Sweet Potato Surprise

Pat Duran


I have had this recipe for a long time . My brother-in-law likes to make this often when we visit..he gave this recipe to me so I make it myself now..this is a meal in itself. He bakes his potatoes n the oven--I like to use the microwave....so much faster....I hope you like Carlo's recipe.


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10 Min
20 Min
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  • 4 medium
    sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp
    bacon drippings
  • 1/4 c
    finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 12 oz
    lean ground beef
  • 1/4 c
    dry sherry or apple juice
  • 3/4 c
    crushed canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 c
    chopped raisins
  • 1/4 c
    green olives with pimento, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • garnish
    cilantro leaves

How to Make Sweet Potato Surprise


  1. Pierce potatoes on side with a sharp knife and place on a paper plate and cook in your microwave for about 5 to 10 minutes until tender- checking on them at 5 minutes by squeezing them with a oven mitt for doneness. Or bake in 425^ oven for 50 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat,heat oil. Cook onion for 4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic,cumin and cinnamon;cook another minute.
  3. Add and scramble ground beef and cook until no longer pink , about 5 minutes. Add sherry or juice; cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, raisins, olives, capers and salt; reduce heat and simmer,5 minutes;stir in chopped cilantro.
    Cut open potatoes and mash insides with a fork; divide beef mixture evenly among the potatoes and add a bit of shredded cheese ,if desired and accent with some cilantro leaves . Enjoy!

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About Sweet Potato Surprise

Course/Dish: Beef, Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Latin American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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