Sweet Potato Stuffed With Chickpeas and Pomegranate Seeds

Sweet potato that are baked have that mildly caramelized and sweet flavor, making them tasty comfort food. While baked potatoes on their own may be a bit boring, the best part is stuffing them with many delicious ingredients. So today, we are going to step away from the traditional butter and chives toppings and create a masterpiece with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and pomegranate seeds. 

Stuffed sweet potatoes are easy for all to enjoy! These sweet potatoes have the perfect balance of sweetness, savory, and acidity. The tahini and pomegranate molasses dressing also give it a hint of Middle Eastern flavors. 

Can You Eat Sweet Potato Skin? 

Yes! Just make sure to wash it thoroughly before baking. The sweet potato skin is perfectly edible and has a nice crispy texture. You will love the skin’s texture when paired with the creamy interior of the baked sweet potato. 

Can You Microwave a Sweet Potato Instead of Baking it?

While it is best to bake your sweet potatoes, you can also microwave them. This will significantly cut down on cooking time. To make the sweet potatoes in a microwave, wash the potatoes and pierce them all over with a fork. This will let the steam escape. Microwave the sweet potatoes on high for about 6 minutes. If it is not done, microwave it for 30-second increments until it is done.  

How to Check if Baked Potatoes Are Done?

When baking a potato or sweet potato, you can check if it is done by poking it with a wooden skewer. If it is soft and can easily pierce through the potato, it is finished cooking. You can also tell the potato is ready if you check the temperature with a thermometer. It should be between 208 and 211 degrees. Be careful not to over-bake the potato since it can cause it to dry out and make the skin hard. 

What Else Can You Put in Sweet Potatoes? 

Sweet potatoes are the perfect vessel for many delicious sweet, and savory ingredients. You can add whatever ingredients taste good together for the perfect snack, meal, or even dessert. Here are a few popular options for what you can stuff into sweet potatoes 

  • brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt
  • butter and mini marshmallows
  • Ground beef, bell peppers 
  • Blue cheese, honey, walnuts 
  • Bacon and avocado 
  • Pineapple and ham 
  • Black beans, avocado, and peppers 

With many different options of what you can put in sweet potatoes, it is simply about what you enjoy eating. So get creative and add all your favorite ingredients.

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Ingredients:

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3 sweet potatoes (washed and dried)
15 oz garbanzo beans (washed and drained)
2 oz pomegranate seeds
2 oz coarsely chopped walnuts
Few springs Italian parsley coarsely chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 garlic cloves (minced)
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions

1.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Rub each potato with olive oil and wrap in foil and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes until tender, depending on the size of the potato. You could poke wooden skewers to check if they are cooked.
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Once cooked and cool enough to handle, unwrap and cut in the middle lengthwise but don't cut it all the way. Then season with salt and pepper.
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In the meantime, whisk together the tahini sauce with the pomegranate molasses, minced garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil season with salt and pepper.
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4.
To arrange, mix the garbanzo beans with the pomegranate seeds and the chopped walnut. Fill inside each sweet potato, drizzle with the dressing, top with chopped Italian parsley and enjoy!
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