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Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes: A Side Dish or Pillow for Poached Eggs

1 Mar

Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to side dishes, I gravitate to the quick prep/undisturbed cooking options because pre-dinner, a multitude of other interferences insist attention. Weeknights don’t tend to be the time for fuss. The default is to gather a variety of potatoes and/or veggies, toss them onto a baking sheet, glug on some olive oil and sprinkle with herbs and a seasoning salt before setting in the oven. Although the results hit the high mark sometimes more than others, you’ll get a tasty and reliable side staple regardless.

But something about this sweet potato recipe has me hooked. I made it three times last week. Like the stand-by, preparation is simple and there is no need to monitor, but it has a winning flavor and perfect bite every time.

Sweet Potatoes

Reheated leftovers are just as worthy. Or try with poached eggs! (see recipe below)

Nutritional Information

As an added benefit, this tuber vegetable side dish will up the nutrition quotient of your meal:

Low

  • Calories
  • Sodium
  • Saturated Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Glycemic Index

High

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Beta-Carotine
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Vitamin C

Sweet Potato or Yam?

Surprisingly, both of the above are sweet potatoes. Those yams we think we’re eating at Thanksgiving are more commonly harvested in West Africa are very rarely found in our supermarkets. These two have a slight consistency and taste difference but both work well in this recipe.

Conventional or Organic?

Sweet potatoes are on Environmental Working Groups Clean 15 List so are considered less likely to be contaminated by pesticides. Their strong outer layer would seem to provide a sufficient boundary, but this  video-gone-viral of a little girls’ science experiment could give you pause next time you purchase them. She attempts to grow roots in jars using non-organic, conventional organic and local organic sweet potatoes. I think I’ll be adding a plus one to EWG’s Dirty Dozen List.

For more information on the experiment and Bud Nip, click here.

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Servings: 6-8View or Print Recipe Only

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into uniform sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup water

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a baking dish or on a sheet pan. Lining with foil will minimize clean up.
  3. Melt butter either in a microwave safe measuring cup or in a small saucepan.
  4. Add rosemary, garlic, 
salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat potatoes and spread 
into a single layer.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and top with parmesan cheese.
  6. Add water to baking dish.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.

Adapted from It’s a Keeper

Poached Eggs and Bacon/Spinach Over Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet PotatoesINGREDIENTS

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Leftover)
  • Eggs
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Spinach (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Begin heating a few inches of water in a frying pan.
  2. While waiting, start bacon and/or spinach. See instructions here for cooking bacon in the microwave or oven or on the stovetop. See instructions here for sautéing spinach.
  3. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar to the water which helps to keep the eggs intact.
  4. Break the first egg into a small bowl.
  5. Just as the water is starting to lightly simmer but before it comes to a full boil, turn down the flame to keep it minimally bubbling.
  6. Begin swirling the water with a spoon and gently slide the bowl into the water letting the egg slip out. Add the remaining eggs to the bowl one at a time and repeat the process. (If the white seems to be spreading significantly, you can gently push toward the yolk with a spoon or spatula.)
  7. When done placing the eggs to the water, set the timer for 3 minutes and line a plate with a paper towel.
  8. After 3 minutes, check the eggs. Remove when the whites have set, up to 1 minute more.
  9. Gently remove from the water with a slotted spoon onto the paper towel. If not serving immediately, remove the eggs at 3 minutes when they’re slightly underdone (whites aren’t floating and are close to set.) Place in a bowl of cold water, cover and put in the refrigerator. Reheat for a minute in lightly simmering water.
  10. Heat the potatoes in a microwave or oven. Place on a plate, top with bacon and/or or spinach, slip poached eggs on top.
  11. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Thanksgiving Leftover Sauté with Poached Eggs

30 Nov

Hopefully you haven’t polish off all of the stuffed Tupperware containers yet. Brighten up that last long weekend morning with poached eggs on leftover sauté. This particular blend combines stuffing, sweet potatoes and creamed spinach with a bit of crumbed, cooked bacon sprinkled on top. But almost any leftover combo will work. Place an egg on top for an irresistible breakfast. Or lunch.

You can find general recipe directions at the bottom of this post although I recommend sautéing your ingredients in melted butter in a frying pan. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Leftover Eggs

 

Thanksgiving Feasting Favorites

24 Nov

Although tradition dominates the Thanksgiving feast, leaving little room for variation much less something entirely new, here are a few favorites and tips to stir up inspiration prior to the big week ahead.

COOKING THE BIRD

For a turkey deep in flavor and a moist, yet firm consistency, try following the award-winning Judy Bird technique inspired by the roast chicken made famous by the late Judy Rodgers at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. (See my post here about the chef, her philosophy and restaurant and her recipe for Salmon with White Beans, Bacon and Red Wine.)

NOTE: I do not follow Step 7 and start the bird in the oven breast side down.

Sage and Bay Salt Dry Brine
Sage and Bay Salt Dry Brine

The turkey is dry brined for three days although I have done it for much less with equally good results. Here is a tasty dry brine recipe.

APPETIZERS

Ellen's Nuts
Ellen’s Nuts
Rustic Bakery Meyer Lemon and Chickpea Spread
Meyer Lemon and Chickpea Spread, recipe from Rustic Bakery
Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
Baked Rosemary Beet Chips, by Minimalist Baker
Crab Cake Bites
Crab Cake Bites, from Savory Simple
Artichokes
from The Real Deal Marin

 ACCOMPANIMENTS

Tyler Florence Mashed Potatoes
Tyler Florence Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Creamed Pearl Onions
Thomas Keller’s Creamed Pearl Onion, via Smitten Kitchen
Ina Garten Spinach Gratin
Ina Garten Spinach Gratin via The Food Network

STOCK and GRAVY

How to Make Stock, A video tutorial with simple instructions from Mario Batali on Food 52.

How to Make Gravy, from The New York Times Cooking

DESSERT

Although no dessert would be shunned, Apple Pie is a must. If you have any doubt, read this, and you may get lured into making it a regular closer to your feast too, if it isn’t already.

    Butter Pie Crust, from Epicurious

    Crust Tipsfrom Joy the Baker

    THE Apple Pie, inspired by Kierin Baldwin

    Ala Mode, a basic vanilla ice cream recipe

    Best Apples for Piefrom Baking Bites

LEFTOVERS

Thanks Benedict on Stuffing Cakes with Sage Hollandaise, by Giada De Laurentiis
Thanks Benedict on Stuffing Cakes with Sage Hollandaise, by Giada De Laurentiis
Turkey Tetrazzini
Turkey Tetrazzini, from The Real Deal Marin 
Loaded Turkey Panini
Loaded Turkey Panini, from Pinch of Yum

 (This is a good framework that you can alter based on what you have leftover.)

If you try one of these recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments section below. Or take a photo and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #realdealmarin.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving: Recipes, Gadgets and Food News

26 Nov

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EAT

TURKEY

Local Diestel Ranch birds do have that idyllic image tied in. But being fed a 100% vegetarian diet milled right there at the farm and slowly raised in the Sierra Nevada Foothills does increase the price tag.

Diestel

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Check out this interesting breakdown of what it costs to bring that turkey from farm to feast. A true bargain.

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Recipe Index

10 Sep

Appetizers / Hors d’oeuvres

Meyer Lemon Chickpea Spread

Meyer Lemon Chickpea Spread

Ellen's Nuts

Ellen’s Nuts

Beef

Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie

Juicy Slider

Juicy Slider

Sausage, Spinach Tomato Pasta

Sausage, Spinach Tomato Pasta

Breakfast/Brunch

Sausage Veggie Strata

Sausage Veggie Strata

Tomato Basil Strata

Tomato Basil Strata

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Chicken/Turkey

Simplest Chicken

Simplest Chicken

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Warm Chicken Salad

Warm Chicken Salad

Veggie Chicken Stir Fry

Veggie Chicken Stir Fry

Best Roast Chicken

Best Roast Chicken

Herb Chicken

Herb Chicken with Aioli

Brine

Brine

Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie

Tomato and Chicken Galettes

Tomato and Chicken Galettes

Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini

Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini

Dessert

Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Cookies/Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Todd English Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pecan Pie Bars and Other Christmas Cookies

Pecan Pie Bars and Other Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Brownies

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Fruit

Make Ahead Crisp Topping

Make Ahead Crisp Topping

Peach Strawberry Crisp

Peach Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Ice Cream

Toasted Almond Ice Cream

Toasted Almond Ice Cream

Creamy Homemade Ice Cream

Creamy Homemade Ice Cream

Fish

Salmon with Beans, Bacon and Red Wine

Salmon with Beans, Bacon and Red Wine

Grilled Salmon Marinade

Grilled Salmon Marinade

Tuna with Mushroom Sauce

Tuna with Mushroom Sauce

Pasta

Sausage Spinach Tomato Pasta

Sausage Spinach Tomato Pasta

Shrimp Saute with Tomatoes and Kale Over Quinoa

Shrimp Saute with Tomatoes and Kale Over Quinoa

Pork

Brine

Brine

Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Salads

Kale Brussels Sprouts Salad

Kale Brussels Sprouts Salad

Warm Chicken Salad

Warm Chicken Salad

Sandwiches

The Mini Panini

The Mini Panini

Soup/Stews/Chili

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Pasta Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Pasta Soup

Snacks

Breads

Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cinammon Bread

Cinammon Bread

Vegetables

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Zucchini and Tomato Saute

Zucchini and Tomato Saute

Zucchini with Parmesan

Zucchini with Parmesan

Broccoli Two Ways

Broccoli Two Ways

 Tomato and Chicken Galettes

Tomato and Chicken Galettes

 Pan Roasted Artichokes

Pan Roasted Artichokes

Zucchini, Mushroom and Tomato Roasted Casserole

Zucchini, Mushroom and Tomato Roasted Casserole