Simple Sweet Potatoes

Simple Sweet Potatoes

January 6, 2010

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Do you ever have those days where you have absolutely NOTHING to eat in your kitchen? I had one of those today. There were 5 sweet potatoes sitting on my counter and that was pretty much it. I really didn’t want to go to the grocery store because a) I had too much work to do, b) I’m going out to dinner and have plans the next couple days, and c) It’s cold out.

But I needed something for lunch. And I kind of wanted to try out some of my Christmas presents, too. I knew I could use my food processor to do something with the sweet potatoes, but what? So I looked up simple recipes and found this. OK! I always have brown sugar, butter, salt, and water in my kitchen. I generally love eating sweet potatoes just as they are, but thought a little brown sugar and butter couldn’t really hurt, right?

Simple Sweet Potatoes:

  • 5- 6 sweet potatoes
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/4 C hot water

(Heat oven to 350 degrees)

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Like the title implies, this is the simplest recipe ever. You could easily chop the sweet potatoes on your own (or use a mandolin), but a food processor is more fun! Also, I left the skins on the potatoes (after washing them well) because I enjoy it and it’s the healthiest part of a potato!

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It was only my second time using my food processor and, oh my, how quick and easy it was! I shall never use a knife again! But if you want to use a knife, no problem. Just slice the potatoes so they’re about 1/2 inch thick.

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Then you just make a mixture with all the other ingredients.

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Next, you need a casserole dish. And oh! Look! I got one of those for Christmas, too. A Martha Stewart one… Obviously.

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Layer all your sweet potatoes in the dish and then pour the brown sugar mixture over it.

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Oh, how pretty. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

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Then take it our with your pretty new potholders. Fun kitchen stuff seriously makes cooking so much more entertaining!

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Take the cover off and put the potatoes back in the oven for about 30 more minutes until they’re nice and tender.

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And that’s all! Seriously. I told you it was easy as pie. But a bit healthier. I also sprinkled a little sage on top. Because I also had sage in my fridge and I’m not one to let sage go to waste.

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Like I said, I’m happy to eat a sweet potato with no add-ons, but the richness of the butter and extra sweetness of the brown sugar definitely gave them a little kick I appreciated. And it satisfied me both in terms of savory and sweetness.

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This is probably one of my ideal lunches. And I felt good after eating it! Good enough to go out and indulge a little bit at dinner.

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So, see? Next time I say, I have NO food in my kitchen, you probably shouldn’t believe me.

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8 Responses to "Simple Sweet Potatoes"

  1. These look so delicious! And I’m LOVING the new casserole dish! Can’t wait to finally meet you ladies this weekend!

  2. brookem says:

    so the other day i threw out three sweet potatoes because they had gone bad. if only i had thought of this recipe a little sooner- to use with my matching food processor to yours! so there’s a setting on there that slices them like that? i need to look at mine closely! i haven’t checked it out since christmas!

  3. That looks really good.

  4. Sweet potatoes are my fav and these look delicious

  5. CookiePie says:

    Ooooh – that looks delicious!! Love all your fun new kitchen gear too 🙂

  6. Yum! Sweet potatoes are so good, especially in the winter. I wouldn’t think to keep the skin on though…interesting!

  7. Kelly says:

    I’m addicted to my food processor. I use it for EVERYTHING. I think it actually sees more action than my kitchenaid mixer.

  8. Lexi says:

    Those sound delightful! For some reason, I never buy sweet potatoes, but I think I may need to!

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