The one plus about being a private chef is that I sometimes have extra produce lying around for myself. It’s then that I need to turn on my creative gears and think of how to prepare them, preferably with minimal effort. My husband doesn’t love sweet potatoes as much as I do, so to make them more appetizing I decided to make turn them into twice baked sweet potatoes. We were having an Asian dinner so why not throw some miso in there? A little butter, coconut milk, miso and togarashi, and 45 minutes later, glorious twice baked miso sweet potatoes adorned our table. I wasn’t completely sure of how these would taste but oh man! Let’s just say there’s a reason I’m sharing this recipe with you!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Twice baked potatoes aren’t exactly the quickest method of cooking potatoes, but they require minimal effort. Roast the potato, mash the flesh, and pop them back in the oven for a quick second (okay more like 5 minutes). I’m not a huge fan of regular twice baked potatoes but this sweet potato version takes the cake for me.
If you’re short on time you can even microwave the sweet potatoes. Place them in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for about 5-8 minutes, depending on how large the potatoes are. Carefully remove them from the microwave and pierce with a fork to check if they are ready.
Cut the sweet potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving the skins intact. I like to cook extra sweet potatoes since the flesh is usually not enough to fill up the same number of potatoes. For example, roast 5 potatoes to fill up 4 sweet potatoes. Give them a good mash, adding the butter, coconut milk, and miso. Scoop the flesh back into the reserved skins and pop them back in the oven to give the tops a good crisp.
Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and sprinkle a healthy dose of togarashi. Get ready to be amazed people. I had 3 servings all to myself, they were so good. A heathier alternative to twice baked potatoes.
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