It’s official: I’m an egg freak.

Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs I

Also, I’d like to some way petition that Cinco de Mayo always be on a Saturday. Like forever. Because today is… rough.

Doesn’t everything get better with an egg though? Yesterday I had some nachos with an egg. And the spiciest chorizo ever that caused me to suck down margaritas like they were ice water. Hence the whole wishing it was Sunday thing.

I also have been envisioning these crispy, crunchy potato wedges with a fried egg on top. It might be dinner tonight. So yes, potatoes + egg. Clearly my mind is all over the place today.

Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs I

It may sound boring at first, but one of my favorite go-to meals is a potato (any potato) stuffed with whatever I have on hand. Even though it’s not necessarily a super quick meal – why does baking that potato take eons? – it’s so simple because after that thing goes in the oven, you can do whatever you want. Like eat a few thousand handfuls of cereal out of the box since you’re probably starving.

I’m a closeted cereal handful eater.

Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs I

In my younger days, back when I was nuts over potatoes and seriously anything made with that one ingredient ended up being my favorite meal for weeks, I went through a huge stuffed potato phase. It must have been around the time when Wendy’s was marketing those bacon cheddar and broccoli cheddar stuffed potatoes because even though we didn’t get to eat fast food very often, I certainly remember having my fair share of those. And definitely not ones that included broccoli.

I haven’t strayed much either, considering I’ve recently stuffed potatoes with roasted grapes, goat cheese and honey – then later, apples and bacon and sage. Oh and BBQ chicken. But nothing beats the egg on top. I just find meals like this so incredibly easy with endless possibilities. Which I need since I get a tiny bit bored (read: have the attention span of a toddler) with my dinners. Oh and my current infatuation with arugula makes this the healthier meal ever. Yes yes. Eat up.

Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs I


Black Bean, Arugula + Poached Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: makes 4 potatoes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


4 medium sweet potatoes
1 cup black beans
4 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
2 cups fresh arugula
1 teaspoon olive oil
half a lemon, juiced
4 eggs, cooked as desired
salt + pepper


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Poke sweet potatoes with a fork and then place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 30-40 minutes more. Remove and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Carefully slice down the center of the potato, pushing the skin open. Stuff each potato with an ounce of fontina, then top equally with black beans. At this time you can pop it back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Season arugula with olive oil and lemon juice, then add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add it on top of the black beans, then add your cooked eggs on top of the arugula. If desired, you can cook the eggs when the sweet potatoes have a few minutes left so they are all ready to go.

I follow smitten kitchen's steps for poaching eggs.

Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs I

I need to place on egg on top of my life.

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142 Responses to “Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula + Poached Eggs.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 6, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    These are the most perfect poached eggs ever! You have such a way with eggs, seriously!

    And the bars in my neighborhood were PACKED on Sunday night and I was thinking that Monday was going to be rough for some people!


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 6, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    You always make eggs look so freakin’ good!! I totally feel ya on the wishing it was Sunday thing. I had a race yesterday and am in no way feeling ready to tackle going to work today. I think stuffing sweet potatoes sounds like a much better idea!


  3. #
    Cara's Healthy Cravings — May 6, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    This recipe was made for me!
    Eggs and sweet potatoes, my two favorite things.


    • Cara's Healthy Cravings — May 6th, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

      p.s. I am making this tonight, so thanks for the inspiration.
      My potatoes are in the oven!


  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 6, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    This recipe makes me cry with happiness!


  5. #
    Tieghan — May 6, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Eggs make everything better. Especially potatoes. I am thinking I need to make those spicy bacon cheese fries I made a few weeks ago again, but with and egg this time!

    This is like the perfect sweet potato! The cheese, egg (which looks freaking perfect!), I want one for breakfast.

    Is that weird? Whatever, I dont care. It looks good!


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 6, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Dam Girl, you know how to do up a potato! I love it!!


  7. #
    Lisa (@unitedcakedom) — May 6, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I love eggs, but always struggle to get them right! If I want hard boiled they are soft and if I want soft they are hard! I just need to do what I do for the other, but I can never get it right! The fact that I absolutely love sweet potatoes as well makes me think I’m going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!!


  8. #
    Brittany — May 6, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    This looks delicious!! I still haven’t perfected making poached eggs, but maybe this recipe will convince me to practice.


  9. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — May 6, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Making something more delicious? Just put a egg on it! These are such a perfect brunch choice.


  10. #
    Tatiana — May 6, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    anything with arugula= good. anything with sweet potato= good. (almost) anything with egg= good… therefore this must be amazing! thanks for sharing :)


  11. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — May 6, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Mmm this looks so declious. I’d leave the egg off – only because I’m weird and only like drippy eggs if they are on top of toast. Otherwise I like them over hard. BUT the dish looks beautiful with the egg on top and I love the bean, sweet potato, cheese combo!


  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 6, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    I’m such a fan of stuff with an egg on top! Yum!


  13. #
    Tracy — May 6, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Loving arugula right now too…why was I not eating more of the stuff before now?


  14. #
    Monica — May 6, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Boy, would I love to have this for lunch today! It has all the components I love. Beautiful! : )


  15. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — May 6, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    these sound amazing!!!


  16. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 6, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Screw dinner, I want this for breakfast! Looks sinfully goooood.


  17. #
    natalie bradshaw — May 6, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I have serious food envy, running to the shops for ingredients now!


  18. #
    Michaela — May 6, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I make something similar for dinner at least once a week – especially when we start getting potatoes in our CSA. I usually bake the egg in the potato – then it’s even quicker!


  19. #
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — May 6, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Potatoes are the best thing ever. When I worked for Disney I would make a baked potato in the microwave almost every night when I got home from work because they’re so easy and I didn’t have the energy for anything else! But stuffing them. And adding an egg. OMG I dont’ think they can get any better than that!


  20. #
    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — May 6, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    I love that you mentioned Wendy’s potatoes.. I forgot they had baked potatoes! Anyways, I looooooooove poached eggs and sweet potatoes – obvi. Great combo.


  21. #
    Nicole @ Liberty Belles — May 6, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    making these tomorrow. wish me luck on poaching my first egg :)


  22. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — May 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    You’re the egg whisperer.


  23. #
    Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness — May 6, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    LOVE THIS! The different flavors/textures look fun, p-l-u-s these are all items I almost always have in my kitchen :) And would you believe I’d never tried a poached egg until this past January?! Only took 25 years to get over the runny yoke hesitation. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out on…


  24. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — May 6, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Not a huge stuffed potato fan, but I think it’s just because I don’t eat them that much. This looks delicious!! And I love the sound of a bbq chicken one. Need to go look at that one now!


  25. #
    Rayna — May 6, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    This just looks too delicious. There is nothing here that I don’t love. Cheese, beans sweet potato, eggs… Can you bring some to me?


  26. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 6, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Great dinner idea!! I’ve been eating sweet potatoes constantly lately (new development), but have yet to top an egg on top. Must do!


  27. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — May 6, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    That poached egg looks perfect!


  28. #
    Leila — May 6, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    OMG. I drooled before I even scrolled down to see what this was. Why are runny poached eggs SOOOO heavenly??


  29. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 6, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    EVERYTHING is better with an egg on top, and I always prefer poached to fried as a topper. Such a yummy dish!


  30. #
    Not Only Sugar — May 6, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I love your potatoes…
    Not Only Sugar


  31. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — May 6, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever poached an egg, which is ridiculous considering how much I’m in the kitchen. This looks so delicious…it’s the inspiration I need to poach a freaking egg already.


  32. #
    Jenni — May 6, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I learned how to properly poach an egg during my short stint at culinary school, and I don’t think I’ve poached one since. Runny yolk on a sweet potato sounds incredible.


  33. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — May 6, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    For me this is a “take everything you love and pile it on top of each other recipe”. They always come out the best.


  34. #
    Larry — May 6, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Poached eggs are one of those things that never look appetizing… but are smash-your-face-against-the-table DELISH.
    Ugh, I want this for breakfast. With a side of bacon.


  35. #
    Natalie — May 6, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Girl, I am feeling you on the egg + sweet potato + black bean combo. I’ve been eating a modified version of huevos rancheros at least once a week that includes those three ingredients, plus roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach and the most amazing green salsa.


  36. #
    Joe — May 6, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    This is an excellent idea. I never really thought to stuff a sweet potato. I’m always trying to figure out what to do with them that’s new and now I know. Definitely gonna try this.


  37. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 6, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    What an interesting combo of ingredients!?! So different…I love it! Yum!


  38. #
    Maria Tadic — May 6, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    This looks so good. I love poached eggs and potatoes! I definitely want to try this – just with a regular potato. Can’t do sweet potatoes!


  39. #
    Laurie E. — May 6, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    I’m so drooling right now.


  40. #
    the baking cup - carolina — May 6, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    love the sweet potato and black bean combination (sweet and salty). I need to try this awesome recipe :)


  41. #
    Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal — May 6, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m also an egg addict and seem to crave something eggy every day! One of my favorite meals (a.k.a. I eat it at least twice per week) is an egg sandwich topped with cheddar, cinnamon, jelly, raisins and apple slices. Weird but completely delicious in a savory-but-sweet way.

    Here’s the recipe link if you want to try it :)


  42. #
    Michelle — May 6, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    That egg! It looks so good!


  43. #
    ami@naivecookcooks — May 7, 2013 @ 1:38 am

    looks delicious!!


  44. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 7, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Anything with sweet potato and I’m in. Yummmmmmmy!


  45. #
    Sarah — May 7, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    “I need to place on egg on top of my life.”

    Love it! Haha! Your posts are so witty!!! I am so glad I found your blog :)


  46. #
    Barb | Creative Culinary — May 7, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    If you come to Denver for Cinco de Mayo, you can enjoy a whole weekend of festivities; one day is simply not enough!

    Your egg? Perfect. Your egg on top of a sweet potato? Perfection.


  47. #
    Christy@SweetandSavoring — May 7, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Wow, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t believe I only recently discovered your blog :) And what’s better than cheesy black beans and eggs?


  48. #
    Emily @ — May 7, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    One of my very favorite dishes ever is fried potatoes topped with an egg cooked over easy…I won’t call it breakfast because I’m equally likely to eat it at any time of day! This, though, looks fantastic…adding sweet potatoes to the ol’ grocery list now!


  49. #
    Colette @ JFF! — May 7, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    My poached eggs never look this sexy!


  50. #
    Molly @Bakelette — May 7, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    I am so happy that you made these! Great combination! Must make soon!



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