Recipe: Savory Sweet Potatoes

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Savory sweet potatoes: easy and delicious, with a crispy, cheesy topping. Fantastic!

Sweet potatoes are a great favorite in our house. Here, a recipe that makes a great vegetable accompaniment to any meal at any time of the year, but especially resonates on a chilly fall day.

3 medium sweet potatoes

1 Tbsp. salt

8 oz. sour cream

2 tsp. garlic salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

1Tbsp. Szechuan seasoning (alternative: 1 Tbsp. roasted ground cumin)

1 cup finely chopped cilantro

¾ cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

For the topping:

1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

1 tsp. sea salt

½ cup Japanese-style bread crumbs (such as Panko)


Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1 x 2 inch disks.  Bring to boil a pot of water with the tablespoon of salt in it.  When the water is boiling, add the potatoes and boil them until tender, 15-18 minutes. Drain them and allow them to cool until they can be handled.  Mill them with a potato ricer or (much harder) mash them with a fork, in a large mixing bowl.  [A note on mashing root vegetables, in case you didn’t already know this: they need to be mashed or milled and not processed in a machine, which breaks the cell walls and releases their starches, resulting in runny vegetables instead of the nice fluffy potatoes we are looking for.  A potato ricer is a handy gadget and not at all expensive; it’s a great investment or gift.]

Add the sour cream, the spices, the cilantro and the parmesan, and combine well.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping (which, by the way, is a great staple you can use on many dishes, for example baked pasta dishes like tetrazinnis).  Spoon the potatoes into a deep baking dish, sprinkle the topping over them, then bake at 300 degrees for one hour before serving.





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