Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sweet Potato "Bar"

     Scott and I had a dinner party to go to the other night. So, naturally, I began to freak out about what I was going to make. There were guests at this dinner party (me!) with special eating needs (vegetarians and people with gluten and dairy allergies), so at first I was unsure about what to bring. While talking to my mom on the phone (she knows everything) she told me my sister Danielle had made this delicious sweet potato bar one evening with some really creative toppings such as pesto and almonds. This sounded like the perfect thing for the party because giving people the option to choose their own toppings would make it easy for me to accommodate each person's needs. Plus, duh, sweet potatoes are healthy and delicious. They're packed with vitamins B6, C and D and they're a good source of iron too. Everyone seemed stoked about 'em so I thought I'd pass the idea along. Scott and I have even eaten this weekly ever since. And guys, it's easy. Real easy. So, without further adieu, I give you the ingredients we used in our sweet potato bar. 
Ingredients
1 sweet potato per person

Topping Suggestions:
Pesto
Toasted almonds (baked in oven on 300º for 10-15)
Scallions
Blue Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Dried Cranberries 
Honey (or agave)
Sour Cream
Hot Sauce/Salsa

*You wouldn't necessarily put all of these toppings on one potato, but it's nice to give people options.
*Get creative, add whatever toppings sound good to you!
*I love mine with blue cheese, pesto, scallions, toasted almonds and a dash of hot sauce

Instructions
Poke each potato with a fork three times to allow steam to escape. Brush each potato with olive oil and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake on 400º for 45 minutes to one hour (depending on the size of the potatoes). Cut the potatoes open and place them each in a bowl. Allow each person to choose the toppings of their choice. Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Yummm. Sweet potatoes are my favorite. Such a great and easy idea!

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  2. This sounds amazing. I would have eaten all the sweet potatoes. All of them. I'm pinning this on Pinterest!

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  3. You (and your mom) are so smart! I really want to do this. Pesto on a sweet potato? I must try this!!

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  4. I am a lover of sweet potatoe! This recipe looks fantastic and I can hardley wait to try it. How are things going?

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  5. I love sweet things (like marshmallows, caramel sauce, or just brown sugar and cinnamon) on my sweet potatoes, but pesto and blue cheese sound awesome! I will have to try that. What a fantastic idea!

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