Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 medium-size sweet potatoes

5 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pinch cayenne pepper

1/2 stick unsalted butter

Vegetable oil, for greasing roasting tray

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly scrub the sweet potatoes under cold running water. Place the potatoes on a roasting tray and bake until tender, 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the potatoes to cool slightly before cutting off the top third of the potatoes lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh using a large spoon (leave enough on the base so the skin holds its shape) and reserve bases. 
  3. Add the potato flesh, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and butter to a food processor. Process until the ingredients are completely combined and the puree is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle a roasting tray with a little oil. Set the potato skin bases upright on the tray and fill with the mixture. 
  4. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and pecans in a small bowl. Sprinkle the top of each stuffed sweet potato with the sugar-pecan topping. Bake 10 minutes. Finish the potatoes under the broiler for the top to brown, 1 minute, if desired.