Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Delicious Holiday Side Dish

I am in the process of finalizing our Thanksgiving menu.  While we have some tried and true recipes that have earned their place in the traditional meal, I still like to experiment and add a few new dishes to the menu.  This week I am testing recipes before I serve them to our holiday guests.

I recently received a copy of the limited-edition Philadelphia cookbook, Cooking with Pheeling, and it came just in time!  It is full of delicious recipes ideal for holiday entertaining and weeknight meals.  I knew just what to look for when I opened it. One thing my family doesn’t have is a favorite sweet potato recipe on our holiday menu.  Last year, I experimented and while I wouldn’t say our sweet potato tamales were terrible, no one was asking for seconds.  This year, I tested a recipe from the new cookbook that is sure to be a winner!

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

(from Cooking with Pheeling)


2 large sweet potatoes (1.5 lbs)
2 oz. Philadelphia Cooking Creme, or Neufchatel Cheese
2 tablespoons fat free milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans


Heat oven to 425 degrees F

Cut potatoes lengthwise in half; place, cut side down, in foil-lined pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until tender.
Scoop out centers of potatoes into bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Add cooking creme, milk, sugar, and cinnamon to potato flesh, mash until well blended.  (Note: The cooking creme is creamier than cream cheese/Neufchatel and easier to measure, mix, and melt).

Fill shells with potato mixture, top with nuts. Bake 8 minutes or until potatoes are heated through and nuts are toasted.

Approximately 4 servings


$50 Sams Club Gift Card (one winner) + A free limited-edition Philadelphia Cookbook for everyone!

(Kraft foods is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft foods or its affiliates, but solely by Some the Wiser.)

To get your copy of the Philadelphia Cookbook, “Cooking with Pheeling,” head to Sam’s Club where it is exclusively available this weekend (Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th) .  You can pick up your own free copy of the cookbook and also sample a dish made with Philadelphia’s new cooking creme.   Find the Sam’s Club nearest you with this link.

Enter the Giveaway

  • Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite holiday dish is.
  • Contest ends November 22, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Contest open to US states only.
  • Winner will be chosen via and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

Extra Entries:

An additional entry can be earned by doing one of the following, giving you a total of two entries. Leave a seperate comment for each of your entries.

I am one of the bloggers selected by Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club to participate in the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Philadelphia Cooking Creme launch at Sam’s Club.  While I have been compensated for my time and grocery costs, my opinions are my own and I have not been paid to post positive comments.

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39 Responses to Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Delicious Holiday Side Dish

  1. smoody says:

    I think it would be my mother in-law's twice baked potatoes, they're pretty phenomenal! My father in-law says they are the reason he married her :0)

  2. Nothing beats Grandma Dorothy's homemade noodle gravy! Yummm

  3. These look so good! My favorite side dish is a toss up between Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Orange Cranberry Sauce.

  4. I love sweet potato casserole, would be the holidays without it!

  5. And I already like Philly Cream Cheese on FB!

  6. Spencer says:

    I agree that grandma dorthy does hold number one in my books currently, but she's got some competition with these.

  7. Lori Morgan says:

    Sweet potatoes with brown sugar, pecans and a little marshmallow on top! Oh my gosh am I ready for the holidays!

  8. Thank you for the heads up about the Philadelphia Cookbook!

    My favorite holiday dish is stuffing….always stuffing!

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  9. I am now an official liker of Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook. 🙂

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  11. lexee says:

    i just tried sweet potato casserole last year and LOVED it. and ohhhhh the pies. chocolate, pumpkin, and pecan… i love them all.

  12. MARGARET says:

    I love my mom's herb and apple holiday stuffing… soo hard to resist. I'll have to try this sweet potatoes dish–seems simple and delish (Especially with the cream cheese! 🙂


  13. Welkers says:

    My favorite holiday dish has to be the rolls, with some homemade cranberry sauce, there is nothing better! Your sweet potatoes look so pretty!

  14. Robin says:

    Being the non-traditional/ vegetarian Thanksgiving family that we are, we skip the usual meal traditions, but we like to end the day with the kid's favorite, Peanut Butter Pie (from “The Compassionate Cook” cookbook). It has a “oreo” cookie crust and filled with a tofu and peanut butter mixture. The tofu might turn some away, but if you taste it you'll want more.

  15. Lyndsey says:

    That looks so delicious! I'm definitely making those for thanksgiving. My favorite holliday dish is stuffing -I could eat that every day for months (and sometimes do!).

  16. Lisa S. says:

    Speaking of sweet potatoes, they are at the top of my favorite holiday dishes. Preferably if they're the kind with the brown sugar crumb topping…so guilty it can't hardly be considered a vegetable anymore. 🙂

  17. Kyra says:

    Wow! These look amazing!!! Mmmm. Do you have any good recipes for healthy soups for toddlers? My daughter loves soup but I want to find something that I can make that's super healthy and doesn't have too much salt. I'm not a soup chef by any means.

  18. Unknown says:

    I love twice baked sweet potatoes! The ones I make have marshmallows on the top so they are definitely not as healthy as the recipe that you have.


  19. Carolsue says:

    Besides turkey, it would be the candied yams and sweet potatoes
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  20. Carolsue says:

    I “Like” Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook.
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  21. These look super good! Perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

  22. Jessica says:

    I love after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, avocado and havarti cheese.

  23. Amanda says:

    Mmm this recipe looks absolutely delicious! If you love sweet potatoes, please check out my recipe for sweet potato gratin with granola. I think you'll really like it!


  24. Brindy says:

    I would have to say Turkey and Pumpkin Pie are at the top of my list! 🙂

  25. Brindy says:

    I “liked” Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook. I have a Sam's 2 minutes from me, I would LOVE to win. 🙂

  26. Brenda says:

    Pumpkin Pie is at the top of my Thanksgiving menu, but all traditional Thanksgiving food is yummy. I would be willing to try any recipe that calls for bacon and/or cream cheese!

  27. Brenda says:

    I “liked” Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook.

  28. Bakers says:

    favorite is sweet potatoes with lots of brown sugar, butter, pecan topping…yum

  29. Loraine says:

    I wish I had read your blog entry about the sweet potatoes before I switched items for the school potluck :0 My favorite side dish is green beans with a fancy marinade of some type (sweet/sour, french dressing etc).

  30. Loraine says:

    I 'liked' philadephia cream cheese on facebook 😉

  31. Julie says:

    love my mother in laws stuffing and gravy]

  32. Julie says:

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  33. Julie says:

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  34. Lyndsey says:

    I liked philly o facebook!

  35. Yo Mamma says:

    I could use that gift card for sure!

  36. Tracy says:

    I love sweet potato casserole.

  37. Tracy says:

    Liked Philadelphia cream cheese on fb.

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