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Oven Baked Cheesy Sweet Potatoes

These Cheesy Sweet Potatoes only require 6 ingredients and are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. A cheesy and buttery outside combines with a soft and sweet inside that will tantalize your tastebuds. 

Cheesy sweet potatoes on an oven tray

Goood morning! I’ve made it out for morning runs two out of the three days this week.

That’s a big deal for me, because I am typically NOT a morning running person. But I kinda like it.

What I’m finding is that I feel more energized throughout the day, and I’m not having to spend mental time figuring out when/if I’ll get a workout in.

We were also eating plenty of these smashed sweet potatoes, which are basically like mini cheesy baked potatoes. 

PSA: I have an extreme obsession and love for sweet potatoes.  They’re so versatile, so tasty and so nutrient-dense. There are so many great sweet potato recipes for kids and adults, alike. 

Some of my favorite ways to use them:

stack of sweet potato breakfast cookies with chocolate chips on blue wooden board

But, honestly, I haven’t made too many sweet potato and cheese recipes. And I’m wondering why the heck not know that I know they are basically a match made in heaven. 

Ingredients For This Sweet Potato Cheese Recipe

Obviously, these cheesy garlic sweet potatoes require the essentials:

  • sweet potatoes
  • butter
  • garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • paprika
  • cheese of choice

How to Smash Your Sweet Potatoes

So, the key for these Cheesy Sweet Potatoes is to try to find sweet potatoes that are similar in size, to ensure similar depth and size in the coins.

Once you cut and cook them, you’ll smash them with your fork. Or make any other shape/indentation you want to. 

Just make some indentations for the butter goodness to seep into.

And now you have an empty palate for which you can stuff anything your heart desires into (garlic, oil, fruit, chocolate, nuts…the opportunities are endless)!

Cheesy sweet potatoes before adding the cheese

Then, you’ll add your cheese and throw them in the oven for 15-20 minutes to get crispy.

I added more cheese with a few minutes left, because who is opposed to more cheese?

More flavor, more calcium, and more protein.

Crispy, cheesy sweet potatoes fresh out of the oven

Cheesy Sweet Potatoes Hack If You’re Short On Time

Oh, and my trick here is that I microwave my sweet potatoes when I’m short on time.

Rather than waiting for the oven to preheat and baking them for 30 minutes, I pop them in the microwave for 6-7 minutes.

My microwave method isn’t ideal if you’re looking for crispy sweet potato fries (use this method, similar to my crispy parsnip fries), but it’s a speedy method for some quick prep.

I would imagine you could even grill these for some more flavor.

Hope you guys enjoy these buttery, cheesy sweet potatoes as much as we did! We paired them with some burgers and asparagus for a nice outdoor meal.

Cheesy sweet potatoes - the final result!

Another fun way to use sweet potatoes is by making these bacon wrapped sweet potatoes!

Smashed sweet potatoes on baking sheet

Cheesy Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These Cheesy Sweet Potatoes only require 6 ingredients and are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. A cheesy and buttery outside combines with a soft and sweet inside that will tantalize your tastebuds.


  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese + 1-2 tbsp for topping (I used cheddar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook sweet potatoes until they are tender. You can microwave them for 5-7 minutes, or bake for 25-30 minutes.
  2. While sweet potatoes are cooking, melt butter and mix with garlic and spices.
  3. Cut sweet potato into coin shapes, smash with a fork and arrange on your baking sheet.
  4. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, garnish with some more cheese, and broil on low for 2 more minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

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  1. Confession: I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes. And I did give them several tries. However, your recipe sounds like it would be equally as delicious with regular potatoes. Also: more cheese = more calcium?! I like this dietitian-approved advice for more cheesy goodness.

  2. Definitely with you on loving sweet potatoes! So versatile and nourishing; and your recipe is awesome! I also love your manicure 🙂

  3. Buttery and cheddar? Those sound so good together with a sweet potato.

    It’s kind of comforting hearing that I’m not the only one who isn’t a true morning runner. I just usually take my time in the morning, but during the summer I like to do more running runs because the afternoons are so warm.

    1. I’m trying to do more running in the morning because it frees up my day, but it definitely doesn’t come naturally. Although, I’m with you in the summer months!

  4. Oh cool! I’ve never done a smashed potato but they always look fun. Always up for a new way to eat my beloved sweet tater.

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