Remember twice-baked potatoes—yummy but oh, so fattening? Here’s a richer and sweeter version that’s much more heart friendly. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of antioxidants; pears are high in fiber. Next time you’re tempted to serve baked potatoes, think sweet. —Susan E. Levy
medium sweet potatoes
large pears, peeled and sliced into bite size pieces
olive oil, extra-light
chopped hazelnuts (optional)
In This Recipe
Bake whole sweet potatoes at 425° for 45 minutes, or until done. Cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet sauté pears in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well for about a minute until sugar dissolves.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop out pulp, leaving skin intact. Mash pulp.
Mix mashed potatoes and pears together and stir well. Stuff mixture back into shells.
Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with chopped nuts if desired.
THE SEASONED COOK Extra-light olive oil has the same number of calories as regular olive oil, but has a very light flavor making it quite useful in sweet dishes. Sweet potatoes are often referred to as yams, but they’re actually two different vegetables. To save time, you can prepare ahead through step 4.