FYI: A baked sweet potato has 700% of your daily Vitamin A!!!
We usually make them into fries (baked), or sometimes we grill them, but tonight was a new recipe, courtesy of Cooking Light:
|Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots|
3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 2 large)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add shallots to pan, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with sugar; cook 20 minutes or until shallots are golden, stirring occasionally.
- Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 8 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place potatoes in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add rosemary, salt, and pepper; beat until blended. Spoon into a bowl; top with shallots, and drizzle with remaining 2 teaspoons oil.
Fat:6.3g (sat 0.9g,mono 4.5g,poly 0.9g)
These could not be more delicious!!!
The sweet potatoes I buy that are labeled as such in the store are actually whitish-yellow, but the picture in the Cooking Light article showed the dish as orange - which is what we (me and Fred Meyers) call yams. So I used both - and I doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers, so I used 3 sweet potatoes and 2 yams.
I have no experience with shallots and when I went grocery shopping, I had only written down "shallots" on my list...so I bought one which came in a clove-like thing with two "cloves", so I thought that might be considered two shallots....but then I thought that it was still one shallot technically, so with doubling my recipe, I ended up 3 shallots short. I substituted my missing shallots with a white onion.
The shallots were pretty greasy-seeming so I didn't drizzle oil on the potatoes before serving. I don't think we really missed out by skipping this step.
This was much more time/work for sweet potatoes than I usually invest, but absolutely worth it!!
And this makes me wonder....what other amazing foods are out there that I don't make because I don't want to invest the time?
Granted, I am not usually in the mood to spend an extra 20 minutes making dinner - but for those times when I'm in the mood, I am going to take advantage! Stay tuned for more great recipes!
What are your favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes?
You don't know of one? Please do yourself a favor and try them!! I was doubtful of them at first, but they are so healthy and a great taste.