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Apple, Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These Apple Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are stuffed with sautéed apples, crispy bacon, and caramelized onions and then topped with cheddar cheese to make a delicious and hearty fall dinner. 

Apple, Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I know it sounds like an unusual combination, but some people really love the combination of cheddar cheese and apple. Plus, these combined ingredients are just full of delicious, fall flavors! The caramelized onions and crispy bacon really push these stuffed sweet potatoes to another level!

Plus, they’re easy to make. They do require a bit of prep work to bake the sweet potatoes and caramelize the onions. I use the quick 15-minute quick caramelization method! After everything is baked, caramelized, sautéed and cooked, then you just stuff them with all the other ingredients and pop them into the broiler to melt the cheese and they’re ready to go! 

Because the last part is super quick, you can actually make these ahead of time: bake your sweet potatoes, stuff them with apples, onion, and bacon, and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. Then simply reheat for dinner and broil/melt the cheese in the last 30 seconds!

Apple Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients List: 

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese

Recommended Kitchen Equipment: 

I really like my GreenPan Paris fry pans and skillets. I recently switched to ceramic pans and I’ve been really happy with this brand. I started out with an inexpensive ceramic pan from a box store, just to see if I would like it, and I did, but it was ruined in about 2-3 months. However, my GreenPan Paris ceramic non-stick frying pans have been great! I’ve had them for about 6 months now and they still look brand new.

I did get rid of ALL my metal spatulas, whisks, kitchen utensils and replaced them with silicone utensils when I got these new pans so no one else would accidentally use any metal utensils on my new GreenPan pans and ruin them. My husband still complains about this, but I just point out that these pans were a small investment and I wasn’t taking any chances.

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes:

Start by prepping your sweet potatoes. Scrub the skins, dry them, then use a fork to puncture the sweet potatoes all over to release steam while baking. Then bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees F or until tender.

In a hurry? Wash, dry, and puncture the sweet potatoes, then microwave on high for 7-8 minutes or until tender.

Once cooked, use a knife to slice into the sweet potato lengthwise, using caution to not slice all the way through. Then push the two ends towards each other in order to force the sweet potato open to create a pocket for the stuffed ingredients.

How to Make Apple Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:

While your sweet potatoes are baking, caramelize the onions, sauté the apples, and cook the bacon. 

Start by caramelizing the onions. The traditional method of caramelizing onions can take over an hour, but I prefer the quick 15 minute method where you use some baking soda to speed up the caramelization process. First, peel and slice your onions. Then heat some olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop over medium high heat. Add onions along and then sprinkle the exact amount of baking soda used in the recipe on top. Cook the onions for about 10 minutes, stirring periodically. Then stir in the salt and remove from heat.

Next, sauté the apples. Dice 2 apples. In a skillet, heat 2 TB butter over medium high heat. Sauté the apples for 1-2 minutes then add water and bring to a boil. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir. Reduce heat and allow apples to simmer, stirring periodically, while covered for 10 minutes or until tender. 

I like to cook my bacon in the oven. It only takes about 20 minutes, there’s no splatter to clean up, and there’s less risk of setting off the smoke alarm in my house (which always happens when my husband cooks the bacon on the stovetop).

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I like to cook the bacon crispy—but not too crispy for these sweet potatoes because I know the bacon will crisp up more in the oven or broiler when I reheat them or melt the cheese. And I like my bacon extra crispy!

To cook the bacon in the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lay each strip of bacon onto a foil-wrapped baking sheet, making sure the strips do not touch. Bake for 12-15 minutes, flip each strip, then bake another 5 minutes. Depending on thickness/thinness of your brand of bacon, you may want to check on them after 8-10 minutes.

Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, stuff the baked sweet potatoes with a layer of caramelized onions topped with the diced, sautéed apples, then some sprinkle crispy bacon pieces, and cheddar cheese on top. Place them on a baking sheet and slide it under the broiler for 20-30 seconds or until the cheese is melted.

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Here’s the full printable recipe: 

Apple, Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Apple, Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups white onions, sliced
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

    Start by prepping your sweet potatoes. Scrub the skins, dry them, then use a fork to puncture the sweet potatoes all over to release steam while baking. Then bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees F or until tender.

    In a hurry? Wash, dry, and puncture the sweet potatoes, then microwave on high for 7-8 minutes or until tender.

    Once cooked, use a knife to slice into the sweet potato lengthwise, using caution to not slice all the way through. Then push the two ends towards each other in order to force the sweet potato open to create a pocket for the stuffed ingredients.

    Next, caramelize the onions. First, peel and slice your onions. Then heat the olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop over medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and then sprinkle 1/8 tsp of baking soda on top and stir. Cook the onions for about 10 minutes, stirring periodically. Then add in the salt, stir, and remove from heat.

    To cook the bacon in the oven, preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lay each strip of bacon onto a foil-wrapped baking sheet, making sure the strips do not touch. Bake for 12-15 minutes, flip each strip, then bake another 5 minutes. Depending on thickness/thinness of your brand of bacon, you may want to check on them after 8-10 minutes. Let bacon drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then chop into pieces.

    Next, sauté the apples. Dice 2 apples. In a skillet, heat 2 TB butter over medium high heat. Sauté the apples for 1-2 minutes then add water and bring to a boil. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir. Reduce heat and allow apples to simmer, stirring periodically, while covered for 10 minutes or until tender. 

    Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, stuff the baked sweet potatoes with a layer of caramelized onions topped with the diced, sautéed apples, then some sprinkle crispy bacon pieces, and cheddar cheese on top. Place them on a baking sheet and slide it under the broiler for 20-30 seconds or until the cheese is melted.

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These Apple Bacon & Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes were featured along with some of my other stuffed sweet potatoes on Food Network

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