Posts Tagged ‘Sweet Potato’

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Cranapple Sweet Potato Casserole

November 20, 2013

Thanksgivukkah. This  year  Chanukah begins on Thanksgiving. A once in a life time occurrence , this event calls for some  different  festive combinations. Here is one that will be on out table this year. A crispy on the outside, tender on  the inside  sweet potato and apple combination, kicked up  with the  tart and tangy cranberry.

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes

2 Granny smith  apples

3/4 C. fresh cranberries

1/2 lemon , juice and zest

2 T. olive oil

1 T. fresh grated ginger

1 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

Sunflower seeds,

almonds or candied pecans for garnish (optional, but nice texture contrast)

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Peel and grate potatoes and apples. I keep my ginger cut in one inch pieces in the freezer. When I need some I grate (or cut)  them frozen. Toss with lemon juice and zest. Stir in cranberries. Add oil and seasonings, and combine well. This smells amazing before it’s even  cooked, and looks so pretty too.

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Lightly oil a 9×9 pan or equivalent and spread mixture evenly in pan. Leave it loose, don’t pat it down in the pan so it gets crispy, almost like a latke.

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Bake in a 400 degree oven for approximately 30- 40 minutes, until nicely browned.

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Slice into squares and top with sunflower seeds, or almonds …or even candied pecans  if you have no allergies in your family!

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Lime in The Coconut Curry Beef

November 2, 2012

Stew of any sort is not in my top ten,mostly because  (on the “rare” occasioin that I eat it)I prefer beef rare. I love coriander but, curry powder often takes a back seat in my spice cabinet. Tired of the same old and wanting something soup or stew like, I started researching curry dishes. I have done the wine addition in so many dishes that I really wanted to hit some different tastebuds. After perusing double the amount of recipes I usually do, I came up with this simple but very flavorful stew.It really is “just right”. Faintly sweet of coconut,slight earthy heat of curry,  tang of a squirt of lime juice and a spoon of gremolata on top…This will ignite every corner of your mouth..If you love curry this is a must…and if you are on the fence as I was,this will put you on the love side.A new keeper..

  • 1 3/4 -2 lbs. beef,I bought a whole chuck tender roast and cubed it myself
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 C broth plus 1/2 C for deglazing pan
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 t. curry powder.plus 1/2 t for meat searing
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t tumeric
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 t white pepper
  • 1 T brown sugar (optional for Paleo)

Cut your roast into 2 inch cubes.I do not buy packaged “stew meat” for two reasons: 1) I don’t know what kind of meat is used and 2) the pieces are way too small to allow for shrinkage while cooking.Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon of curry on the cubes and work it inot the meat.Let it rest while you are prepping the veggies and making the broth.

Cut your sweet potato and onion into large dice as well,comparable to the meat size.Mince the garlic.

Pour one cup coconut milk and one cup broth into crock pot, and turn on high.Add the 2 teaspoons of curry and mix.As the broth heats the curry will dissolve.

Heat a large frying pan to smoking.Add half of the meat to the pan,making sure the pieces are not touching.You want a carmelized sear,not a steam.Remove the meat and repeat with the other half,and put into broth.

Add the onions to the pan, and using the remaining broth deglaze the pan,Scrape every bit off the bottom, as this gives you a nice rich broth (and if you are really good- stir, pour, and take a picture at the same time!)

Add your sweet potato chunks,and coat well with the broth and bits.

Add your veggies to the beef and broth, along with the seasonings and brown sugar. Cook on high for one hour,and then on low, 4 more.When done shut crock off and add remaining coconut milk.

Gremelata Garnish

1/2 c parsley

1-2 cloves garlic

1 t lime zest

1/8 t red pepper flakes (optional)

Finely mince all ingredients.

Let sit until ready to serve.

A note on gremelata…you can enhance any dish with this tart blend.Made with lemon or lime and a bit of freshly grated Parmesean cheese and you have a simple topping for chicken.Skip the cheese and top some tilapia. Sprinkle it over fried eggplant slices..the uses are endless.It gives a nice balance to the sweet heat of this stew,surrounding every corner of your mouth with  flavor.