Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Love sweet potatoes, but want to jazz them up a bit? This Twice Baked Sweet Potato recipe uses the bold flavors of mascarpone, garlic, and oregano to complement the classic, sweet tuber.

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While most people are making sweet version of this dish with marshmallows and brown sugar streusel toppings, I wanted to go the savory route.

Yams vs Sweet Potatoes

Here goes the question someone will undoubtedly ask: are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? Long story short, the answer is NO.

Although they look similar, they are very different and chances are you’ve probably never had a real yam.

For the in-depth explanation, I suggest you check out what Alton Brown has to say about the subject. This will make for a great dinner conversation, especially the part about, “man yams.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes take the deliciousness of whipped sweet potatoes and put them into their own little, serveable boats. #twicebakedpotatoes #sweetpotatoes

If you want the Cliff Notes version, here goes: both are root vegetables that come from a flowering plant. However, yams are long, cylindrical, and have an almost bark-like exterior. They are also drier and more starchy in terms of texture.

Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, have tapered ends and skin similar to the potatoes we all know and love. The skin and flesh color of these can all vary based on the specific type of sweet potato we are talking about and they are not just the orange/copper colored variety you immediately envision.

Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes also popular on the health front. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Anti-oxidants are something they also tout. And may (I repeat may) have cancer-fighting properties, boost the immune system, and support healthy vision.

Now those are all things I can get behind. The fact that they are naturally delicious as all get out is just a bonus. And while they are not a low-carb vegetable, they help you to feel full and are great to include in your weekly diet.

angle view of stuffed sweet potato with cheese and chives

A lot of people will skip the skin in a twice baked potato, but I urge you to think again. Not only does it have great texture, because it is baked, it is also holding onto a bunch of fiber and potassium.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

This Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe makes use of the orange-flesh variety of sweet potato, but feel free to try it with other sweet potato varieties if that is what your grocery store is carrying or if you want to try it with something different yourself.

In addition to sweet potatoes, you’ll need:

  • Garlic
  • Mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese)
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Butter
  • Seasonings: Kosher salt, oregano
  • Toppings: Chives and Maldon Salt

Next you’ll bake the sweet potatoes just like you would a regular twiced baked. Cut them in half and scoop out the flesh. The biggest difference here is that sweet potato skins are a little thinner and more delicate than other potato varieties, so be gentle and know they will be a little floppy.

Combine the flesh with cheese, butter and seasonings, whipping well. Then scoop back into the skins. Bake again and top with chives!

Did You Know SweetPotato is One Word?

Did you know that sweetpotato is actually one word? Most people still use two, so we do as well, but in 1989 this nun (not an adjective) was officially changed to one word to help standout against it’s very commonly confused cousin the yam.

And as we know, sweet potatoes are not yams! You’ve likely never even had a yam in your lifetime because they aren’t grown in the US. So bring up this little bit of trivia at your table tonight.

Serve Them With

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes can be served as a side dish or entree. Sweet savory and just plain delicious, it is no wonder they go fast. With 300 calories a serving, they are a winning recipe!

Pair them with any of our easy dinner recipes, including Instant Pot Whole Chicken, King Ranch Chicken, Crock Pot Pork Loin or even Chicken Kiev.

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes take the deliciousness of whipped sweet potatoes and put them into their own little, serveable boats. #twicebakedpotatoes #sweetpotatoes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes take the deliciousness of whipped sweet potatoes and put them into their own little, serveable boats. #twicebakedpotatoes #sweetpotatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

4.88 from 16 votes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes uses bold flavors like mascarpone, garlic, and oregano to complement the classic, sweet tuber.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce both potatoes several times with a potato nail or serving fork (something long). Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 
  • Place potatoes on the rimmed baking sheet and cook for 40-45 minutes. Potatoes should be soft to the touch. Remove and allow to cool until you are able to handle them. 
  • Sweet potato skins are not nearly as hearty as other types of potatoes, so be gentle. Cut them in half and spoon out cooked flesh to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Blend with mascarpone, gruyere cheese, kosher salt, butter, and dried oregano. 
  • Spoon mixture back into potato skins. 
  • Coat a small, high sided baking dish with cooking spray. Place filled sweet potatoes into the dish. Try to make them fit snug so they don’t fall over. 
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes. 
  • Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving. Top with chives and Maldon sea salt. 
  • Your opinion means a lot to us. Please come back and leave us a comment to let us know if you made any modifications and how the recipe turned out! 
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


Calories: 300 kcal, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 29 g, Saturated Fat: 18 g, Cholesterol: 76 mg, Sodium: 462 mg, Potassium: 25 mg, Vitamin A: 1055 IU, Vitamin C: 1.3 mg, Calcium: 228 mg, Iron: 0.4 mg
Author: Chef Jessica Anne
Calories: 300
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked sweet potatoes, twice baked sweet potatoes
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Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. I usually go for marshmallows and brown sugar when I’m making sweet potatoes, but these look really good. Maybe I should do both this year – give both a savory and sweet option.

  2. I LOVE sweet potatoes.. I think they always get a bad rap by so many people. I’ve never thought to use them with lemon.. Interesting combo.

  3. These look great Jessica. I loved that you used Greek yogurt, I use it all the time in recipes. Such a versatile ingredient.