Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (2024)

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Combine your leftover ham with spinach and cheese to make delicious gluten-free stuffed sweet potatoes that the whole family will love!

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One of the best parts about serving a whole baked Ham at your holiday table is the guarantee that you will most definitely have leftovers!

This year at Thanksgiving, we are planning on having both maple glazed ham and my foolproof roasted turkey!

Since I know I am for sure making my Mom’s famous leftover turkey barley soup with the turkey carcass, I thought why not get creative with the ham instead of the usual soup or egg dish?

The other day, we baked way too many sweet potatoes (cook once, eat twice right!?).

I opened the fridge to see what I could throw together for dinner and it hit me – stuffed sweet potatoes with the leftover ham, some greens, and of course, melted cheese to bring it all together!

I tested this recipe with and without the spinach and I am happy to report that while it works both ways, it’s way better WITH the spinach, the kids think it’s herbs and you get a boost of baby greens.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Baby Spinach
  • Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder)
  • Leftover Ham
  • Shredded Cheese

How to Make Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes. This can be done in advance (up to a couple of days) or right before you want to prepare the dish. If you have an electric pressure cooker, you can make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes to save time.
  2. Prepare your filling. This filling uses leftover (already cooked) ham, baby spinach, and melted cheese so it comes together very quickly once the potatoes are cooked!
  3. Transfer the stuffed sweet potatoes to the oven. Bake until cheese is melted and just golden. That’s it!

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Recipe Tips:

  • You can bake the sweet potatoes in advance (up to 3 days) to save time.
  • You can also freeze these stuffed sweet potatoes (once stuffed) prior to baking and bake from frozen for 60 to 75 minutes at 350.
  • I recommend buying a bag of pre-cleaned baby spinach to save time.
  • If you are a fan of swiss cheese, that is an excellent substitution for the mixed shredded cheese.

Need another idea to use up Leftover Ham? Try these Savory Waffles with Leftover Ham and Cheddar.

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Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time:1 hr 15 mins

Total Time:1 hr 25 mins

Combine your leftover ham with spinach and cheese to make delicious gluten-free stuffed sweet potatoes that the whole family will love!

Course:Lunch, Mains


Keyword:gluten free stuffed sweet potatoes recipe, how to make stuffed sweet potatoes, leftover ham recipes, stuffed sweet potato recipe, what to do with leftover ham

Servings: 4 Servings

Calories: 515 kcal

Author: Alyssa Brantley


  • 4 mediumsweet potatoes
  • 2teaspoonsextra virgin olive oil
  • 8ouncesbaby spinachchopped
  • 1/2teaspoonsalt
  • 1/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1/2poundleftover hamcut into 1/4" cubes
  • 8ouncesshredded cheese blend (mozzarella, Monterrey jack, cheddar)divided


Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350F. Clean potatoes and poke each several times with a fork.

    Place potatoes on a lined baking sheet and bake on center rack for 45 to 50 minutes until tender (they don't have to be 100% cooked at this point as you will continue baking them later but tender enough to cut and scoop out most of the insides).

    NOTE: This step can be done in advance (up to 3 days).


  1. While potatoes are cooking, cut the leftover ham into 1/4" cubes and chop baby spinach.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil and then chopped spinach.

  3. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder and saute spinach 3 to 4 minutes, until wilted. Drain excess liquid and transfer to a mixing bowl.Add chopped ham and 4 ounces of the shredded cheese (save the other 4 ounces for the topping!). Set aside until sweet potatoes are cooked and ready to be scooped out.

  4. Remove cooked sweet potatoes from oven (leave oven on) and use a paring knife to cut an oval on the top about 3/4 of the way deep into the potato, essentially making a "potato boat" or shell to be stuffed.

  5. Transfer the cooked potato insdies (scooped out of each potato) to the bowl with the ham, cheese and cooked spinach.

  6. Mix filling well and stuff 1/4 of filling into each potato "shell", packing tightly.

  7. Top each stuffed potato with 1 ounce of the leftover shredded cheese mixture and place back into the oven for 20 minutes or until filling is heated through and cheese is melted. If desired, broil for the last 2 to 3 minutes to brown cheese. Remove, allow to cool for 3 to 4 minutes, serve and Enjoy!


  • You can bake the sweet potatoes in advance (up to 3 days) to save time.
  • You can also freeze these stuffed sweet potatoes (once stuffed) prior to baking and bake from frozen for 60 to 75 minutes at 350.
  • I recommend buying a bag of pre-cleaned baby spinach to save time.
  • If you are a fan of swiss cheese, that is an excellent substitution for the mixed shredded cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Amount Per Serving (1 stuffed potato)

Calories 515Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 12g75%

Cholesterol 90mg30%

Sodium 1551mg67%

Potassium 1134mg32%

Carbohydrates 49g16%

Fiber 8g33%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 29g58%

Vitamin A 37947IU759%

Vitamin C 21mg25%

Calcium 533mg53%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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UPDATE NOTES: This stuffed sweet potatoes recipe was originally published in November 2017 and was most recently updated in October 2020.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (9)sensed says

    your all recipe is good and I liked it a lot.


    • Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (10)Alyssa Brantley says

      So glad you liked it!


  2. Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (11)Bec says

    Oh em gee! What a fantastic idea for leftover ham, or even Thanksgiving turkey!

    I’m putting this on next week’s menu plan.


    • Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (12)Alyssa Brantley says

      Yay!! You are going to love it!


  3. Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (13)Christina says

    I’m all over these! Absolutely delicious and easy too!


    • Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (14)Alyssa Brantley says

      Thanks Christina! We love quick and easy meals like this!


  4. Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (15)Sarah Robinson says

    Yum! Such a great idea to use the ham and cheese! Thanks for making my lunch time a little more interesting this week! 🙂 I just happen to have everything on hand!


    • Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (16)Alyssa Brantley says

      Nothing like an easy and delish lunch Sarah!


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Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (2024)


What do stuffed sweet potatoes contain? ›

Protein- I typically use turkey meat or ground chicken in my stuffed sweet potatoes for the sole reason of- that's typically what we have on hand! Other options include: ground beef, ground veal or even crumbled tofu, tempeh or lentils! OR skip the ground meat and use black beans!

Why do you soak sweet potatoes before baking? ›

The cold water bath helps rinse the starch off the sweet potatoes so they're a bit more crispy. That said, if you do not have the time, you can still get crispy baked sweet potato fries by using high heat and a little drizzle of olive oil.

Is it better to bake sweet potatoes in foil or not? ›

Wrapping the sweet potatoes in foil ensures that they don't dry out too quickly, and allows you to add aromatics if desired. Unwrapping the sweet potatoes and increasing the oven temperature produces charred, roasted flavors and caramelizes converted sugars.

Is it better to boil sweet potatoes before baking? ›

Absolutely not. While many might choose to parboil the sweet potatoes before cooking for a shorter cooking time, we advise against it. Roasting sweet potatoes bring out their caramelized flavor yet leave the inside soft and custardy.

Do you need to wash sweet potatoes before baking? ›

Sweet potatoes grow in the ground, and skipping the cleaning step means dirt or grit can end up in your sweet potato casserole. Before cooking or cutting sweet potatoes, wash the skins and give them a scrub with a clean vegetable brush.

What pairs well with sweet potatoes? ›

If you're serving your oven baked sweet potatoes as a side dish, pair them with your favorite protein or vegetarian chili. For a topping, stick to butter, Greek yogurt, or sour cream, or try adding a dollop of cilantro lime dressing, tzatziki, chipotle sauce, pesto, guacamole, or a drizzle of tahini sauce.

Should you poke holes in sweet potatoes before baking? ›

Do you have to poke holes in sweet potatoes before baking? Typically holes are poked into a sweet potato to prevent a potato exploding in your oven. However, the chance of that happening is low, and according to Lifehacker, sweet potatoes will retain more flavor if you don't poke them.

What's the best temperature for baking sweet potatoes? ›

Step 2. Bake the sweet potatoes: Arrange the sweet potatoes on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a fork or knife inserted in the thickest part of the potato doesn't meet resistance.

Is it better to microwave or bake a sweet potato? ›

Can You Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Microwave? Yes, you can! In fact, the shorter cook time will help the sweet potatoes retain more nutrients that are often lost in the long oven-baking process. It's not all that different than baking a sweet potato in the oven, except it's a whole lot faster.

What brings out the flavor of sweet potatoes? ›

Browning butter packs in tons of flavor, without dulling the sweet potatoes. Slow-roasting the sweet potatoes activates endogenous enzymes that bring out their natural sweetness. A touch of maple syrup, butter, and a bit of chopped thyme are the only embellishments these naturally sweet sweet potatoes need.

What can I put on sweet potatoes besides butter? ›

Top whatever favorite taco toppings you have on hand: Raw or pickled onions, cilantro, scallions, radishes, sour cream, avocado, and definitely hot sauce. Or make these sweet potatoes with guac, black beans, and queso fresco.

What is contained in sweet potatoes? ›

Source Of
  • Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
  • Vitamin B6.
  • Vitamin C.
  • Potassium.
  • Fiber.

What ingredient is in sweet potato? ›

The main components are starches, which make up 53% of the carb content. Simple sugars, such as glucose, fructose, sucrose, and maltose, comprise 32% of the carb content ( 2 ). Sweet potatoes have a medium to high glycemic index (GI), varying from 44–96.

What are the components of sweet potato? ›

Bioactive carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, conjugated phenolic acids, and minerals represent versatile nutrients in different parts (tubers, leaves, stems, and stalks) of sweet potato.

Are sweet potatoes filled with carbs? ›

‌Sweet potatoes have a lot of carbohydrates. One 5-inch sweet potato has about 26 grams of carbohydrates. In a low-carb diet, one sweet potato has half of the calories from carbohydrates that you may be allowed. But that's still less than the carb content of a white potato: 35 grams, on average.


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