Italian Sausage Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
These Italian sausage stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. They're a fun and healthy alternative to pizza or pasta.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 4sweet potatoes
- 1tablespoon olive oil
- ¾pound hot Italian sausage
- 1cup chopped red bell pepper
- ½cup chopped onion
- 2cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ½teaspoon salt
- 1cup Italian cheese blend
- Flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
Step 1Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Step 2Scrub the sweet potatoes thoroughly, dry, and prick each one in several places with a fork to allow the steam to escape. Rub olive oil all over each potato. Arrange the potatoes on the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
Step 3Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble the sausage into the skillet and cook until the sausage begins to brown.
Step 4Add the red pepper, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt to the skillet. Stir and cook until the vegetables are soft.
Step 5Place the Italian sausage and vegetable mixture in a large bowl.
Step 6Cut each baked sweet potato in half and scoop out most of the inside, leaving the potato skin shell fully intact.
Step 7Add the scooped sweet potato to the bowl with the Italian sausage and vegetables. Stir to combine.
Step 8Spoon the sweet potato and sausage mixture back into baked potato skins.
Step 9Top with cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is browned on top and potato skins start to crisp.
Step 10Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.