Shredded Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We’re  keeping it super simple with Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes but don’t think that this means it’s simple in flavor. The combination of the savory pork with the almost butter Japanese sweet potato is a match made in flavor heaven!

top down shot of stuffed sweet potatoes

We are continuing our two-for-one series but this time, I’m switching up the protein. If you’re just tuning in, what I mean when I say “two-for-one” you get to take one main ingredient and spread it across two meals, saving some time and energy. Next week we’ll step into the tex-mex realm using the second half to make Carnitas Fajita Bowls, but this week it’s Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes I freeze half the protein and make one of the meals at a later date and then other times I make both at once and eat one for dinner and make the other for lunch for the week, it’s the dish that keeps on giving!

How To Make These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Step By Step

  1. Drizzle the olive oil over your pork and even spread your seasonings.
  2. Sprinkle the fresh garlic and onion over the top.
  3. Place in a crockpot on low for 5-6 hours until it easily shreds apart.
  4. Completely shred pork and then place back in the crockpot liquid (trust me, this is the good stuff).
  5. Set oven to 400 degrees and bake the japanese potatoes for 1 hour or until a knife can easily pierce depending on the size.
  6. Salt and Pepper (and butter, if you’re like my husband) your potato
  7. Take half of your pulled pork with the liquid and place in a glass airtight container and freeze or refrigerate.
  8. Top each potato with a mound of the shredded pork and fresh oregano.

ingredients for stuffed sweet potatoes pork in crockpot

What Kind Of Potatoes Are Best?

Okay, so let’s first talk potatoes. This recipe can absolutely be used with a sweet potato, a russet potato BUT let me  introduce you to the Japanese Sweet Potato (if you haven’t already indulged in this delight). This has recently become a favorite in our household. My personal description would be a cross between a sweet potato and regular potato.

I know, I know it sounds kind of strange but oh man. It’s like the perfect delicious middle ground. They have a brown or red skin and whitish flesh that turns yellow upon cooking. The Japanese sweet potato has a buttery, almost squash-like flavor that is divine and the texture is a little bit closer to a russet potato.

Not only are these unique and so yummy, they’re chock full of nutrition. Topped with this super easy shredded pork and paired with your favorite side, this meal may just make it on your go-to list of favorite recipes.

shredded pork placing pork onto potato

Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

What I really love about this recipe is that I can quickly throw it together in the morning and then by dinner time, I have not one yummy meal ready but I’m prepped for two! Plus there’s lots of room for making it your own.

What To Serve With These Stuffed Potatoes

You can also add some chickpeas, roasted broccoli, or top with avocado to add something extra to your pork. I like to keep it simple with some fresh oregano, a drizzle of hot sauce and a side of my favorite roasted curried cauliflower.

 

roasted cauliflower

Top Tips For These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Pork shoulder or pork butt works best for shredding.
  • Look for symmetry. A sweet potato with symmetry is going to bake evenly and have an even flavor.  You won’t get parts of the sweet potato that are dry while other parts are watery.
  • You can freeze the leftover stuffing for later use. For recipe number two, Crispy Carnitas Fajita Bowls, click here.
  • Garnish with oregano and hot sauce.

top down shot stuffed sweet potato

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Have you tried these Stuffed Sweet Potatoes? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Two-for-One Recipes || Shredded Pork Stuffed Japanese Potatoes

What I really love about this recipe is that I can quickly throw it together in the morning and then by dinner time, I have not one yummy meal ready but I’m prepped for two! (The second recipe will be Carnitas Fajita Bowls, tune in next week for the recipe)
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Japanese
Keyword loaded potatoes, shredded pork, stuffed potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 Stuffed Potatoes
Calories 363kcal
Author Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt or any cut that has good fat in it
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water can work too
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Garnish: Fresh Oregano or hot sauce

Instructions

  • Drizzle the olive oil over your pork and even spread your seasonings.
  • Sprinkle the fresh garlic and onion over the top.
  • Place in a crockpot on low for 5-6 hours until it easily shreds apart.
  • Completely shred pork and then place back in the crockpot liquid (trust me, this is the good stuff).
  • Set oven to 400 degrees and bake the japanese potatoes for 1 hour or until a knife can easily pierce depending on the size.
  • Salt and Pepper (and butter, if you’re like my husband) your potato
  • Take half of your pulled pork with the liquid and place in a glass airtight container and freeze or refrigerate.
  • Top each potato with a mound of the shredded pork and fresh oregano.

Notes

If you’d like to pair it with roasted cauliflower, this is the recipe I used: https://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-roast-cauilflower/

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

 

 

 

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  1. This pork looks so amazingly good – and easy! I’d love it if you shared it at our What’s for dinner party!

    http://www.lazygastronome.com/whats-for-dinner-sunday-link-up-171/

  2. Jessica

    10/11/2018

    This looks delicious! And so easy too!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  3. This looks so good!! I wish it wasn’t so hard to find humanely raised pork since I miss eating it!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated






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