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Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


This showstopping dish is over the top delicious, starring sweet potato, goat cheese, and black lentils, mixed with fresh herbs and twice baked in the oven.


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 ½ pounds)
  • 3/4 cup black lentils (or French lentils)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 stalks celery, including leaves
  • 1 large green onion
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes, and prick them all over with a fork. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes, until tender.
  3. In a medium pot, combine 3/4 cups black lentils with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, until tender but not soft. Drain in a colander, removing as much liquid as possible, then transfer to a bowl. Mix lentils with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Thinly slice celery stalks and green onion and chop 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, then mix in with the lentils. Reserve the celery leaves.
  4. When the potatoes have finished baking, remove them from the oven. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly until able to handle. Cut each potato in half with a serrated knife, then scoop out the insides into a bowl, making sure to keep a layer of sweet potato within the skin so that it can stand on its own. In the bowl, mash the potato with a masher, then stir in half of the goat cheese, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  5. Fill each potato skin with the potato filling and top with the lentils. Bake until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and garnish with celery leaves and the crumbles of the remaining goat cheese. Serve hot.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Recipe, Sweet Potato Dinner, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Healthy