California Sweet Potatoes Are Great For More Than Thanksgiving—Enjoy Them Every Day
North American Precis Syndicate
Treat your family and friends to savory, tasty Sweet Potato Toast Bites. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—While for many, it’s not the holidays without sweet
sweet potatoes can (and should) be enjoyed throughout the year. Thanks to
great growing conditions—rich sandy soil, abundant sunshine and warm,
dry climate—California sweet potatoes are widely available and ready to
add both flavor and superfood nutrition to all your favorite recipes.
One medium (4-oz. cooked) California sweet potato has only 105 calories
and 0g fat or cholesterol, yet this tasty tuber contains more than 80
• 2 grams of protein
• vitamin C (a good source)
• vitamin A (more than an entire day’s requirement)
Perhaps even better, California
sweet potatoes are delicious in sweet AND savory dishes. Toss them into your
favorite soups, stews and casseroles or feature them on a pizza or in a
pasta. You can even include mashed sweet potatoes in cupcake, waffle or
pancake batter, adding flavor, nutrition and a tender texture.
Here are some more great ways to enjoy California sweet potatoes in your
• For a simple sheet pan supper, toss diced sweet potatoes, halved
Brussels sprouts, and diced red onion with olive oil, chopped fresh rosemary,
salt and pepper and arrange on a sheet pan. Top with seasoned chicken thighs
and roast until cooked through. Serve with a simple salad.
• Try a sweet potato pizza or tart. Top store-bought pizza dough or
puff pastry with fontina, roasted California
sweet potatoes, caramelized onions and a sprinkle of salt. Bake until golden
brown and bubbly, then top with a handful of arugula.
• How about pasta? While cooking store-bought tortellini according
to package directions, sauté cubed California sweet potatoes with butter,
olive oil and fresh sage leaves. Drain tortellini, reserving some of the
cooking water. Add tortellini to the sweet potatoes and gently toss, add
pasta water to loosen and finish with a knob of butter. Serve with fresh
• For an after-school snack, cut California sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices, pop them in the
toaster or microwave until tender, then brush with melted butter and sprinkle
with cinnamon and sugar. Or top with avocado and chopped fresh tomatoes.
For a truly tempting treat, try California Sweet Potato Toast Bites. Here,
they’re topped with figs, blue cheese, flaked salt and honey—making
them excellent for a snack, appetizer or elegant dessert.
California Sweet Potato Toast Bites with Figs, Blue Cheese, Flaked Salt and
12 crosswise slices California sweet
potato (about ¼-inch thick)
2 ounces good-quality blue cheese
(about ¼ cup packed)
3 dried figs, stemmed and quartered
12 small rosemary sprigs
About 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
About ½ teaspoon pepper
About 1 tablespoon honey
Cook the sweet potato slices in
your toaster oven as you would small slices of bread, using the most well-done
setting, until tender (you might have to do this in batches, and each batch
might have to cook two times). Set aside to cool to room temperature. Top
each sweet potato slice with 1 teaspoon of blue cheese, 1 fig quarter and a
rosemary sprig, arranging them on plates or a platter. Sprinkle with the salt
and pepper, then drizzle with the honey and serve.
Note: If you don’t have a
toaster oven, use three or four lengthwise slices of sweet potato and cook
them in your toaster using the most well-done setting (you might have to do
this two times). Then cut each toasted slice into three or four pieces to
make 12 smaller toasts.
For other recipe ideas and further information about California sweet potatoes, visit www.casweetpotatoes.com.
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