a sweet, sweet potato

Just in case you didn’t think dinner was going to be on the table in 45 minutes or less tonight…

Just in case you didn’t think it was possible to turn your humble sweet potato into a meal…

Just in case you wanted a comforting, non-fussy sort of meal…

You know. Just in case.

This recipe is for you.

Broccoli-Feta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes—as seen in Moosewood Cookbook and on this website

Serves 4

Salty feta cheese and sweet, sweet potatoes; what an irresistible combination.  This luxurious (but simple!) dinner carries with it a faint reminder of my mom’s famous broccoli pie that she serves every Christmas.

Serve this creamy dish with a fresh, crunchy side salad.  Save any leftovers for a quick and easy lunch the next day.  Enjoy! 😀

  • 4 medium-large sweet potatoes, with skins
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. Pierce sweet potatoes and rub with olive oil. Bake at 450 degrees until soft-about 45 minutes. Or microwave.
  2. In a large skillet on high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until most of the water has evaporated and the broccoli is tender, 8-10 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and set aside until the sweet potatoes are baked.
  3. When the sweet potatoes have baked, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp, leaving a shell at least 1/4 inch thick. Set the shells aside. Mash the pulp a bit and stir it into the broccoli mixture along with the feta cheese. If the stuffing has cooled, turn on the heat under the skillet and rewarm. Add water, if too crumbly.
  4. Fill the shells with the stuffing. Serve each half separately or push back together with stuffing showing between the two shells.  ENJOY!

QUESTION: How long does it usually take you to get dinner on the table on a week night? 30-45  minutes is average for me.  Unless I’m feeling lazy and decide to go the omelette route (i.e., 10 minutes. 😉 )


18 thoughts on “a sweet, sweet potato

  1. sweet potatoes…they never fail 😉 this looks delicious!
    on days i work, i usually have leftovers ready…but if not, i throw something together in about 15 minutes, usually! yes, i love cooking – but not when i get home from work at 5:30. i know that’s not very late, but otherwise i’m used to dinner at 5 😛

  2. Sweet. I just got my produce basket, never really know what to do with the sweet potatoes..not a HUGE fan…have substituted them in my butternut squash recipe…will definitely be trying this! Thanks!

  3. Mmmm, these look SO delicious!! This recipe will definitely be going in my list of ones to try soon! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I try to get supper done in about 40-45 minutes, but some meals take longer … if I froze left-overs of course, then 10 minutes max?! 😉

  4. This is great too because you could use any potatoes that you have on hand. I think sweet potatoes would be best, but pretty much any would work as long as they are big enough.

  5. I’m not a big potato fan unless you put a sweet potato in front of me. They are just like candy with nothing on them.
    The sweet potato is my go to carb snack a day before a big race. Love them AND that meal you made out of one is fantastic.

  6. I try to only spend 30 minutes in the kitchen, especially since I normally don’t get home until late. This recipe is definitely going to be a must-try!!

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