Easy Weeknight Dinners // Un-Recipe No. 8:
Peanut Butter And Jelly Stuffed Sweet Potato
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A sweet potato stuffed with creamy peanut butter coconut drizzle, rustic fruit compote and buttered toast squares puts a fun spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Baked Sweet Potatoes (pssst: >> how to make the perfect baked sweet potato for stuffing)
Crusty White Bread
Earth Balance Butter
Prep For Peanut Butter And Jelly Stuffed Sweet Potato:
2. Make The “Jelly” Compote: Microwave a couple cups of frozen or fresh fruit (I used frozen cherries and strawberries) until they are warm. Add a spoonful of applesauce and mash with a fork until you get a chunky sauce.
3. Make The Coconut Peanut Butter Drizzle: Gently heat half a cup of coconut oil with about a cup of peanut butter in a small pot on the stove.
4. Assemble The Stuffed Sweet Potato: Drizzle a little peanut butter coconut sauce into the sweet potato. Follow with a generous spoonful of mashed “jelly”. Drizzle with more peanut butter sauce. Top with a few toasted, buttered bread squares. (Drizzle with more peanut butter sauce.) (Drizzle with more peanut butter sauce.) (Drizzle with, okay, you get the picture …)
Real Fruit. The key to making your Peanut Butter & Jelly Stuffed Sweet Potato taste like a respectable dinner and not like third-grade lunch is to use real, whole food ingredients. You could technically use jelly from a jar, but a rustic, chunky sauce made from real fruit adds sophistication through varying textures and extra layers of flavor.
For The Win:
Use Good Bread. This is a great un-recipe to make when you have some leftover crusty bread from a previous meal. Using a good, baker’s loaf (as opposed to regular ol’ sliced bread in the bag) will make a big difference. Not only does good bread add its own flavor, but it will do a better job of soaking up the juices from the jelly and the peanut butter coconut sauce. Extra bread squares also serve as a nice tool for sopping up the sauce at the bottom of the bowl.
Just Have Fun With It. Next time you have an “arg, there’s nothing to make for dinner tonight!!” moment and are tempted to just snack, give yourself a few moments to think outside the box. Any of your go-to quick foods can be reimagined as stuffed sweet potatoes entrees. Cheese and crackers. Ants on a log. Chips and salsa. … All these lazy stand-ins for proper meals can be transformed into hot, satisfying dinners when served with a sweet potato. It just takes a little creativity. And a bit goofiness, I’ll admit 😉