Vacation Stuffed Candy Potato – with bacon, pecans & sage

Stuffed candy potato with vacation vibes! Baked candy potatoes full of crispy bacon, toasty pecans and swirls of browned butter, with melty cheese and a crunchy sage-panko topping. A swoon-worthy mixture of flavours and texture.

Freshly baked Holiday stuffed sweet potatoes

Stuffed Baked Candy Potato Casserole

It is a riff on my candy potato casserole, baked in particular person candy potato boats relatively than one massive casserole pan. The scooped out flesh of baked candy potatoes are mashed with all types of holiday-flavour-goodness (particularly browned butter, pecans and bacon, an completely divine mixture with candy potato), stuffed again into the potato boats, baked with melty cheese then completed with a bathe of crunchy sage-bacon-flavoured-panko breadcrumbs.

PHEW that’s a protracted sentence!!!

No, it’s not a fast Monday-night aspect dish slapped collectively in a rush. It is a starchy aspect that instructions consideration, that’s indulgent and luxurious and made for particular events. The flavour mixture of sweet-salty-nutty-buttery and the crunchy topping with the creamy insides is simply unbelievably good.

Bonus: Assemble forward then bake on the day!

Inside of Holiday stuffed sweet potatoes


Candy potatoes

I’m utilizing 300g/10oz candy potatoes which, as soon as halved, makes a pleasant measurement portion as a aspect dish for one particular person, In case your potatoes are bigger or smaller, that’s nice. There’s sufficient topping / filling for round 1.2kg / 2.4lb candy potato, whether or not it’s 6 smaller ones or 3 bigger ones.

This recipe will even work with common potatoes. However the flavour mixture right here has been particularly designed for candy potatoes. Strive my common Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes as an alternative – although there’s nothing common about how scrumptious that recipe is!!

Add-ins and crunchy sage-panko topping

Right here’s what you should combine into the filling and for the crunchy topping.

  • Unsalted butter – We’re utilizing this to make browned butter as we speak. Extra intensely buttery with heat nutty flavours. The higher butter!

  • Bacon – Chopped then fried up till crispy and golden, we use the fats to pan fry the panko till golden. No losing free flavour!

  • Colby cheese – That is my all-rounder go-to cheese with good melting qualities and flavour with out going greasy. Be at liberty to substitute with different cheese of alternative – cheddar, tasty, Monterey jack, gruyere, swiss cheese. If utilizing mozzarella, I’d combine in 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese for a flavour / salt enhance.

  • Spices – Garlic, onion powder and paprika.

  • Panko breadcrumbs – For the toppings! Bigger and crunchier than unusual breadcrumbs, discover it within the Asian aisle of standard grocery shops (although cheaper at Asian shops!).

  • Contemporary sage – That is my herb of alternative for this holiday-inspired aspect dish. The earthy flavour is sheer perfection with the buttery candy potato. In the event you’re cooking for a special day, I feel it’s value getting. However when you don’t have it, you’ll be able to substitute with rosemary for one more herb that may work properly with the opposite flavours on this dish. In any other case, simply use parsley so that you get related inexperienced specks (don’t fear, there’s loads of different flavour occurring on this dish!).

Learn how to make Stuffed Candy Potato Casserole

In a nutshell, the flesh of baked potatoes are mashed up with the tasty add ins, re-stuffed again into the potato then baked with cheese and a crunchy topping.

  1. Bake – Prick the pores and skin with a fork to permit extra juice to leak out (this prevents pores and skin burstage). Then bake the potatoes in a 200°C / 400°F (180°C fan pressured) oven for 75 minutes or till gentle. Examine with a butter knife, not a pointy knife (too sharp so it glides by even when not correctly cooked, made this error!).

  2. Scoop – Let it cool for 10 minutes simply so you’ll be able to deal with it. Then reduce in half and scoop the flesh out, utilizing a tea towel to carry the potato if wanted.

  1. Filling – Mash the flesh up with all of the filling add-ins (see beneath for steps for every) – the browned butter, crispy bacon bits, chopped pecans, spices and cheese. Reserve half the bacon, pecans and cheese for topping.

  2. Stuff the potato with the filling then prime with the remaining cheese,

  1. Bake for 25 minutes till the cheese is melty and there’s golden spots.

  2. Prime with the reserved bacon, pecans and golden panko combination (see beneath). Bake for an extra 3 to 4 minutes simply to heat the crunchy topping then serve!

Tray of Holiday stuffed sweet potatoes

Add-ins and panko topping

Put together the panko topping and add-ins to combine into the filling whereas the potatoes are baking.

  1. Browned butter – Simply soften then simmer the butter till you see golden bits and it smells nutty and intensely buttery. Ideally, use a silver saucepan or small pan so you’ll be able to see the golden bits. In any other case, use a spoon to scoop up the butter to verify.

  2. Toast pecans – Utilizing a non-stick pan, toast the pecans for 3 minutes in a dry pan till it you see golden spots. Then switch to a slicing board and chop as soon as cool,

  1. Crispy bacon – In the identical pan, fry the bacon till crispy and golden. If utilizing streaky bacon, you gained’t want further oil as a result of the fats within the bacon will soften. Then take away the bacon utilizing a slotted spoon so the fats within the pan will get left behind – we’re not losing a drop of it!

  2. Crunchy panko – Add the panko, sage and salt. Then prepare dinner for a couple of minutes within the bacon fats till the panko is golden.

Toppings, accomplished! Use as per instructions within the part above.

Close up photo of Holiday stuffed sweet potatoes

Serving and making forward

We (JB and I) created this recipe with upcoming vacation gatherings in thoughts. As in, a starchy aspect dish meant to make an influence in your company for these further particular dinners.

Does it take extra effort than an everyday baked potato? It certain does. Does it take extra effort than making one massive pan of Candy Potato Casserole? Sure, as a result of we’re assembling a number of ones relatively than dumping all the pieces into one massive pan.

Is it definitely worth the effort? Sure, 1,000,000 occasions over. As somebody in my staff mentioned, you are feeling unhappy if you end the final chew since you by no means need the consuming expertise to finish.

However don’t fear. Steal the final one left for your self. Cover it. No have to share! #HolidaySpirit 😈 – Nagi x

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Freshly baked Holiday stuffed sweet potatoes

Stuffed candy potato casserole

Servings8 halves

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Recipe video above. Stuffed candy potato made for vacation feasting! Twice baked candy potatoes full of crispy bacon, toasty pecans and swirls of browned butter with melty cheese, and a crunchy sage-panko topping. A swoon-worthy mixture of flavours and texture!Glorious big day starchy-side dish with vacation flavour vibes. Get forward by assembling then baking on the day!


  • Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F (180°C fan pressured).

  • Bake – Prick the pores and skin of the potatoes 15 occasions with a fork. Place on a foil lined baking tray and bake for 75 minutes or till gentle during (verify with a butter knife).

  • Scoop – As soon as potatoes cooked, enable to chill for 10 minutes simply to deal with. Minimize in half lengthwise then scoop out the flesh, leaving a 0.5cm (0.2″) wall (use a tea towel if scorching). Place flesh in a bowl.

  • Stuffing (*see beneath for prepping elements*)- Mash the potatoes with a fork. Then add the browned butter, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder and paprika. The add half of every the pecans, bacon and cheese (relaxation reserved for toppings). Stir till mixed.

  • Stuff – Place halved candy potato again on a paper lined baking tray and stuff them equally with filling. Sprinkle with leftover cheese and bake for 25 minutes till cheese is melted.

  • Crunchy topping – Prime with reserved pecans, bacon and panko combination. Bake for one more 3 to 4 minutes

  • Relaxation for five minutes then serve!

Stuffing & topping elements

  • Put together these whereas the potatoes are baking.

  • Browned butter – Soften the butter in a small silver pan or saucepan over medium warmth. Depart to simmer on medium warmth for 3 to five minutes, stirring now and again, till (if you push foam apart) you see little golden-brown bits and it smells nutty. Instantly pour right into a small bowl (together with the golden bits) and put aside.

  • Toast pecans – Warmth a non-stick pan over medium excessive warmth. Add pecans and toast for two to three minutes till they’ve golden spots. Switch to slicing board, cool then finely chop.

  • Crispy bacon – Add bacon into the identical pan over medium warmth. When the fats begins to soften, flip the warmth as much as medium excessive and prepare dinner till golden (4 to five minutes). Scoop out bacon with a slotted spoon and place right into a small bowl. Depart leftover fats within the pan.

  • Golden panko – Nonetheless on medium excessive, add the Panko topping components. Stir till golden, round 2 minutes, then scrape right into a bowl.

Recipe Notes:

1. Candy potato – In case your potatoes are bigger or smaller, that’s nice. There’s sufficient topping / filling for round 1.2kg / 2.4lb candy potato.
2. Nuts – sub almonds, walnuts, macadamia or different of alternative.
3. Cheese alternate options – sub cheddar, tasty, gruyere, Monterey jack, gruyere, swiss cheese. If utilizing mozzarella, I’d combine in 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese for a flavour / salt enhance.
4. Sage works so properly with the flavours on this dish (contemporary, not dried). Rosemary is my again up herb right here. Fallback – simply use parsley for the inexperienced specks within the topping!
5. Assemble forward – The potatoes could be cooked and stuffed, then baked the subsequent day. Leftovers will preserve for 4 days although there’s nothing like freshly baked!
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