As I mentioned in my post for Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Bars, I really love sweet potatoes, but I think that sweet potato dishes often fall into the sweet/dessert sector. Not these. These twice-baked sweet potatoes have just a hint of sweetness, but they are most definitely savory. And that's definitely a good thing - sage, brown butter, and gruyere. mmmmm. I know you probably already have your Thanksgiving menu planned out, but if you are still looking for a side dish to replace sweet potato casserole, this would be a great choice. Especially if you are planning dinner for just a few people - you don't have to make a huge casserole, and everyone gets their own individual portion.
These potatoes were kind of an experiment, but they were so delicious. I made these for lunch one day thinking that I'd eat one half potato that day, and save the other one for the next day. Well, I ended up eating both. Oink oink!
I loved the combination of the crunchy breadcrumb topping with the creamy potatoes, the savory sage and breadcrumbs mixed with the sweetness of the filling, and the richness from the Gruyere. Everything is better with Gruyere, right?
This is a great side dish to pretty much any meat, but it is great on it's own as well. Served with a side salad, this would make a wonderful light fall or winter dinner.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sage, Brown Butter, and Gruyere
Pink Parsley Original, topping inspired by Martha Stewart
- 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
- 4 Tbs unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, still somewhat chunky
- 4 tsp chopped fresh sage, divided
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs grated Gruyere cheese
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbs sour cream or Greek yogurt
- pinch cayenne pepper
Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and carefully scoop out the filling and add to a medium bowl. You don't want to scoop out all of it, since the skins are pretty thin, but aim to scoop out 90% or so.
In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, whisking constantly. When it reaches a deep golden-brown color and has dark brown specks in it, remove from heat immediately.
In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 teaspoons of the sage, 2 tablespoons of sage, and salt and pepper to taste.
Using a fork, mash the sweet potato filling until it's smooth. Add the remaining brown butter, sage, Gruyere, the maple syrup, cayenne, and Greek yogurt. Mix well to combine. Divide the filling among the potato skins. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the potatoes.
Return to the oven and cook about 15 minutes, or until the filling is heated through and the breadcrumbs are turning light golden-brown. Serve.