Baked sweet potatoes with onion, kale and cheese
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Baked sweet potatoes with onion, kale and cheese

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Discover our simple yet delightful baked sweet potato recipe. This dish unites the comforting sweetness of baked potatoes and the savoury filling of caramelised red onions, blanched kale, and crumbled cheese. With contrasting textures and flavours that work in harmony, this recipe transforms humble sweet potatoes into a satisfying meal. It is perfect for those evenings when you are in the mood for something warm, delicious, and a bit out of the ordinary.

Instructions

Step 1
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/gas mark 5.
Step 2
  • Place sweet potatoes on a baking tray and rub with 1 tsp of olive oil and salt.
Step 3
  • In a bowl, mix onions with the remaining olive oil, salt, and lemon juice, then spread out on a separate baking tray. Pop both trays in the oven.
Step 4
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and blanch kale for 30 seconds, drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again. Squeeze out the remaining water by hand.
Step 5
  • After 30 minutes, remove the onions from the oven and set aside. Continue baking the potatoes for 15 minutes or until tender.
Step 6
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add garlic and chilli and sauté for 1 minute. Add kale and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until warmed through. Season to taste.
Step 7
  • Scoop out the potato flesh into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir in kale and onions and arrange the mixture back into the potato skins. Transfer to a serving plate and crumble over the cheese.
Step 8
  • Serve with a rocket salad drizzled with balsamic glaze.
Enjoy!
Tip

Your choice of sweet potatoes can impact the overall result of the dish. Opt for sweet potatoes that are roughly uniform in size. This way, all your potatoes will bake evenly and you can test if they are done by inserting a knife into the centre of the potato. If the knife slides in effortlessly, with no resistance, that is your signal that the sweet potatoes are perfectly baked.

Tip

If you have some leftovers, you can store these for the next day. Place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. When you are ready to enjoy them again, reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Questions about baked sweet potatoes

If you are craving and delicious and comforting meal, baked sweet potatoes are sure to be a hit. Before you get started on making this tasty dish, we have compiled a list with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. So, have a read below to find out more.

Can you bake sweet potatoes?
Yes, you can bake sweet potatoes. Baking enhances their natural sweetness and gives them a soft, tender texture inside with crispy skin on the outside. As the sugars within the sweet potatoes caramelise during baking, a deeper, richer flavour is achieved.
How long to bake sweet potatoes?
The baking time for sweet potatoes varies based on their size, but generally, a medium-sized sweet potato will take about 45 minutes at 180°C to bake. You will know they are done when the flesh is soft, and you can easily insert a knife.
What to eat with baked sweet potatoes?
Baked sweet potatoes can be enjoyed with delicious fillings and a fresh side salad. You can mix the flesh of the baked potatoes with sautéed kale and caramelised onions and top it off with crumbled white cheese. Complement this hearty dish with a side of peppery rocket leaves, subtly sweetened with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. This combination ensures a balance of flavours and textures, offering a satisfying, well-rounded meal.

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes, scrubbed and halved lengthways
4
Olive oil
3 tbsp
Salt
1 tsp
Red onions, quartered
4
Lemon juice
1 tbsp
Kale
150 g
Garlic cloves
2
White cheese
100 g
Fresh red chillies to taste, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
To serve
Wild rocket leaves
Balsamic glaze

Indulge in delicious baked sweet potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes are a food delight that brings together exquisite flavours and textures. The baking process intensifies their natural sweetness, giving way to a lusciously soft and fluffy interior that lies beneath a delightfully crispy skin. The tender flesh of the warm potatoes is gently scooped out to make it part of a scrumptious filling. If you like this recipe, perhaps you also want to check out our roasted courgette salad, hash potatoes with white cheese, or mixed vegetable gratin with root vegetables.

With a filling of red onion, kale, and cheese

The flavourful filling within the baked sweet potatoes is a delicious combination of red onions, kale, and crumbled cheese with a hint of chilli and garlic. The red onions are caramelised and acquire a deep sweetness that aligns with the baked potato flesh. Their distinct flavour, at the crossroads of savoury and sweet, makes them a perfect pairing for the naturally sweet potatoes. Blanching the kale retains its vibrant colour and crunch. Its slightly bitter undertones cut through the sweetness of the potatoes and onions, bringing a necessary balance to the meal. The finishing touch, a generous sprinkle of crumbled white cheese, adds a creamy, tangy element. It melts slightly against the warm filling, enhancing the overall mouthfeel.

Served in the potato skin for a surprising presentation

Serving the filled sweet potatoes in their own skin lends an element of rustic charm to the presentation. The earthy flavour also adds depth, reinforcing the natural taste of the sweet potatoes. The potato skins, crisp from the oven, add an interesting textural contrast to the soft filling within. The combination of the filled potato skin, contrasting textures, and complementary flavours makes this baked sweet potato dish an inviting and tantalising treat that is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat. Each spoonful delivers a mix of the hearty filling and the crispy skin, making for a pleasant crunch amidst the overall softness.