A challenge? Or possibly just begging for help....
- ForkSpoonandKnife Sep 25, 2009 03:12 PM
I am perplexed, friends. Anyone have any delectable ideas for some sort of tasty sandwich that could be made with sweet potato biscuits? And here's the kicker......vegetarian? I know, I know....us damned vegetarians.
I really would appreciate any ideas, though. Mark Bittman's sweet potato biscuits are so wonderful and I'm making them for a crowd and would love to make some sort of tiny biscuit sandwiches. I was thinking something salty maybe?
Any ideas shall be paid for handsomely. In thank you's, that is.
What came to my mind first was roasted eggplant with a nice garlicky cheese. You could roast some tomatoes, red peppers, green peppers and squash too...mix it up a bit. I love roasted veggies and they are excellent at room temp.
I like the idea of milder vegetables here, so that the sweet potato flavor can shine. I agree with sedimental re the eggplant and was also thinking of grilled zucchini, and yes to sedimental's idea re the cheese. Then I'd maybe finish it with some kind of mayo. A cumin-oregano mayo, or something as simple as good quality freshly ground pepper and lemon zest, would go great with the veggies, but someone who knows sweet potatoes better than I do would have to decided about the cumin with the biscuits. Go lightly on the herbs and spices, though...subtle. Since you love the biscuits and they're the reason you want to make the sandwiches, let them be the stand-out.
Editing this add that it just occurred to me that a *small* addition of thinly sliced, caramelized or grilled MILD, sweet onion, such as Vidalia, might be nice a nice topper to the zucchini and eggplant, plus the condiment, plus the biscuit. (Your sandwich is growing on me.)
I just had my first arepa at a newly opened Argentinean restaurant. The Domino: black beans and white queso fresco with avocado and a mojito mayo sauce. The arepa was a bit drippy and messy (but delicious), so you might want to morph into a bean cake sort of thing, but I think that combination would go well with your biscuits. And I'm visualizing toasted, salted pumpkin seeds somewhere.
Do you have time to make mini black bean patties? I think mini sliders might work. I also like roasted cauliflower with sweet potatoes. Maybe roast, mash, and spread with garlic and caramalized ojnion (although not too astetically pleasing), or roast whole and slice (also kind of weird though).
I'd do a Black Bean Sloppy Joe... saute some onion, garlic, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, black beans together and mash up slightly. layer onto the split biscuits with some jack cheese and avocado slices sprinkled with salt and squeeze over some lime. you can also add roasted green peppers, tomatoes, and/or sour cream.
Or do a simple veggie sammy by roasting peppers, onions, garlic, asparagus, and mushrooms with some olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme, then layer with some gruyere on your biscuits.
Or how about a less than traditional biscuits and gravy with a sage butter gravy?
re: white light
Holy cow, I officially want to make every single one of these ideas and have a gigantic sweet-potato sandwich feast. Immediately.
I think I'm going to have to change up the plans and make several different sandwiches because all of these sound really awesome.
Here's the recipe if anyone would like to join me in a biscuit-making frenzy:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
1 scant tsp salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
5 Tablespoons cold butter
1 cup cooked, drained and pureed sweet potato
3/4 cup yogurt
Preheat oven to 450. Grease baking sheet lightly.
Mix the dry ingredients together in food processer and pulse in butter until thoroughly mixed, leaving small lumps. Use a large spoon to stir in sweet potato. Add only enough of your yogurt to form a ball (depending on how dry your sweet potato is.) Knead dough on floured surface 10 times. Press into to 1/2 inch thick and cut into 2-inch rounds with biscuit cutter or glass and bake for 12-15 minutes.