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
Stove Top


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
cilantro leaves

How to Make Sweet Potato Surprise


  • 1Pierce 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.
  • 2In a large skillet over medium heat,heat oil. Cook onion for 4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic,cumin and cinnamon;cook another minute.
  • 3Add and scramble ground beef and cook until no longer pink , about 5 minutes. Add sherry or juice; cook 2 minutes.
  • 4Add 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