• 4 medium North Carolina sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapeños)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (if desired)

Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and place on baking sheet. Bake at 425˚F for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. Set aside to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.

Cook the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapeños, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies, salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the cilantro.

Seed avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.

Split the sweet potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket. Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado and a dollop of sour cream if desired. Serves 4.

– Recipe by Mary Leverette • Columbia, South Carolina

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