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Loaded sweet potatoes with crispy kale and Cheddar
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Loaded sweet potatoes with crispy kale and Cheddar

Load up baked sweet potatoes with bacon, garlic and crème fraîche for a comforting family dinner that's completely gluten-free. Top with oozy chilli Cheddar cheese and serve with crispy kale for a winning sweet potato recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Prick the potatoes all over with a knife, then rub with 2 tsp oil, season and put on a baking tray. Bake for 35-40 mins or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry for 5 mins, stirring, until crisp. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and cook for 2-3 mins until soft and fragrant but not coloured. Set aside.
  3. Halve the potatoes lengthways and set aside for 5 mins to cool. Scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash, then stir in the crème fraîche, bacon, garlic and parsley; season with pepper. Return the skins to the tray, then fill with the mash and top with the cheese. Bake for 10 mins.
  4. Arrange the kale on a baking tray and drizzle with 2 tsp oil. Bake for 5 mins (or until crisp), tossing halfway through. Serve with the loaded potatoes.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze loaded potatoes only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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  • Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 5 tsp olive oil
  • 200g Woodside Farms cooking bacon, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 120ml 50% less fat crème fraîche
  • 10g fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 90g pack Cheddar with chillies, grated
  • 260g kale