Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Jalapeno and a Streusel Topping

Yields 4-6

Prep Time 20 min

Cook Time 90 min

Total Time 1 hr 50 mins

A spiced up version of a time honored favorite; perfect as a holiday side dish.

Ingredients

    For the Sweet Potatoes

    • 2 large sweet potatoes or yams
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 Tbsp butter
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 jalapeno, chopped into fine dice
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 4 Tbsp half and half
    • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
    • Salt

    For the Streusel Topping

    • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, slightly softened
    • 1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder (or cayenne but the chipotle adds such a great smokiness)
    • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

    Directions

      To Prepare the Sweet Potatoes:

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub sweet potatoes with vegetable oil and pierce all over with a fork. Wrap in foil and place in preheated oven..
      2. Bake until tender when pierced with a fork; 55-60 minutes.Remove from the oven and allow to cool until they can be handled.
      3. Meanwhile, put butter and olive oil in skillet and heat until butter is melted. Add diced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the diced jalapeno and garlic and saute for 3-4 additional minutes on medium low heat until the onions start to turn golden.
      4. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Gently scoop out the flesh and add to the onion and jalapeno mixture in the skillet.
      5. Add the maple syrup, half and half, beaten egg and salt.
      6. Using a wire whisk, whisk until the potatoes are smooth.
      7. Divide the mixture evenly between 2-4 buttered serving dishes depending on volume.

      To Make the Streusel Topping:

      1. Add all ingredients except nuts to processor and blend til smooth, Add nuts and pulse just to mix.
      2. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the sweet potatoes in the dish; bake until topping starts to brown and mixture is bubbling, 15-20 minutes.
      3. Serve in the dish or scoop onto plates for smaller servings.
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