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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Barbecue Black Beans
and coleslaw / cheesy corn / watermelon

Active: 55 Total: 55

Tonight's barbecue-inspired meal is perfect for a summer evening. Thanks to some quick side dishes, this meal fits right in on a weeknight or a weekend celebration. 
Smarts: Cheesy baked corn is a Kansas City specialty. It's quite rich, so we've kept the portions small. We prefer the flavor and texture of canned corn here, but feel free to use fresh or frozen corn if you prefer.



  • Watermelon - 1 lb , cubes or wedges
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Barbecue Black Beans:
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Sweet potatoes, medium - 4 , halved lengthwise
  • Beans, black (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Barbecue sauce - 1/2 cup , plus extra for serving
  • Mayonnaise - 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 12 oz
Cheesy Corn:
  • Garlic - 1 clove , chopped
  • Cheese, cheddar - 2 oz + 1 oz , shredded
  • Corn, canned (15 oz / 497 g) - 1 can , drained (sub ~2 cups fresh or frozen corn)
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Milk, any type - 3/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Mayonnaise - 1 Tbsp


  1. Make spice mix - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Combine smoked paprika (portion for barbecue beans), chili powder, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and black pepper (portion for barbecue beans). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Sweet potatoes - Slice in half lengthwise. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Garlic / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Watermelon - Slice into wedges or cubes for serving. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  5. Make coleslaw - Stir together mayonnaise (portion for coleslaw), yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey in a large mixing bowl. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Add coleslaw mix and fold everything together until evenly combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  6. Beans / Corn - Drain and rinse beans. Drain corn.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil or brush with some oil.

  2. Rub sweet potato halves on all sides with first portion of cooking oil. Place potatoes cut-side down on one half of the sheet pan. Season the tops with some salt. Transfer to the oven and roast until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, ~30 minutes.

  3. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, toss the beans with second portion of cooking oil and the spice mix and spread them out on the second half of the sheet pan (if the potatoes and beans are too crowded, use two pans).

  4. When sweet potatoes are finished and beans are warmed through, cover the pan to keep them warm and preheat the oven's broiler.

  5. Place an 8” to 10” (20 cm to 25 cm) broiler-safe skillet over medium heat and add butter. When butter is melted, add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  6. Add corn and continue to cook until corn is warmed through, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  7. Add flour, smoked paprika (portion for corn), and black pepper (portion for corn) and stir until no dry spots remain.

  8. Slowly pour in milk and stir until smooth. Continue to cook until thickened and bubby, 2-3 minutes more.

  9. Remove from heat (direct heat will turn the cheese grainy) and stir in sugar, mayonnaise (portion for corn), and first portion of cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. You can add another splash of milk here if the mixture seems too thick. Season to taste with some salt.

  10. Sprinkle second portion of cheese over top and place the pan under the broiler. Broil 4-5 minutes or until bubbly and beginning to brown in spots.

  11. Remove coleslaw from refrigerator and give it a stir.

  12. Divide sweet potato halves between serving plates. Gently mash with a fork and top with beans and barbecue sauce.

  13. Serve sweet potatoes and beans with coleslaw, cheesy corn, and watermelon on the side. Enjoy!



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