Savory Recipe for Sweet Potato
I just got some really beautiful sweet potatoes in my CSA box, first of the season. I'm looking for a good savory main dish recipe to use them in. I was thinking about something like a sweet potato gnocchi or casserole, but I'm open to other suggestions.
Sweet potatoes are used a fair amount in Indian cooking. They make a wonderful masala, combining the sweet caramelized taste of the potato with rich spices.
You could also use sweet potato in place of pumpkin (several recent threads) or butternut squash in ravioli, pasta sauces or risotto. It's a little wetter so watch the liquid content in your recipe.
I've been experiment with roasting root vegetables as a side and this past weekend included a couple of sweet potatoes with the potatoes, parsnips and fennel I've used before. It caramelizes beautifully when roasted so really works well by itself or in combination. I love veggies done this way, very simple and earthy but so good.
The most delicious way I have found to eat sweet potatoes is grilled in a foil packet.
I am usually in a hurry, so I have diced the sweet potatoes and zapped them a bit in the microwave to start, but perhaps this is not necessary. Anyway, dice sweet potatoes, or slice, and slice an appropriate amount of onion to go with them. Plenty of salt and pepper. Pats of butter, the more the better (as much as your conscience will allow, eh). Wrap the whole thing up and seal tight in a foil packet, and throw it on the grill. (A large flat packet allows more surface in contact with the grill.) When I had zapped the potatoes, I think I left them on the grill 20 minutes on each side. You want lots of carmelization. This is incredibly delicious.
Once I mixed diced parsnips in with the sweet potatoes, also very excellent.