How Sweet it is….

sweet potatoes:

Commenting on the sweet potato posting below, Sudakaran Sangaran wrote and asked:

“Any simple recipes for these tubers?”

My favourite is to thickly slice the sweet potato (the sweeter, white variety pictured above is my preference for this) and single layer them in a heavy baking dish. Strew generous sprigs of fresh rosemary, generously sprinkle with ample crackings of fresh pepper and salt, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and then place a thick ring of sliced fresh lemon on each potato slice.

Cover with foil and roast in the oven till the potatoes are tender, then remove the foil and keep roasting till the potatoes are golden and crisp. The lemon rings will scorch and should be removed before serving, but their lovely lemon oil will infuse the potatoes. Serve with the chutney below.

Oven-roasted White Sweet Potato with Fresh Corn Chutney

The brilliant corn chutney has become one of my favourites. It marries perfectly with sweet potato, its South American partner from ages past. Best consumed the day it’s made. Serves 4.

2 cups cooked fresh corn kernels, or 2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1½ cups firmly packed coriander leaves, coarsely chopped
¼ cup packed fresh mint
1 small hot green chili, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1 large lime
little water if needed
1 kilo scrubbed unpeeled white sweet potatoes, roasted, grilled or barbecued

Process all the chutney ingredients in a food processor, pulsing on and off until the mixture is slightly chunky and loose textured. Add a little water if the mixture is too firm. Remove.

Serve immediately with the sweet potato, or cover and refrigerate.
Posted by Kurma on 9/4/06; 6:58:07 AM

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