Sweetpotato Toast Bites with Figs, Blue Cheese, Flaked Salt, and Honey

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Sweetpotato Toast Bites with Figs, Blue Cheese, Flaked Salt, and Honey

As you might imagine, we love sweetpotato toasts. But we also love taking that idea and turning it into bite-sized snacks and apps! Just like full-sized toasts, sweetpotato toast bites can be topped with pretty much anything you like—try a dollop of dip and a sprinkle of nuts, a slice of ham and a chunk of cheese, or a spoon of peanut butter and your favorite fruit.

This particular version, dressed up with dried figs, blue cheese, and a sprinkle of flaked salt, is easy yet impressive. Serve it for company, holidays, or any time you’re in the mood for something special.

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Sweetpotato Toast Bites with Figs, Blue Cheese, Flaked Salt, and Honey

Makes 12

Ingredients:
12 crosswise slices sweetpotato (about 1/4-inch thick) (see note)
2 ounces good-quality blue cheese (about 1/4 cup packed)
3 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and quartered
12 small rosemary sprigs
About 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
About 1/2 teaspoon pepper
About 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Cook the sweetpotato 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.
  2. Top each sweetpotato 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.
  3. Note: If you don’t have a toaster oven, use 3 or 4 lengthwise slices of sweetpotato 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 3 or 4 pieces to make 12 smaller toasts.

Recipe developed in partnership with Valley Fig Growers

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Turkey, Sweetpotato, and Fig Curry

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Turkey, Sweetpotato, and Fig Curry

Here’s a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying this curry any time of year with turkey, chicken, pork, or beef, or make it vegetarian additional vegetables. In any incarnation, it's quick, comforting, flavorful, and—thanks to California figs and California sweetpotatoes—a little bit sweet.

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Turkey, Sweetpotato, and Fig Curry

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon coconut oil or other high-heat cooking oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons curry powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups cooked shredded turkey
1 pound orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 cups halved Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, (about 5 ounces)
One 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 cup water
Cooked rice, for serving
Chopped scallions, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil or steam the sweetpotatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and pepper and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the curry powder and salt and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the turkey, figs, coconut milk, and water, scraping up any browned bits in the skillet. Stir in the sweetpotatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the ingredients are heated through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve the curry over rice, garnished with scallions

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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Sweetpotato Crostini with Red Wine California Figs

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Sweetpotato Crostini with Red Wine California Figs

Start your holiday party with this easy appetizer, pairing sweet-savory California sweetpotatoes and wine-plumped California figs. The combination is irresistible!

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Sweetpotato Crostini with Red Wine California Figs

Makes 30 crostini

Ingredients:
1 large baguette, sliced into thirty 1/4-inch rounds

For the sweetpotato spread

1 pound orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

For the red wine California figs

1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 cup sliced Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs (4 ounces)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Toast the baguette slices until stiff, about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sweetpotato spread: In a medium saucepan, boil or steam the sweetpotatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the honey, olive oil, and rosemary and microwave until warm, about 25 seconds. Add the sweetpotatoes and mash the mixture to a paste. Add the salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, make the red wine figs: In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the  wine, orange juice, and brown sugar and heat until just boiling. Add the figs, cover, and set aside for 5 minutes.
  6. To assemble the crostini: Drain the figs. Spread the crostini with the sweetpotato mixture, top with one or two sliced figs, and serve.

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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Sweetpotato, Fig, and Pancetta Dressing

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Sweetpotato, Fig, and Pancetta Dressing

Sweet and savory flavors mesh together beautifully in this dressing featuring shredded sweetpotatoes, dried figs, crisped pancetta, and fresh thyme. It’d be great alongside your Thanksgiving turkey, of course, but also with roast chicken, pork, lamb, and beef.

It also works great as a do-ahead dish—you can prepare the dressing though step four in advance, then store it covered in the refrigerator. Take the casserole out of the fridge to return it to room temperature before proceeding.

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Sweetpotato, Fig, and Pancetta Dressing

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
8 to 10 ounces diced pancetta (see note)
1 1/2 cups sliced shallots (6 to 8)
12 ounces orange-fleshed California sweetpotatoes, coarsely shredded
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup stemmed, sliced Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or more to taste
12 cups 3/4-inch diced or torn French or Italian bread, with crusts (from 12 to 16 ounces of bread)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the pancetta, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 13 to 15 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pancetta to a bowl or plate. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the shallots to the pancetta fat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the sweetpotatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweetpotatoes are al dente, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth, figs, thyme, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside 5 minutes to plump the figs.
  4. Transfer the sweetpotato-fig mixture to a very large bowl. Add the bread and 3/4 of the pancetta, stirring gently to evenly moisten. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining pancetta on top. Dot the top with the butter and cover with foil.
  5. Bake until heated through, 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned on top, 5 to 10 minutes.

Note: Look for pre-diced pancetta in the deli section of your supermarket. If you can’t find it, buy a hunk from the deli, then dice it at home.

Recipe developed in partnership with Valley Fig Growers

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Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

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Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Grilled sweetpotato wedges are delicious alongside burgers, hot dogs, or anything else off the grate, but they’re also great as a featured ingredient in tacos, salads, and sandwiches. Here, they’re dusted with Mexican spices, then tucked into tortillas and topped with creamy cheese, crunchy lettuce, and fresh salsa. Add a watermelon wedge or a side of grilled peppers, and you’ve got a near-perfect summer meal!

Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 to 3 limes, divided
1 cup 1/4-inch diced tomatoes
1/2 cup 1/4-inch diced cucumber
1/4 cup 1/4-inch diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound yellow- or orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch wedges
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Eight 6- or 8-inch corn or flour tortillas
3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco (see notes)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce or green cabbage
Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze one or two of the limes to yield 2 tablespoons of juice. In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic. Add salt to taste and set aside. Cut the remaining lime into wedges and set aside.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the sweetpotatoes, oil, salt, coriander, chili powder, and cumin. Wrap the tortillas in foil.
  4. Arrange the sweetpotatoes on the grill and cook until lightly charred and tender, 6 to 8 minutes, turning halfway through. Place the tortillas on a cooler part of the grill and cook until warm, 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Arrange the tortillas on plates or a platter and top with the sweetpotatoes, queso fresco, lettuce or cabbage, and salsa. Serve with the lime wedges and hot sauce, if using, on the side.

Notes: Look for queso fresco in the Mexican cheese section of your supermarket. If you can’t find it, substitute crumbled feta or goat cheese.

To make this simple recipe even more so, omit the first seven ingredients and the first step of the instructions, and substitute one lime, cut into wedges for serving, and two cups of store bought salsa.

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Grilled Sweetpotato Wedges

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Grilled Sweetpotato Wedges

Grilled sweetpotatoes are easy to make and easy to love, and they’re perfect alongside burgers, hot dogs, or anything else off the grate. Start with this basic recipe, then experiment with adding your favorite herbs and spices—for example, chopped fresh rosemary, cinnamon, or smoked paprika would all be awesome. (Want more ways to enjoy sweetpotato wedges? Try our recipe for Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa.)

Grilled Sweetpotato Wedges

Grilled Sweetpotato Wedges

Serves 3 or 4

Ingredients:
1 pound yellow- or orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch wedges
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling

Instructions:

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the sweetpotatoes, oil, and salt.
  3. Arrange the sweetpotatoes on the grill and cook until lightly charred and tender, 6 to 8 minutes, turning halfway through. Sprinkle with more salt and serve.

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Ash-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle-Orange Sauce

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Ash-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle-Orange Sauce

Inspired by the signature sweet potato dish at the acclaimed Cala restaurant in San Francisco, this simple, sublime recipe--created by Carolyn Jung of TheFoodGal.com--will make you look at sweet potatoes in a whole different light. It features whole sweet potatoes buried in ash, and roasted until blackened on the outside, and sweet, smoky and luscious within. The flesh gets spread on warm tortillas with a dollop of creamy chipotle sauce. Sounds amazing, right? Visit Carolyn's site for the recipe.

Ash-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle-Orange Sauce
Photo by Carolyn Jung/FoodGal.com

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Sweetpotato Breakfast Pizza

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Sweetpotato Breakfast Pizza

Who’s for more occasions to eat pizza? We are! This egg-topped version—brimming with sweetpotatoes, parmesan, prosciutto, and basil—is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner.

Sweetpotato Breakfast Pizza

Sweetpotato Breakfast Pizza

Serves 3 or 4

Ingredients:

6 ounces orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more for sprinkling
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
Flour, for sprinkling
One 12- to 14-ounce raw pizza dough
3 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup), divided
4 large red onion rings (each 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick)
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Arrange a rack in the bottom third of the oven and another in the top third. Place a pizza stone or rimless baking sheet on the bottom rack and preheat to 400°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sweetpotatoes, oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, spreading the sweetpotatoes out to a single layer, and roast on the top rack until tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly and increase the oven to 500°F.
  3. Generously sprinkle a pizza paddle or second rimless baking sheet with flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll or stretch the dough out to a 14- to 16-inch round. Transfer to the prepared paddle or baking sheet and top with about 3/4 of the cheese, the prosciutto, sweetpotatoes, and remaining cheese. Arrange the onion rings on top. Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until lightly browned but not crisp, about 7 minutes.
  4. Remove the pizza from the oven and gently crack 1 egg into each onion ring. Carefully return the pizza to the oven and continue baking until the eggs are softly set and the crust is golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the pizza with the basil and more salt and pepper and serve.

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Sweetpotato and Spicy Hummus Noodle Bowl

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Sweetpotato and Spicy Hummus Noodle Bowl

Spiralized sweetpotatoes are a great, gluten-free way to enjoy “pasta.” Here, they’re topped with a satisfyingly savory hummus sauce, tons of crunchy veggies, and spicy sesame oil. Yum.

If you don’t have a spiralizer, just finely dice the sweetpotatoes and then boil or steam them until barely tender.

Sweetpotato and Spicy Hummus Noodle Bowl made with California Sweetpotatoes

Sweetpotato and Spicy Hummus Noodle Bowl

Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons cooking oil
One 14- to 16-ounce package extra firm tofu or 8 ounces chicken, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 1/4 cups hummus, divided
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot chili sesame oil, plus more for serving
2 1/2 pounds orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut into spaghetti-sized noodles with a spiralizer
1 1/2 Persian- or Asian-style cucumbers, thinly sliced, or 3/4 regular cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
6 to 8 radishes, thinly sliced
8 to 10 scallions, thinly sliced
18 to 24 small sprigs cilantro
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the cooking oil. Add the tofu or chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is well browned, 6 to 8 minutes, or the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. While the tofu or chicken is cooking, in a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup of the hummus with the broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot of boiling, well-salted water, cook the sweetpotato noodles until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, transfer to serving bowls, and drizzle with the hummus mixture.
  4. Top with the tofu or chicken, cucumber, radishes, scallions, cilantro, and remaining 1/2 cup of hummus. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve, with more sesame oil alongside.

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