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I’ve been making big plans, y’all. I’ve been daydreaming and taking notes about ALL of the delicious foods that are going to make an appearance on our Thanksgiving dinner table this year, and I seriously cannot wait! There are certain Thanksgiving foods here in the South that you just don’t pass up on. You’ve got your deviled eggs, your casseroles of every flavor, your buttered roll or biscuit, and your slice of sweet potato pie to polish everything off. This year we’ll have those traditional foods aplenty, but in my true foodie nature, you know I’ve got to pack in a little heat somewhere. I crave spicy all the time, and Thanksgiving is no exception!
This year, I’m keepin’ it hot in the kitchen with these Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes that’ll make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Thanksgiving ‘taters. The hint of natural sweetness from the potatoes blends perfectly with the spiciness of the jalapenos and cayenne pepper mixed within. Top it off with some mozzarella and you’ll be hopping right over that turkey to fill your plate with seconds!
There was a time when I wouldn’t have been so eager to spice up my Thanksgiving menu. It wasn’t because I didn’t like spicy foods, but rather because I felt like I had to tiptoe around the hotter foods that I loved because of reoccurring heartburn. My secret weapon that keeps me on track during the holidays is Nexium® 24HR 42ct Tablets. It’s a blessing in disguise, too, because it helps me keep my reoccurring heartburn at bay so that I can enjoy everything on my plate during the holidays – even the spicy stuff!
So when I headed out to the store earlier this week to pick up the ingredients I needed to make my spicy dish, I made a pit-stop at my local Walgreens to pick up a package of Nexium® 24HR to keep on hand. It’s truly the superhero of the holiday season in my eyes, because taking one little pill a day provides the protection I need from frequent heartburn so that I can savor ALL of the flavors on my plate! (*Nexium® 24HR is not intended for immediate relief and takes 1-4 days for full effect.)
Once my secret weapon was in hand, I was ready to tackle the grocery store to pick up everything I needed to pack the heat into my spicy dish. Once I got home, I couldn’t wait one more minute to sink my teeth into one of those sweet potatoes! If you’re following along for the recipe, you’ll want to take note of a few super simple steps:
First, make sure you thoroughly wash each sweet potato to remove any excess dirt. Pat them dry and pierce the skins 5-6 times with a fork. Lay each potato on a baking sheet and bake in an oven heated to 400 F for roughly an hour, or until potatoes are soft all the way through.
Scoop the meat of the potatoes into a bowl and mash them, but make sure you leave some of the potato on the skin to help keep it’s bowl-like shape!
While the potatoes were baking in the oven, I went ahead and chopped up 2 cups of spinach and got all of my seasonings ready. (Scroll to the bottom for full recipe)
I LOVE adding spinach to different foods that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find it in. Did you know that spinach is considered a superfood? Meaning, it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients that your body needs and will thrive from. It blends right in with the sweet potatoes and turns this dish into something delicious and savory that I just can’t get enough of! (Since I KNOW I’ll be pigging out on desserts during the holidays, I make sure I’m eating my fair share of greens, too.) 😉
I combined ALL ingredients (except the mozzarella cheese and cilantro) in with the mashed sweet potatoes and gave it a good stir. I then spooned the mixture back into the sweet potato skins and topped with a heap of mozzarella.
I then put the potatoes back into the oven to bake for another 15-20 minutes to melt the cheese and re-heat the potatoes to golden perfection! Once they were done, I topped them with my beloved cilantro and dug right in!
By the way, if you’re thinking about spicing up your Thanksgiving menu this year and would love to give this recipe a try, here’s a free printable copy for you to save and add to your cookbook! Enjoy!
Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 4-5 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 Tbs lime juice
- 2 cups chopped spinach
- 1 small handful jarred jalapenos - diced optional
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cilantro for topping optional
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes and pierce the skins 5-6 times with a fork
- Place on cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until soft (actual baking time depends on thickness of potatoes. If they are still hard in the center when you cut one open, continue baking until completely soft)
- Slice potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a separate bowl, being sure to leave a little of the "meat" of the potato still in the skin to help keep it's shape
- Thoroughly mash potatoes in a bowl and add in all ingredients except cheese and cilantro
- Scoop spoon fulls of mixture into each potato skin until full
- Top with mozzarella cheese and place back into oven for 15-20 minutes
- Remove from oven and top with cilantro if desired
- Serve immediately
Not only is this delectable side dish super easy to make, but it also makes a large enough portion to feed several people at one time. It truly is a great twist on classic twice baked sweet potatoes that’s forever going to become a staple on my Thanksgiving dinner table.
Gone are the days where I had to dance around the idea of excluding the spicy foods I love from my family dinners. With Nexium® 24HR, I’m free to eat the foods that I really love without the fear of my reoccurring heartburn creeping up and putting a cap on my appetite!
Make Heartburn History:
If you’re gearing up for the holidays but are avoiding certain foods for fear that they may cause heartburn, take a stand and make heartburn a thing of the past! Treating and preventing my frequent heartburn was such an easy choice, and I credit Nexium® 24HR for helping me kick the burn to the curb and allowing me to enjoy my Thanksgiving menu just the way I like it!
Now is an excellent time to try it out, too! For the entire month of November, Walgreens is running an in-store special on Nexium® 24HR: Two Nexium® 24HR (28 ct.) for $40.00 and $2.00 off Nexium® 24HR (48 ct.) with an in-store coupon. Plus, if you happen to stop by on November 13th, you can score a $5.00 coupon good towards any 28 or 42 ct package!
Do you like to spice things up during the holidays? Do you have a favorite recipe that you or your family loves to eat that has a little kick to it? Leave a comment and share the spicy love!