Loaded Sweet Potatos

By | December 31, 2016

Sweet potatoes are something I only discovered a few years ago. I don’t even remember them existing when I was a kid! I wish I’d known about them much sooner, they are wonderful. Full of vitamin C, and unlike white potatoes, count as one of your 5 a day. For ages, I just had them as wedges. Then I started having them as I would a normal potato. Sometimes the idea seems a bit odd, like I’m not at all sure about a baked sweet potato with tuna mayo. But this swap works really well. I used 2 massive sweet potatoes, so if yours are smaller, either use 3 or 4, or less of the rest.

You will need:loaded sweet potato ingredients

  • 2 Large sweet potatoes
  • 50g Butter
  • 12 Rashers streaky Smokey bacon
  • 1 leek
  • 100g Double Gloucester Cheese
  • Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Prick the potatoes several times with a fork, then rub with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Adjust the time depending on the size of the potatoes.

Towards the end of the hour, chop the bacon and leek roughly. Fry in a little oil for a few minutes, until the bacon is starting to brown and the leek is nice and soft. Set to one side.bacon and leek

Once cooked, cut the potatoes in half, and scoop the middle out into a large mixing bowl. Sweet potato skins don’t crisp as well as white potatoes, so if you want them to hold their shape, leave a little potato in the skin instead of trying to scoop out as much as you can. Add the butter, and mash together. Add the bacon and leek and stir it all together well.

loaded sweet potato mixture

Place your skins on to a large baking tray, and spoon in the potato mixture. Top each one with a slice or 2 of cheese, then place under the grill for a few minutes. Until the cheese is bubbling.

Loaded Sweet Potatos

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

serves 2

Loaded Sweet Potatos


  • • 2 Large sweet potatoes
  • • 50g Butter
  • • 12 Rashers streaky Smokey bacon
  • • 1 leek
  • • 100g Double Gloucester Cheese
  • • Olive oil


  1. Prick Potatoes with a fork, and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 1 hour
  2. Chop bacon and leeks, fry in a little olive oil until leeks have softened and bacon is starting to brown. Set to one side.
  3. Scoop out potato flesh into a large mixing bowl. Add butter, bacon and leeks, mash together well.
  4. Spoon potato mixture back into skins
  5. Grate, or slice cheese on the the top
  6. Grill for 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling
  7. Serve with sour cream
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