Sweet potato “crostini” with roasted beets, figs, cashews and feta


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This recipe is great for a gluten-free vegetarian appetizer or party food.  The sweet potato base replaces a cracker or piece of toast in a more traditional appetizer, and the combination of roasted beets, feta, figs or dates, and cashews adds a sweet and salty flavor that is great for the fall or winter season.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large beet
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or yams (I used yams, but sweet potatoes would have been better, I think)
  • about 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped dates or figs (dried or fresh, if available)
  • 1/2 cup cashews or walnuts
  • drizzle of honey or maple syrup for sweetness
  • olive oil and balsamic for roasting the beets

Directions:

  • Peel and chop the beets and toss in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper
  • Wrap beets in tin foil and bake in the oven for ~40 minutes on 400 degrees or until tender
  • Scrub and slice yams or sweet potatoes in 1/2″ thick slices, leaving the skin on

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  • Bake sweet potatoes on a lightly oiled cookie sheet (or oiled foil) in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.  You may wish to brush the tops with oil to brown them as well.
  • In a food processor, pulse the roasted beets, feta cheese, cashews or walnuts, and chopped dates or figs.  I added a drizzle of maple syrup (honey would work, too) to moisten the mixture a bit.  Reserve a little cheese and figs or dates to garnish.
  • Top each slice of sweet potato with a spoonful of the beet mixture, and garnish with feta/figs

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  • Using a salt grinder, add a very small amount of sea salt over each potato slice
  • Drizzle just a touch of maple syrup over the sweet potato / beets and serve warm

If you make extra, keep the beets/feta mixture separate from the potato slices.  Heat potato slices in the toaster oven and warm the beet mixture for 15-20 seconds in the microwave and combine.

Enjoy!

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January 6, 2013
Food, Recipe

 
 

Sweet Potato-curried vegetables


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This post is more of a concept post than a recipe.
I make a lot of stir fries as I’m a big fan of one-pot meals.  I don’t necessarily mean you cook it in one pot only (though that would be ideal), but rather that everything in the meal is combined into one dish.  Not a main part with sides, etc.

The idea behind this post is that you can make a creamy curry-esque dish that is low fat, without the cream, by using something as simple as yams or sweet potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic, Ginger, Leek (the Trifecta of Awesomeness)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Optional lentils
  • Curry seasonings: Curry powder, paprika, turmeric, salt, pepper, garam masala etc.
  • Hot sesame oil

Directions:

Saute the garlic, and leek in a wok with some hot sesame oil if you have it.  If not, use another oil for frying (grapeseed oil for instance).

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sauteed vegetables

Add your vegetables (any vegetables will do, it’s a stir fry/curry.  I used green beans, zucchini and fennel, because that’s what I had).
Add ginger and continue to saute, adding curry seasonings of your preference, until crispy but cooked.

 

In the meantime, boil  or use a pressure cooker to cook some sweet potatoes or yams, optionally adding a sprig of fresh rosemary for flavor.  In this instance I added some red lentils to the batch, but for some reason they turned out not to be red at all after cooking.  Not sure what happened.

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Boiled sweet potatoes and lentils with rosemary

Once soft, mash the potatoes / lentils into a creamy texture.

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sweet potato mash

Combine the mash with the sauteed vegetables and serve.

The mashed yams are sweet and creamy in texture.  It’s just a twist on an everyday stir fry or curry recipe.   Yum!

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sweet potato-curried vegetables

May 9, 2011
Food, Recipe