Usually when our All Local Bin brings sweet potatoes into the kitchen, my go-to is sweet potato fries, but this week I decided to try something a little different and unexpected; a recipe so unexpected that, even though I am no short order cook, I was prepared to make something else for my Hungry Caterpillar. No worries though–that was not necessary! He ate through one stuffed sweet potato without looking back.

D and the sweet potato

What you’ll need to feed 2:
-2 sweet potatoes
-1/2 lb loose sausage (I used country apple pork sausage)
-1 golden delicious apple (or whatever variety you like, chopped)
-1/2 medium yellow onion
-Stubbs Honey Pecan BBQ sauce*
-butter

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly wash and dry your sweet potatoes, wrap each one in foil and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until soft (you know, like you would a baked potato). While your sweet potatoes are baking, chop the onion and sauté in butter for a few minutes, then add loose sausage and cook until it is done (no pink). Before you turn off the heat, throw in your chopped apple and stir it into the meat for about a minute then quickly remove the pan from the heat (be mindful here, you don’t want your apple chunks to turn into apple mush).

When your sweet potatoes are done, make a slit in each and squeeze the ends to open them up (be careful— there are going to be hot!) then use a butter knife or fork to mush up the flesh some and add butter so it will start to melt in. Now scoop in your onion, apple and sausage mix, top with BBQ sauce and enjoy!

stuffed sweet potatoes

*Stubbs BBQ Sauces are gluten free and have a pretty short ingredient list, so in addition to being tasty, that is why I choose Stubbs. That being said, you can sub in your favorite gluten free BBQ sauce or make your own! 

~Jenn Gizerian

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