If you are looking for a delicious side dish recipe that is just the right amount for two people, this Loaded Sweet Potatoes recipe is your answer!
Baked sweet potatoes that are drizzled with a sweet, buttery sauce and then topped with mini marshmallows and browned to perfection.
A classic, Thanksgiving casserole recipe that has been adapted so that it becomes the perfect side dish for two people.
Best of all, it is so easy to make that you don’t have to make it just once a year!
Loaded Sweet Potatoes Recipe
- Sweet Potatoes
- Unsalted Butter
- Light Brown Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Mini Marshmallows
The first step in making Loaded Sweet Potatoes is to wash and scrub the potatoes. Then pierce each potato a few times with a sharp paring knife.
Next, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. The foil will make clean up a breeze. But if you prefer, you can spray the baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Or you can use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat instead.
I absolutely love my silicone baking mats and I have saved so much money because I can wash and reuse the mat rather than purchasing expensive parchment paper. I use it any time that I want to bake something that may stick to the surface or cause a mess on the pan.
Now place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and put into the oven. Set a kitchen timer for 45-50 minutes.
The actual cook time will depend on the size of your sweet potatoes. The potatoes are done when they can easily be pierced with a fork.
Prepare the Loaded Sweet Potato Sauce
While the potatoes are baking, prepare the sweet sauce that will be poured on top after the potatoes are nice and tender. Do this by whisking together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl until well incorporated. Set aside.
One the potatoes are cooked and can easily be pierced with a fork, remove them from the oven and cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise.
Start cutting down the center of the potato, stopping about 1/4 inch from each end. Then open the potato by pushing on both ends.
Evenly pour the butter & sugar mixture in the center cut of each potato. Then stuff each potato with the mini marshmallows.
Be sure to use all of the marshmallows, stuffing the mini marshmallows tightly into the potato opening. As the marshmallows heat up they will melt and shrink significantly.
Preheat the oven to broil and leave the wire rack in the same position that you used to bake the sweet potatoes. Then place the baking pan with the loaded sweet potatoes back into the oven. Broil until the marshmallows just start to brown.
This process will only take about 2-3 minutes. Therefore, be sure to watch them carefully so they do not burn.
Remove from the baking sheet from the oven and serve warm.
Air Fryer Cooking Instructions
If you want to save the space in your oven for your turkey breast or Oven Roasted Chicken, you can still make these Loaded Sweet Potatoes in your Air Fryer.
Follow the instructions for Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes. Then once the potatoes are fork tender, cut the potatoes in half and drizzle the butter sauce inside each potato.
After stuffing the marshmallows inside the potato, broil them in the oven or continue to air fry until the marshmallows turn a light golden brown.
If you have an air fryer oven, like my Emeril Lagasse Air Fryer 360, you can switch the setting to broil rather than toasting the marshmallows using the air fryer mode.
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Loaded Sweet Potatoes
All the flavors of a Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole but drizzled inside a baked sweet potato for an easy side dish recipe for two!
- 2 Sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. Light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Mini marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Scrub the potatoes and piece the sides a few times with a sharp knife. Place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and put into oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
- While the potatoes are baking, whisk together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl until well incorporated. Set aside.
- One the potatoes are cooked and can easily be pierced with a fork, remove them from the oven and cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise, starting and ending the cut 1/4 inch from each end. Open the potato by pushing on each end.
- Evenly pour the butter mixture between each potato. Then stuff each potato with the mini marshmallows. *Stuff the mini marshmallows tightly into the potato opening as they will melt and shrink.
- Preheat oven to broil. Place potatoes into oven again and broil until the marshmallows just start to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch carefully so they do not burn.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 potato
Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 31mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 4gSugar 25gProtein 3g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.