells. Return to baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed sweet potato: 408 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 7g fiber), 4g protein.

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