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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

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

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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Chipotle Sweetpotato Enchiladas

Sweetpotatoes go great with Mexican flavors in general, and chiles in particular—and this recipe proves it. Use canned enchilada sauce or make your own. Either way, ole!

Chipotle Sweetpotato Enchiladas made with California Sweetpotatoes

Chipotle Sweetpotato Enchiladas

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 1/4 pounds orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, or a combination, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 4 cups)
1 green bell pepper or mild green chile pepper, such as poblano or pasilla, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 chipotle peppers (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce), minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil, plus more for the baking pan
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups prepared red enchilada sauce
Twelve 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
One 15-ounce can black beans, drained
6 ounces queso fresco, feta, or chèvre (spreadable goat cheese), crumbled (about 1 1/3 cups)
3 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the sweetpotatoes, green pepper, chipotle pepper, oil, and salt. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and tender, about 20 minutes. (Leave the oven on.)
  3. Coat a 9x13-inch casserole dish or baking pan with oil and set aside.
  4. Working one tortilla at a time, spread 1 tablespoon of the enchilada sauce on a tortilla. (If using corn tortillas, warm each briefly in a skillet first, to make it soft and pliable.) Arrange 1/3 cup of the sweetpotato mixture down the center of the tortilla, then top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the beans, and 1 tablespoon of the cheese. Roll up the tortilla and place it seam side down in the prepared casserole dish or baking pan. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, using all but about 1 1/2 cups of the sauce and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and bake until heated through, about 25 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the enchiladas with the remaining cheese, the scallions, and the cilantro and serve.

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Sweetpotato Toast Galore!

Sweetpotato Toast—it’s a thing! You can definitely cook slices of sweetpotato in your toaster, just like you do with toast, then top them in a million different ways—just like you do with toast! The only limit is your imagination. Here are a few of our favorites.

Sweetpotato Toast Galore! made with California Sweetpotatoes

Each variation serves 1

Ingredients:

For Sweetpotato Toast with Avocado, Poached Egg, and Sriracha

1 slice sweetpotato (about 1/4-inch thick)
1/4 small avocado
1 egg, poached
Salt, to taste
Sriracha or other hot sauce, to taste

For Sweetpotato Toast with Cream Cheese, Maple Syrup, and Dates

1 slice sweetpotato (about 1/4-inch thick)
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 or 3 dates, halved or quartered
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds or pepitas, toasted
Maple syrup, to taste

For Sweetpotato and Tomato Bruschetta

1 slice sweetpotato (about 1/4-inch thick)
1/2 tomato
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. To make the toast variations, cook the sweetpotato in your toaster or toaster oven as you would a piece of bread, using the most well-done setting, until tender (you might have to do this 2 times). Transfer the sweetpotato to a plate, add the toppings, and enjoy.
  2. To make the bruschetta variation, cook the sweetpotato as directed above. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Transfer the sweetpotato to a plate, top with the tomato mixture, and enjoy.

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Breakfast Strata with Sweetpotatoes, Chile, and Goat Cheese

Ideal for a festive brunch, this pillowy casserole is full of hearty flavor. It might remind you a bit of French toast—if French toast had sweetpotatoes and sausage and sage!—and it’s even good with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Breakfast Strata with Sweetpotatoes, Chile, and Goat Cheese

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 3 1/4 cups)
12 ounces loose breakfast sausage or breakfast sausage patties
Nonstick cooking spray
10 ounces crusty Italian or French bread, with crusts, cut or torn into 3/4-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
One 7-ounce can chopped green chiles
4 ounces chèvre (spreadable goat cheese), crumbled (about 1 cup)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sweetpotatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up and stirring occasionally, until the sweetpotatoes are lightly browned and tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir in the chiles and set the skillet aside.
  2. Coat a 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange 1/3 of the bread in the dish. Top with 1/3 of the sweetpotato mixture, 1/3 of the cheese, and 1/3 of the sage. Repeat 2 times. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and set aside for 20 minutes, pressing on the bread occasionally to help it absorb the liquid.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top is browned and the center is set, about 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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That Sweetpotato pie that everyone's talking about...

So, you may have heard of the Sweetpotato pie that's sweeping the nation. You may have also tried to get your hands on one. While we hope that you were successful in acquiring one of the coveted pies, we here at California Sweetpotatoes would like you to know that you do not have to brave the crowds at Walmart to enjoy the goodness of California Sweetpotatoes in pie form. In fact, you can bake one in the comfort of your own home, thanks to our friend Gaby's delicious recipe. So put the car keys down, take a deep breath, and get your bake on!

Sweetpotato Pie

Ingredients:

For the pie crust

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons of leaf lard, cut into various small pieces pea to walnut size
4 tablespoons (good quality) butter, cut into various small pieces pea to walnut size
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3-4 Tablespoons of ice water
All-purpose flour for dusting

For the sweetpotato filling

2 large orange-fleshed California sweetpotatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (about 1 3/4 pounds)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
1/4 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
Kosher salt

Instructions

For the pie crust

  1. Combine all dough ingredients except the ice water in a large bowl. With clean hands, blend the mixture together until it looks like coarse meal with some lumps in it.
  2. Sprinkle ice water over mixture and stir lightly with a fork. Squeeze a handful of dough together. If it doesn't keep together, add a bit more water.
  3. Form the dough into a disk about 5 inches across. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour. Once chilled, take out the disk and put it on a well floured board. Sprinkle some flour onto the top of the disk. Thump the disk with your rolling pin several times. Turn it over and thump the other side. Sprinkle more flour onto the top of the crust if needed to keep the pin from sticking and roll the crust out from the center in all directions.
  4. When it is an inch or so larger than your pie pan, fold the dough over the top of the pin and lay it in the pie pan carefully.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Blind bake the pie dough for 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

For the sweetpotato filling

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly water to a boil over high heat. Add sweet potatoes and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Transfer sweet potatoes to food processor and mix to form a very smooth purée. Measure purée, then return 2 1/2 cups to food processor (reserve any remaining purée for another use). Add granulated sugar, eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and brown sugar. Mix until smooth. Spread filling into prepared pie shell, smoothing the top. Add any excess crust decorations on top.
  3. Place pie pan on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake until crust is lightly golden and filling is almost set with a slight jiggle in center, about 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Gaby's Sweetpotato Nachos

Our friend Gaby has created yet another irresistible California Sweetpotato recipe. Perfect for Halloween parties and fall gatherings, these nachos pack a ton of great nutrients, flavor and color, without all that scary stuff. Leave the scaring to the ghouls. 

Sweetpotato Nachos

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds (3 to 4 medium) California sweetpotatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese
1 cup black beans
2 corn on the cob, sliced
Scallions
Cilantro
1 cup guacamole
pico de gallo
sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut each California sweetpotato lengthwise into 8 wedges; halve long wedges crosswise.
  • On a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss sweetpotatoes with oil, chili powder, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, until coated. Arrange wedges, cut sides down. Roast potatoes until browned and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with additional salt if needed.
  • Lay the wedges on a baking sheet and pile them high with cheese, beans and corn. Transfer the baking dish back into the oven and bake for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top the sweetpotatoes with the, scallions, cilantro, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
  • Serve immediately.

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Southwestern Sweetpotato Quinoa Bowl

Our friend Gaby is at it again. This time, she packs a whole lot of superfood goodness into one delicious bowl with this recipe. 

Ingredients

For the bowl:

1 cup quinoa

1 bunch kale, finely sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium lime, juiced

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 avocados

1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1⁄4 cup crumbled cotija cheese

Kosher salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

 

For the Sweetpotatoes:

2 medium California sweetpotatoes (about 11⁄2 pounds), sliced into small, 1⁄4-­inch cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt

 

One recipe Cilantro Vinaigrette 

Instructions

For the Sweetpotatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a large baking sheet, toss together the cubed California sweetpotatoes, oliveoil, salt, pepper and cumin and paprika. Once coated, evenly distribute the sweetpotatoes on the baking sheet.
  3. Transfer the California sweetpotatoes into the oven and roast for 25­-30 minutes until they are fork tender.

For the bowl:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Set aside.
  2. Toss the kale, olive oil, lime juice and salt in a large bowl and then add small groupings of the avocados, quinoa, black beans, cotija and sweetpotatoes. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and serve alongside the cilantro vinaigrette.

Original blog post can be found here.

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