Tag: sweet potato

Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Yogurt

I hope everyone enjoyed a festive and fun Thanksgiving and is ready to move into December and the inevitable holiday rush.  Even with warmer than normal temperatures, another inevitable thing is the slow down in seasonal fresh vegetables.  It is also an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, be creative and try something new.  There is no reason to give up eating local and fresh, when you can just try some new combos of flavors that maybe you would have bypassed if it wasn’t the fifth time you were having sweet potatoes this week…This recipe (and the others on the link) is such a recipe.  It is vibrant and beautiful on the plate as well as your palate; hitting all of the sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and maybe even a little umami notes.  Happy experimenting!

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Not panicking, really…well, maybe a little.  Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away!!! It snuck up on me a bit (as I knew it would, due to the fall vacation,) but I am feeling like I can still pull it all together, kinda.  I made a tentative menu this week and have ordered the turkey that I want, so that part is under control.  I know the potatoes that I want to have, still looking for green veggie recipes and had decided on dessert.  Then, I saw this recipe and thought; well maybe two desserts, who needs green vegetables anyway (me, after 2.5 weeks of vacation food.)  Still, I am sorely tempted to make this.  I do love a good cheesecake and how southern that it is with sweet potatoes.  I will keep you posted, but just in case anyone is looking for a show stopper dessert…let me tempt you.

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Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette

As the temperatures go up, our access to root vegetables goes down, so before it gets too hot, why not enjoy the abundant carrots and sweet potatoes that our farmers have to offer. I love this recipe for a lot of reasons: first, it really shows off vegetables that tend to play second fiddle in recipes or are an afterthought in a meal. Second, a galette is like a freeform pie. It is not meant to be perfect looking, but rustic, so if something does not crimp correctly or leaks, who cares; that is what you were going for and third, it uses whole wheat flour and veggies that are really good for you, so… you could consider it (wait for it) healthy pie! 😀

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

As the holiday season comes to a close, along with 2016, our thoughts turn to new beginnings and for some resolutions for the coming year. Rather than resolutions, I choose to set goals for the new year and some of those goals surround food. For me, the food goals tend to be recipe challenges; i.e. foods that I have never prepared or recipes that are somewhat involved, etc. In 2015 one of my recipe challenges was to make homemade marshmallows. I ended up doing that in December and gifting them to people along with homemade cocoa powder. For 2016, sweet potato gnocchi was a goal. I (re) found this recipe in November and decided that it would be perfect for Christmas Eve dinner this year and it was. The gnocchi’s were perfect little pillows of yummy deliciousness and I highly recommend you give this one a go. I did not deviate from the recipe, except that once the gnocchi were formed, I separated them onto two parchment lined trays, froze one and then just kept the other at room temperature until 15 minutes before dinner. They were so good that we could have eaten both trays, but now we will have a lovely dinner on a cold January night instead. Happy New Year!

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Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin

Even though we have been experiencing another burst of summer weather, I feel like we are truly in fall. Fall, to me, means winter squash, sweet potatoes, soup, and casserole type recipes with a healthy serving of pork thrown in; I am southern born and bred after all…;-) In Tennessee, it has been a wee bit cooler than Georgia and South Carolina, so I actually made this last Sunday and served it with some stuffed pork chops. It checks off a lot of my fall hit list; sweet potatoes, pork, goes in the oven, plus takes a known recipe and kind of turns it on its ear. It was not a disappointment and heats up quite well for leftovers. This recipe calls for pancetta, an Italian style rolled bacon that Savannah River Farms does a lovely rendition of, but you could also use regular bacon instead. I do think the muffin tin cooking idea is quite ingenious, but I made it in a rectangular casserole dish (as you would a regular gratin,) since it was just the two of us, but did increase the cooking time by about 10 minutes in each step, until it was brown on top and bubbly. Whichever method of cooking you decide to employ, I know this will be a big hit in your house like it was in mine.

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Sweet Potato Hash with Caramelized Onions, Sausage & Eggs

I seemed to be on a bit of a breakfast/brunch kick, but in all honesty, I have had this for dinner as well. There is not much better than sweet potatoes flavored with pork product and a perfectly cooked egg on top…YUMMMM!!! I have also done this with half regular potatoes and subbed in pork belly or homemade corned beef. This meal is great any time of year, but particularly when there is a bit of chill in the air. So get out your iron skillet and take advantage of all of the potato, sausage, and egg choices the market has to offer. Make this for two or for a crowd. You will be glad that you did!

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