if you've been a devoted REAL FOOD COLLECTIVE follower you would know that i am obsessed potlucks. any kind of potlucks. chocolate potlucks. beer potlucks. regular potlucks. salad potlucks. international potlucks. wedding potlucks. fondue potlucks. pizza topping potlucks...you get my drift.
anyway. one day while i was perusing pinterest i stumbled across a GREAT idea for a potluck: a stuffed baked potato potluck. seriously. imagine all of the possibilities!! and it's SO easy. just bake a bunch of potatoes, ask people to bring some toppings, cut open the potatoes and top with desired toppings. voila - a potluck dinner that fills up the smallest to the biggest eater. and probably the cheapest potluck you could imagine.
i've only done it once.
and it happened on my deck on a sunny summer day.
well today is also a sunny "summer" day. which reminded me of that lovely potluck and of course made me crave a baked potato potluck. or one step beyond that: a baked SWEET potato potluck.
i suggest you try it. and if you don't have anyone you can invite to your potluck (i seriously doubt that - try asking a neighbour if they want to join, who could say know to a stuffed baked sweet potato potluck, for real) you might as well just make your own stuffed baked sweet potato because....they are just awesome.
here's how i did it today:
heat the over to 425.
scrub the skins of as many sweet potatoes as you'd like, then prick a bunch of holes in each one, keeping the skins generally in tact.
bake in the over to 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of your potatoes. you'll know they are done when you gently squeeze them and they are soft on the inside, same as a bake potato.
remove from the oven and cut in half (sometimes i scoop out a bit of the flesh and save it for later, just depends on how hungry you are and how big the potato is)
top with whatever toppings you choose, this time i picked:
- shredded bbq chicken
- diced cherry tomatoes
- sauteed chopped cabbage
- sauteed chopped mushroom
- wilted spinach
- nutritional yeast
- organic cheddar cheese
switch the oven to broil and broil on high for about 5 minutes (watching closely so they don't burn). then dig in!