We moved to Palermo, Sicily yesterday.

broccoli and cheddar stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

All we have for food in our cupboard is four granola bars and one watermelon.

An excuse to explore!

broccoli and cheddar stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

And I certainly don’t mind that!

After arriving yesterday we checked out a pizzeria + gelateria that is directly across the street from our flat. We bought dinner for 11.50€ (two drinks, two personal pizzas, and two gelatos) and essentially rolled home.

I also bought a watermelon (that Paul says will be full of worms) for 1€ off the street from a large man with his belly out.

broccoli and cheese stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

We certainly aren’t going to starve here, and I can’t wait to see what this city has to offer us. Sicilian food is said to be some of the tastiest in the world!

broccoli and cheddar stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

When you don’t have very much cookware, meals like this are key.

These sweet potatoes are stuffed with a tex-mex beany cheese sauce and topped with sautéed broccoli and cheddar! So yummy and simple.

broccoli and cheese stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

Currently, we have one pot, one pan, a strainer, and some eating utensils…blogging like this will certainly be interesting, but it’s nice to know I could make this if I wanted to (who needs a food processor when you have really strong squeezing hands)?!


broccoli and cheddar stuffed sweet potatoes // warm vanilla sugar

Anyway, I’m excited to share more about my adventure here in Palermo with you until December.

There will be soooo much food to talk about!

Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4 potatoes


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • red pepper flakes, for sprinkling
  • 19-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • sour cream, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Poke the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and roast them for about 50 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and wait until it sizzles, then add broccoli and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (to your liking). Sauté the broccoli until bright green and tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, mix together the beans, water, cheddar, taco seasoning and sea salt. Taste, and add additional seasonings to suit your preference.
  4. When the sweet potatoes are done, slice them down the middle and mash the inside of the potato a bit.
  5. In each potato, add the bean mixture and then top with broccoli and a bit of cheddar on top. Place the potatoes back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
  6. Enjoy warm with a spoon of sour cream.


-Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks

-Extra potatoes can be stored in plastic wrap for up to three days and re-heated in the microwave.


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20 Responses to Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  1. This looks too good! If less utensils lead to things like this I wholeheartedly approve. It must be a fun challenge having to think on your feet like that! My friends and I managed to find an Italian inspired ice cream parlour last night that sold pistachio ice cream, one of the less popular flavours here in Scotland but a super hit back in Norway, so so good 😀
    I bet the melon will be fine, and maybe we’ll see what you make of it? Unless you do it the good ol’ fashioned way and just eat it eu natural, mmmm 🙂 x

    • katrina says:

      haha, glad we agree. I LOVE pistachio gelato! I haven’t had it in Sicily yet (I only moved here yesterday) but there is still lots of time. Also, I tried the melon this afternoon and it was fantastic! It’s one of those things that’ll be fabulous on its own!

  2. This looks so tasty! Glad you made there safely and I don’t doubt you’ll be eating well. Sometimes a limited kitchen forces you to be more creative, with extra tasty results. Or, there’s always the pizza place across the street lol

  3. This sweet potato looks delicious! So excited to follow along on your journey in Sicily 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    I am soooo looking forward to hearing about all the food you have during your time there!! Glad you guys made it there safely! And these potatoes look amazingggg.

  5. ahu says:

    This post couldnt have come at a better time! All my things are in boxes save for some plastic utensils and foil! This looks great and love hearing about your Italian adventures.

  6. Hold on, you MOVED to Sicily?? I thought this was just a honeymoon!! How exciting!!!

  7. Helen says:

    Looks like we could eat it from the screen. Yummy and good for us.

  8. Sues says:

    Ahh I’m so excited for you and your new home! Can’t wait to hear all about it… In the meantime, this potato looks perfect!

  9. This honestly looks like a wonderful and filling stuffed potato – amazing! Sounds like you two are having a blast in Italy so far and enjoying the delicious food as well 🙂

  10. Amanda says:

    Amazing! I need to make this now!

  11. Linda says:

    How exciting that you are actually living in Sicily! That is where my parents are from and I’ve never visited. I must follow along and read your adventures….and food!

  12. Yum… that looks so good! I’ve been really loving sweet potatoes lately; it must be the change in the seasons!

  13. sippitysup says:

    Oh Sicily must be so thrilled to have you. Make some memories while you’re there. GREG

  14. Joanne says:

    All of my family is from Palermo! SUCH an amazing place. You are going to lOOOOVEEEE it!

    These sweet potatoes – swoon. It’s amazing what you can do with just the most basic of cooking materials.

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