Sweet potatoes

Sunday, February 12, 2012


On Valentine’s Day, many of us will be baking or buying sweets for our loved ones.  And I’m no different.  Andrew, the girls and I will have dinner at home on Tuesday (somewhere between a piano lesson and theory class), and I’ll make sure I end the meal with something sweet to make everyone happy.

But earlier in the day I’ll be serving a sweet that no one but me really likes.  At lunchtime, I usually eat on my own, so it’s a good chance to make something that only I enjoy eating.  And on Valentine’s Day, that will be sweet potatoes.

True, Andrew doesn’t mind sweet potatoes in small doses.  For example, as a modest side dish to whatever the main course is.  But he has never made a meal out of a sweet potato and a little salt, like I have.  And he isn’t the one who wistfully reads sweet potato recipes and dreams of a day when her family will love them as she does.

I didn’t like them as a kid, which is why I still hope to convert my girls. Now, knowing all the health benefits and wonderful taste of sweet potatoes, I can’t imagine feeling any other way.

So for Valentine’s Day lunch, I'll make these delicious sweet potato rounds to enjoy by myself.   And if my family is reading this post, I promise the most romantic thing of all – I won’t serve any of the leftovers to you.

"What's in a name? That which we call a yam
By any other name would taste as sweet."
(with apologies to Juliet Capulet)


Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Goat Cheese and Celery
(adapted from smitten kitchen)

1 1/2 pounds sweet potato, scrubbed, unpeeled, in 3/4" coins
4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup toasted and cooled pecan halves
1 1/2 stalks celery
1 Tbsp dried cranberries
2 ounces firm goat cheese
salt
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp smooth Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat a large baking sheet generously with 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil.  Lay sweet potatoes in one layer on the oiled sheet and sprinkle with salt.  Roast, without disturbing, for 15 to 20 minutes.  Carefully flip each piece.  Sprinkle with additional salt and return the pan to the oven for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the salad.  Chop the pecan halves and the celery and mince the cranberries. Crumble the goat cheese and combine with other ingredients.  In a small dish, whisk together 2 Tbsp olive oil with red wine vinegar and Dijon.  Mix with the salad.  Scoop a spoonful of salad over each sweet potato round and serve.

47 comments:

bakewithjill.com said...

I would join you for lunch and fight you for the leftovers! I'm the only one in my house who likes sweet potatoes too.

Mary said...

I can not get enough sweet potatoes lately! Luckily, my whole family adores them just as much. :)

Valerie said...

Shakespeare would be so proud (and hungry)! :D
These look delightful! I love sweet potato fries and chips, but I confess to never enjoying them in healthier forms. That may change very soon!

Carla Sandrin said...

These look great, Beth! I think my kids would eat them if they knew the recipe came from you.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Carol said...

I would join you, I could make a meal on those. They look delicious. And a nice change for me from just plain old sweet potatoes. Have a happy Valentine's Day!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is an interesting way to present sweet potatoes. I love recipes from SK so I am sure this recipe is a winner.

Belinda said...

Oh boy, guess it IS Valentine's Day. I love this creative way to enjoy something so sweet.

Yummy said...

What delicious toppers!

Claudia said...

Sweet potatoes are often too sweet for me! But I love the tart and the creamy that you brought here. My husband loves these - I wonder if it is possible to make a bouquet out of sweet potatoes????

Lizzy said...

I do the same thing! My lunches are usually foods that no one else enjoys. I'm glad you're treating yourself on Valentine's Day with this most delicious sweet potato (I love all the toppings!).

shaz said...

I adore sweet potatoes, while the rest of the family merely tolerate it. Actually, the youngest hates it, and the only way I can get her to eat without complaining is to hide it in soup and mash :) I will definitely be making myself this dish for lunch one day too. Thank you.

elephanteats said...

Mmmm, I love the goat cheese and pecans on these! I bet some dried cranberries would be awesome with that too. What a great treat :)

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

Sweet Potatoes are a cross I am left to carry on my own as well. But I will be considering these your inadvertent Valentine's Day gift to me, because I so love actioning them when Marcus is out and about. They're always welcome to be a meal on their own.

And, since I know you won't post again until Thursday, Happy Valentine's Day!

Neesie Natters said...

Both my hubby and I love roasted sweet potato but my son isn't too keen, although he will shuffle them around his plate and some do disappear. I haven't found any under the table mats, or our dog lying near the table with a full tummy, so he must eaten them unless he fills his pockets of course?

I think the idea of having a special lunch for yourself for Valentine's Day is a great idea Beth, and one I've decided to adopt.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day! :D

Beth said...

Carla, I wish my girls ate sweet potatoes like your boys do!

And Kat, thanks for the Valentine wishes, and enjoy my gift to you!

Anna said...

Interesting combo! My 1 year old would eat sweet potatoes all day long but my 3 year old only likes regular potatoes...as you might have guessed, I just make both :)

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

What an awesome idea, I love the way they look!

Three-Cookies said...

These actually sound really delicious, esp with nuts and berries. Almost a dessert if you leave out a few things.

Kristen said...

I am in heaven thinking about this dish. I'd never thought to TOP a sweet potato like this.

Rosemary said...

What a wonderful(extra!) way to be celebrating Valentine's Day! A private treat! I'll be remembering this one!

Barbara said...

Those look great, Beth. I love sweet potatoes!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Aarthi said...

This looks yummy..Perfectly made..

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Kitchen Riffs said...

I'm a huge sweet potato lover too. Fortunately my wife enjoys them as well, so my problem is finding new ways to use them! They're terrific in a vegetarian chili (sweet potatoes go so well with spicy). I've not tried them with goat cheese and dried cranberries - that sounds like a wonderful combination. Thanks for the idea!

Cindy said...

I too would have to eat this alone at lunch--but it looks yummy!

grace said...

what a cute post--i love the shout-out to your family at the end. :)
i really enjoy sweet potaters, and this preparation would be a hit with me!

julie said...

I'll be over around noon. :) I'm pretty much the only sweet potato lover in this house as well. Scott will eat them on occasion, but it's a lucky day when I can get the boys to put some down; even sweet potato fries don't go over well. More for us, right?

Pacheco Patty said...

These sweet potatoes have my name all over them!
My favorite 'comfort food' is you guessed it, sweet potatoes, I usually love them baked with meat loaf but I like what you've created here-very much!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Those do look yummy!

My husband's picking up a special Valentine's dinner on his way home from work tomorrow. :D

Miriam said...

Those sweet potatoes look heavenly! I would love to eat lunch with you :)
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Jeanne said...

With goat cheese? Yes please! I never used to like sweet potatoes, but I'm developing a taste for them now. I don't like them by themselves, but I do enjoy them in soup or with plenty of toppings. Happy Valentine's Day!

sally said...

These look like the perfect Valentine's treat to me! YUM!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I love sweet potatoes - my husband does too but we just can't convince our girls that it's like eating dessert! This sounds yummy - love the idea of goat cheese and the pecans in here - yum!

The Golden Eagle said...

Sweet potatoes are the best! :)

comfortablydomestic.com said...

I'm not sure if I could love this post any more. You had me hooked by lumping a Juliet quote and sweet potatoes all in the same post. That is sheer artistry. I am the only one that will make a meal of sweet potatoes in my house, but I've *never* topped them like you did! Happy Valentine's lunch to me. :)

Kayte said...

What a great idea with those little sweet potato rounds. I am going to try these, we love sweet potatoes and with just Mark and I at home now, we could make these easily. They look delicious.

Amy said...

These sweet potatoes look so cute and delicious! I like the topping combination a lot. I am a big fan of sweet potatoes!

Joanne said...

I didnt' like sweet potatoes as a kid either but now I can't get enough...so yes. there's still hope. I've been meaning to make this dish since SK posted it! So yummy.

Raina said...

There are many things I did not like as a kid that I love now. So like you, I am hoping my kids will come around eventually to many of the foods I really enjoy. I adore sweet potatoes and would love them served this way, wonderful contrast of flavors.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

Beth these potatoes look incredible! I love sweet potatoes.

Angie's Recipes said...

I miss sweet potatoes...had lots of them when I was as a kid, but never with goat cheese. Love the idea.

Sarah said...

Oh I just love sweet potatoes and this combination of flavors sounds so, so fantastic!

Jill | Dulce Dough said...

What a lovely sweet potato recipe--such an unexpected yet wonderful combination of ingredients!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I served sweet potatoes for dinner on Valentine's Day too. We love them plain. It surprised me how quickly they cooked when I first started cooking them. I think they are much faster than regular potatoes.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Sweet potatoes are stars and then what a great flavor combination you have! Delicious
mary x

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a delicious way to enjoy sweet potatoes! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with something new. You have a great blog!

Victoria said...

Beth, what a great treat for yourself. These flavors are great! Hope you're doing well! Have a nice weekend.

Kathy said...

I often bake sweet potatoes for my lunch however, I've never added anything that looks so delicious to mine! Must try this! I have just recently gotten my husband to eat sweet potatoes...he loves them cut into fries and baked with olive oil!

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