Truly Outrageous Baked Sweet Potatoes

I love Halloween and have gone as the rocker Jem of the 80s hit cartoon Jem and the Holograms three years in a row now. I have no shame, I loved Jem growing up and adore the costume so much that I may even use it again at some point! I have very fond memories of watching the cartoon, and based on the reaction my costume always gets, most little girls growing up in the 80s did too! Who wouldn’t want to be able to transform into the lead singer of a band with pink hair just by pressing her earring?

You know what else I think about when I look back on the 80s? Baked potatoes! 1983 was a good year for my family, my brother was born, and Wendy’s put baked potatoes on their menu. My whole family always ordered baked potatoes over French fries at Wendy’s since their fries were sort of subpar. A few years later, my very favorite thing to do at the mall was hit the baked potato stand in the food court (which sadly, seem to have disappeared). I think they actually had some pretty decent toppings, like cheese and broccoli, but I was a picky eater and only had eyes for the huge tub of fake butter. I think the butter weighed more than the potato itself, making it oh so good. So, in honor of the 80s, I decided we had to have baked potatoes for dinner tonight!

I actually just nuked my sweet potatoes in the microwave in order to speed things up and then mixed the flesh with shredded chicken and some spices. I was thinking about how I always like having a perfect bite of both stuffing and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving and was inspired to top the potatoes with crumbled cornbread. Then I added a bit of goat cheese because it just makes everything better!

Truly Outrageous Baked Sweet Potatoes
Printable Recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed
2 cooked boneless chicken breasts (I poached mine), shredded
Juice of one lime
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups crumbled cornbread
3 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and saute onions for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft; add garlic and saute one additional minute.

Poke sweet potatoes several times with a fork and microwave on high for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh with a spoon. Place flesh in a large bowl with the onion mixture, shredded chicken, lime juice, thyme, chili powder, and salt, and mix until well combined.

Preheat broiler. Place sweet potato mix evenly in the potato shells on a large cookie sheet. Top evenly with crumbled cornbread and goat cheese. Broil for 2 to 5 minutes or until warmed through. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition: 296 calories, 7.9g fat, 3.5g fiber, 24.4g protein per serving
Cost: $1.19 per serving

47 Responses to Truly Outrageous Baked Sweet Potatoes

  1. Your costume is SO fantastic!!! *high five* :-) You are awesome!!

    Your baked sweet potatoes sound absolutely brilliant – the perfect way to bring baked potatoes into the 21st century! :-) I LOVE the stuffing/mashed potatoes combo concept!

  2. I love the costume, you look adorable! So pink and so cute.

    Sweet potato AND stuffing is totally the perfect combination. I am in heaven with these. And will definitely be making them. ASAP.

  3. I remember Jem. I would say I have about 10 years on you.
    Great costume! (Truly, truly, truly outrageous!)
    We are having a sweet potato love affair lately. This looks delish!

  4. awwwww, you look super cute with very pinkish outfit. Love the pink hair too. The internet connection from my hotel is a bit slow, so when I open your page, the photo of yours wasn’t show. As soon as I submit the comment, all of a sudden I can se you in the pink outfit. Anyway, just in case you are wondering why I use 2 separate comment.

  5. how funny—i totally thought your baked tater had a brown sugar crumble and marshmallows on top. while i’d prefer that version (my sweet tooth is a powerful entity), the cornbread-goat cheese combo would be welcome as well. :) and hey—rockin’ costume.

  6. Gem is truly outrageous, truly, truly, truly outrageous. Whoa Gem! I can’t tell you how many times that silly soung has gone through my head. I remember that being on in the morning before school. Those were the days.

  7. Awesome costume. It makes me ashamed that I didn’t dress up as anything this year. That baked potato also looks awesome. I have some giant sweet potatoes at home I need to cook at some point.

  8. Haha, now that pic is worth me just turning on my computer today. LOVE IT :)

    I agree that 1983 was a good year (my bday too). I had no idea baked potatoes showed up at Wendys then. Cool little trivia in case I ever need it :)

    Now if only they could do baked sweet potatoes too, now that would be something great with a chicken sandwich.

  9. I love this post. My husband and I were jsut talking about the baked potatoes from the mall food court. Oh my goodness they were so good. Now I’m craving them all over again!

    Cute costume by the way1

  10. Kerstin, you look outrageously GOOD! lol, I love it! :-)
    And I love this baked sweet potato too! Gosh, you are SUCH a genius…cornbread, and goat cheese! My two fave things! 😀

  11. Costumes like Jem just can’t get enough wearin’ out of them can they!?!? Great costume!!!

    I never got to experience a baked potato bar in the mall, how disappointing :o( I love baked potatoes! Your sweet potato looks fantastic!

  12. I’m afraid I’m a little to old for Jem but it’s a very cute costume.
    We had a potatoe bar for a women’s lunch once and it was a big hit. Love the sweet potato.

  13. Brilliant costume! My aunt bought me the Jem DVDs a few years ago and I still remembered all of the songs and could sing along. We should have a Jem-a-thon and drink pink things.

  14. Love your Jem costume! Remember the Mizfits? And what was Jem’s alter ego? Erica something or other? I used to love that cartoon as well. And I love your baked potato idea. I miss the baked potato bar, too. The only place I know of that sells those big loaded potatoes is a stand in Fanueil Hall. It’s a giant potato with BBQ chicken and sauce. It’s really good and filling! Thanks for letting me reminisce. Have a great weekend!

  15. LOVE the costume! You have to dress up like that every year! You look great.
    I also loved your story about baked potatoes. That is so funny. I can see myself liking this loaded sweet potato. Sweet potatoes and stuffing at Thanksgiving are heaven.

  16. Love the costume–unfortunately I wasn’t even born till the 90’s, so I don’t recall this cartoon!!

    Ooh I love stuffed stuff and this SP looks delish :-) I always get baked potatoes at this awesome
    food place in the Mall of America. They are like SUPERSIZED potatoes ha!

  17. Love the costume!!! You look so cute, I would wear it every year too!!

    I sometimes will stop by Wendy’s on my way home from work to pick up bakes potatoes to go with dinner!

    It makes it easy because they are already done!

    By the way, you won my give a way to try the Bolthouse 100% fruit and vegetable juice!! Congrats!!

    e-mail me at with your address and I will get that out to you ASAP!

  18. Thanks everyone :)

    Ingrid – Haha, I was waiting for someone to ask about that, he couldn’t be convinced, and I think it was because of the green wig!

    Erin – A Jem movie?!?! How fun :)

    CaSaundra – I’m jealous you have a baked potato place in the Mall of America!

    Jen – Yay, how exciting, off to send an email!

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