Confession time.

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes I

I just walked into the kitchen and ate a leftover fortune cookie for dinner. Like wrapped, still-sitting-on-the-counter-from-this-past-weekend fortune cookie. I have no idea how it made it to Monday unscathed, but it did and it was just my dinner. How pathetic. I mean, I don’t even really love fortune cookies and like most others, open them only to read something that I hope will predict my future and justify some sort of lazy behavior I’ve been participating in days prior. Oh, you mean my fortune says “great opportunity will come soon?” Sweet. I’m just going to sit here and do nothing and wait for my opportunity. Since it’s coming and all.

Unfortunately, my dinner… I mean, fortune, last night read something like “a friend will need your help soon.” What the what? Nobody wants that fortune. Especially right now.

It makes sense though, the whole fortune cookie for dinner thing, since I spent most of Monday eating my emotions in preparation for the rain and wind to tear down my house, and also to calm my fears of possibly not having internet or phone access for a period longer than five minutes because you know, THAT’s the most important thing in the world. It was one of those it’s-dinner-time-so-I-shall-eat dinners, even though I’ve mindlessly ate leftovers out of the fridge all day and don’t need to look at food anytime soon sort of things.

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes I

By the way, my emotions were delicious. Pretty sure they are chocolate-peanut butter flavored. If you cut me open, I probably bleed that. Or coconut.

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes I

Or obviously, bacon. Now the good news is that after my fortune cookie adventures, I did finish off about a quarter of one of these sweet potatoes that was leftover, because it’s not like I was going to be able to sleep since the wind was going to huff and puff and blow my house down and then all the monsters would come kidnap me. And while they may not really look like it (okay maybe they totally do), these are some severe comfort food. Which I desperately needed because of the monsters, but also after googling all the images of my beloved Jersey Shore being taken out by this mess of a storm. Ugh. Just stop.

In a totally copout, I copied these from my roasted grape stuffed sweet potatoes because I was dying to make a fall version or something similar with my favorite autumn flavors. They make a perfect meal when paired with a salad, but you could also serve them at Thanksgiving and do a makeshift twice-baked sweet potato dish and modify this a bit to serve it to guests. Or yourself. So you don’t eat fortune cookies for dinner. Help.

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes I


Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: serves 4 or 8, if you cut the potatoes in half

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: about 1.5 hours


4 large sweet potatoes, mostly fat and round
3 slices bacon, chopped
2 honey crisp apples, diced
3 tablespoons freshly chopped sage
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces goat cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork, then wrap each tightly in aluminum foil. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes and tender to the touch. Unwrap foil and cut a slit down the middle of each sweet potato. Let sit until cool enough to handle.

While potatoes are baking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy and fat is rendered, then remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Add apples to the skillet with nutmeg and sage, tossing to coat, then cook until soft and somewhat caramelized. Toss bacon back into the skillet and set aside until ready to stuff.

Once sweet potatoes are somewhat cool, cut a slit down the middle and gently remove the flesh with a spoon, trying to keep the potato intact. Add the sweet potato flesh to a large bowl, then mash with 3 ounces of goat cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired, then scoop flash back into the potato skins. At this point you can re-warm the potatoes (if you let them cool completely) in the oven, then top with remaining goat cheese. Spoon the apple bacon mixture evenly on top and serve!

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes I

Oh bacon. I just adore you.

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88 Responses to “Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.”

  1. #
    heather — October 30, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Most beautiful sweet potato I’ve ever seen! I can smell that bacon…


  2. #
    Danijela — October 30, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Yummy, yummy, yummy – i love bacon! I think this one will be on my menu pretty soon. :)


  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 30, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Having fortune cookies for dinner is ok!! I have done that from time to time! But your stuffed sweet potato looks amazing! I’d rather have that for dinner then cookies! I Love bacon and apple together! It’s an super delicious combination!!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 30, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Fortune cookies are great, but these look even better! Oh, and I’ve totally done that “I shall eat dinner because it’s dinner time” thing before too. It just feels weird not to!!


  5. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 30, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Hope the storm wasn’t too bad to you! These sweet potatoes look fantastic!


  6. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 30, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    a) These are killing me over and over.

    b) omg I just texted you. i hope you’re okay over there.

    c) text me back. <3


  7. #
    Rachel — October 30, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    Bacon + Carbs = Perfect comfort food!!


  8. #
    Heather@SugarDish(Me) — October 30, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I’ve saved 42,000 stuffed sweet potato recipes in the last two weeks, but these have BACON so I’m making these first. So glad the big bad wolf didn’t blow your house down!


  9. #
    Eddie — October 30, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Aren;t you supposed to read those fortune cookies as, “a friend will need your help soon…in bed?”


  10. #
    Rodzilla (@RodzillaReviews) — October 30, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    This may have dethroned peanut butter as the best sweet potato addition.

    Stay safe!


  11. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 30, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I can’t wait to make these amazeballs looking things!! Can’t get better than a stuffed potato.


  12. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — October 30, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I love your love of your cast iron, makes me think I should invest in one. I would be so fearful of losing cable and internet access too! Any time it rains here in Chicago, I plug in all my electronics to charge just in case the power goes out. Call me crazy.


  13. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 30, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    these look AWESOME!


  14. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — October 30, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    These would be an awesome post-workout meal! Carbs to fuel your muscles and bacon oh yeah!


  15. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — October 30, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I love sweet potatoes every which way, and with the addition of bacon, these cannot be anything short of amazing! Great idea for a Monday night dinner.


  16. #
    Ashley — October 30, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    This is one way I could definitely eat hot fruit! Yu-um.


  17. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 30, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    These look CRAZY good. Whereas ol’ Sandy? Just straight up crazy. Hope your family is all safe! DC didn’t get hit too badly, luckily.


  18. #
    deva at deva by definition — October 30, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Oh my. I never would have thought to combine hot apples with bacon. Now I have to try it. Yum!


  19. #
    Julie @ NaClKItchen — October 30, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Confession: I have this obsession of apples and bacon together. The sweet, the salty, the deliciousness. I cannot stop it. And this will only add to the obsession (don’t worry, I’m not complaining!).


  20. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 30, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Be safe out there, miss Jessica!

    Also, can I have several of these? They look AMAZINGOMG/


  21. #
    The Food Hound — October 30, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Um. Yum. I have a similar thing to try with sausage and leeks, but why not add bacon to the madness and make them PERFECT? Hope you still have internet and your frying pan isn’t floating down the street!


  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 30, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I love the chunky apples – bet they are perfect nestled in the sweet potato! And glad you’re safe. I have been thinking about everyone in that part of the country with the storm!!!


  23. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — October 30, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I’ve never had this particular combination, but I already know that I love it!

    Re: the Jersey Shore…agreed. My sister and my mom live up there and I’m horrified by all the pictures of that area being posted on facebook today. So sad.


  24. #
    Sues — October 30, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Best idea! I’m always whipping up stuffed sweet potatoes and definitely need to add this combo to my list!

    So comforting :)


  25. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 30, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    I love all the flavors you mash the filling with! This sounds delish.

    Stay safe! Hopefully you won’t have to go without power too long…or at all.


  26. #
    Jenna — October 30, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    What great flavors! This looks so satisfying!


  27. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 30, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Glad you’re safe! We got the effects of Sandy here in Rochester NY, but not too bad. It wasn’t nearly as bad as they said it would be. These look yummy!!!


  28. #
    Emily @ — October 30, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Wow-you are a magical genius!!! You made sweet potatoes even better!


  29. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — October 30, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    This sounds heavenly… it’s different, but it works! Now I have a MAJOR craving for apples, sweet potatoes, and bacon! Why, oh why did Hurricane Sandy have to close the roads and grocery stores…


  30. #
    Cassie — October 30, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    I am totally making these for Thanksgiving! So excited about this new combination. Also, we are in the burbs outside of Philly so I totally understand about the emotional eating:-) It was a LONG night for us! Hope your house is okay!


  31. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — October 30, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Pretty much had and am having the same panic attack you mentioned because of the hurricane. I’ve been without power since yesterday night (without Internet or tv since yesterday afternoon) and I am super over it. It was cute for the first hour, but now I want my normal entertainment back.

    Anyway, these look extra amazing and as soon as my oven and power are back on, I will be proceeding to make these. Hopefully that is within the next hour because I’m dying. Candles are super pretty though.


  32. #
    nicole i — October 30, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    those look so yummy…can’t wait to make them.


  33. #
    Ruby — October 30, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Super tempting looking sweet potatoes! Very FALL-ish! And I adore bacon too.


  34. #
    Jessica — October 30, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    You know how much I love a stuffed sweet potato! Oh, baby!!


  35. #
    Molly — October 30, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Yum!! I could seriously eat sweet potatoes every day and I always love new ideas to spice them up. Love the addition of goat cheese.


  36. #
    Eva — October 31, 2012 @ 3:27 am

    These potatoes look really delicious, must give them a try.


  37. #
    Jolene ( — October 31, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Those look incredible! I have all the ingredients on hand all the time, so I’ll be making these!


  38. #
    Alison H. — October 31, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Oh darlin’ these are special. See the thing is I’m on this “eating plan” (dontcha dare call it a diet), and sweet potatoes are safe, thank God. Sooo, I will be recreating your recipe and I will love it because Honeycrisps are my favorite and thank goodness that I work for a winery that also grows apples! Thanks Jessica, you’re the best!


  39. #
    becca — October 31, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Download the app called “emojicon” and you will have access to all the wonderful emoticons you can possible put into a text message!


  40. #
    Jennie B — October 31, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    Looks absolutely AMAZING!!


  41. #
    dervla @ The Curator — November 1, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    are you serious? Just when i think your recipes can’t get any better, they do!! Insane!


  42. #
    Jenn — November 5, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    THESE LOOK AMAZING! Except for the goat cheese – that’s not my fav. What would you recommend as a suitable sub?


    • Tarah — November 12th, 2012 @ 9:16 am

      I agree about the goat cheese. I really want to make these for thanksgiving, i’m invited to a friends place and I wanted to mix it up. But goat cheese is not her favorite.


  43. #
    ali — November 6, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    omgosh this looks delicious. so going to make these for thanksgiving. they’d go perfectly with our maple bacon brussels sprouts! :) a baconfilled thanksgiving.. that is what i’m thankful for!


  44. #
    CJ @ Morsels of Life — November 7, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    These stuffed sweet potatoes look like some tasty eats! I just got some sweet potatoes, and these will def need to be made soon. :)


  45. #
    Nicole — November 12, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Made these tonight for dinner along with chicken saltimbocca. They were so good! Thanks for a recipe worth keeping!


  46. #
    Vince — November 15, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    Just tried this one out & LOVED IT. Packed with fall flavor & fragrance. Great post, thanks!


  47. #
    Kathy Glass — December 10, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    This is the first time I have every liked sweet potatoes. I made mine like mashed potatoes and put all the ingredients IN the potatoes. GREAT!


  48. #
    Jackie W — April 11, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I know this recipe was posted a while ago…but…AMAZING! Although it is tempting to just consume the bacon and apple pieces while waiting for the potatoes to cool.


  49. #
    Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite — October 9, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I am OBSESSED with sweet potatoes. And bacon. I always use my sweet potatoes with Mexican seasonings though so I’ll have to try this to mix things up. They look amazingly delicious!!


  50. #
    Ashley — January 6, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    These were so good! I’m nursing a baby who has a milk protein allergy, so I had to leave off the cheese…but they were still amazing! Definitely adding these to the rotation!



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