Sweet Potato Skins Bacon Cheddar Casserole

Sweet Potato Bacon Cheddar Casserole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I started to write that this was a vegetarian recipe.  And then I remembered, bacon.  Then I thought maybe it was still kind of healthy.  And then I remembered, cheese.  What I can tell you?  This was a really delicious recipe and it is actually chock full of veggies.  It’s just full of bacon and cheese too.  Protein, right?  Oh well, I’m going with it.

This started as kind of a “sweet potato skins” kind of a deal and then I remembered how much I hate doing potato skins.  Especially the part where you have to gingerly scoop out the potato part and burn your hands only to rip the skins and have half of them look weird and feeling like you miss out on half the potato.  If there’s someone out there with a perfected method for this, let me know, because I haven’t found it yet.

Sweet Potato Bacon Cheddar Casserole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So instead of being fancy with it, I just slipped off the skins {still burning my fingers slightly because I’m too impatient and last minute to give myself time for them to cool sufficiently}, mixed everything up in a big bowl and plopped it in a casserole dish.  Which still turned out quite lovely looking actually.

We had this as our dinner {and subsequent leftovers}, but it would also make a yummy side dish for any meal.  Or if you’re feeling fancy, you could slip the mixture right back into those skins and make a fun appetizer too.

Sweet Potato Bacon Cheddar Casserole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Sweet Potato Bacon Cheddar Casserole
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Recipe type: Entree, Side Dish, Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4-5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 T milk {I used nonfat}
  • ½ onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 T garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: green onions, sour cream, additional bacon and cheddar to top
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash and dry sweet potatoes and pierce several times with a fork
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. With 15 minutes left, arrange onion, bell pepper and zucchini chunks around potatoes and let bake
  5. Remove everything from the oven and let cool slightly so you can handle them without burning yourself. Reset the oven to 375.
  6. Slip the skins off of the sweet potatoes and put them meat of the potato into a medium bowl
  7. Add milk and mash with a potato masher or fork until smooth
  8. Chop onion, bell pepper and zucchini and add to the bowl
  9. Stir in bacon, 1 cup of cheddar, garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste
  10. Spray a 9x9 pan with nonstick and turn mixture into the pan
  11. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheddar on top
  12. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted
  13. Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnishing with green onions, sour cream, additional bacon and cheddar as desired

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I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable

I love a good free printable.  It feels a little like Christmas to me every time I’m scrolling through Pinterest {find me here} and find one that would be just perfect in my home.  All you have to do is save, print, and pop it in a frame for an instant, free infusion of home decor.

When I started really getting into the decorating process for the little guy’s room, I gave it some good searches and found so many amazing prints from so many amazing designers and bloggers.  I downloaded my favorites, laid them out, and realized that something was missing.

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My sweet girl is such a reader, and a fan of Where The Wild Things Are, that whenever I read it, I remembered that I wanted a print that read “I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So.”  Because it’s sweet and amazing and I honestly do want to eat up those chubby baby legs sometimes.  I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that was just right to match the rest of what I had.  It needed to be simple, sweet and in the perfect colors.

So I popped into photoshop and put these puppies together instead.  One for my sweet boy’s light blue and grey room, and one for the girl mamas out there {which I may put up in my toddler’s room too…because she would probably appreciate it more than he will}.

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And, after the last few years of enjoying the beautiful free artwork that others have posted, I feel like it’s time to share some of my own.  Enjoy!

right click or control click {mac} on either image to download.

 

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Life is a little crazy right now, and as I was putting together some other posts, I discovered this one sitting in my drafts.  Somehow I never got around to sharing it, but I'm stoked that I found it and can pass it along today!  Maybe it would be a fun little craft over the long … [Continue reading]

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