Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet Potato-y Goodness

I LOVE sweet potatoes - especially this time of year. They're warm, slightly sweet and can be used in a ton of great recipes - from basic to complex.

I'm including a few of my favorites below. Feel free to mix and match based on whatever works best for you.

For babies (6-12 months): sweet potato puree
For toddlers (1 year and up): apple slices with "'tato dip"
For mommies (of any age): chunky sweet potato fries, sweet potato soup, pita and potato dip

Ingredients:
- 2 sweet potatoes
- An apple
- Olive oil
- Celtic sea salt
- 1 cup of vegetable broth (for soup recipe only)
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions (if using "fry" or "pita" mommy recipes):
- Preheat oven to 350
- Slice one sweet potato into "fry-size" pieces (I usually cut them pretty thick to save time - about 1/3 of an inch thick)
- Line cookie-sheet with parchment paper
- Put potatoes into a ziploc bag, add approximately a teaspoon of olive oil and a Tablespoon or so of Celtic sea salt. Shake all ingredients until well-coated.
- Empty contents of bag onto parchment paper.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes, for tender-crisp fries, or slightly longer if you want them a little crispier.
- While fries are baking, bring a few cups of water in a saucepan to a boil on the stove.
- Chop 2nd potato into small pieces.
- Boil potato pieces until they can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Add pieces to food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- For baby, wait until mixture is cool and serve.
- For toddler, wait until mixture is cool and add sprinkles of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Slice apples and serve as a "dip."
- For mommy, either serve fries warm or use the leftover puree "dip" from toddler's snack to eat with pita bread. If you warm the pita bread before serving, it tastes fantastic!

Directions (if using "soup" mommy recipe):
- Chop both sweet potatoes into small chunks.
- In a saucepan, combine about a third of the vegetable broth, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer while you're preparing baby's and/or toddler's dishes.
- In a second saucepan, bring about a cup and a half of water to a boil.
- Boil remaining potato pieces until they can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Add pieces to food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- For baby, wait until mixture is cool and serve.
- For toddler, wait until mixture is cool and add sprinkles of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Slice apples and serve as a "dip."
- For mommy, serve soup in a soup bowl, with a side of crusty bread or some crackers.

Bon apetit!

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  2. My family loves this.Thanks for sharing the different ways you can make with them.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this sweet potato widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about sweet potato,Thanks!

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  3. This recipe is so lovely and easy to make. I love to turn the sweet potato into salty/savory foods and serve them with garlic bread. Thanks for the recipe. One recipe for all families. Nice idea :)

    How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

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