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Orange food tastes good.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Orange food tastes good.

In honor of All Hallow's Eve yesterday I'm posting this recipe for Low and Slow Sweet Potatoes.  There's nothing scary about them:  they're not made from newt eyeballs or spider's legs, they don't contain brains.  But they are orange, and I'd consider them a treat with a special trick to cooking them just right!  The process of roasting them at a lower temperature for the first 30 minutes allows them to become tender and release all of their sweetness, then when you turn up the oven temperature for the last 20 minutes they have a chance to caramelize on the outside.  So good!

The catch is you have to allow the better part of an hour for cooking time:  maybe not a great option for every night of the week, but I promise they're worth the extra time!

Low and Slow Sweet Potatoes
serves 4
recipe adapted from Kath Eats

2 medium sweet potatoes
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scrub sweet potatoes well under running water with a brush.  Slice potatoes into thick slices crosswise, about 1/2 inch thick, leaving skin on.  Transfer sliced potatoes to a baking sheet and douse with the olive oil making sure to coat both sides of the potato slices, then sprinkle on salt and pepper.  Make sure potato slices are in a single layer on the baking sheet, not overlapping at all, and bake 30 minutes, flipping the potato slices over once.  Turn up the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, turning over once or twice to prevent them from burning on the bottom.  

And here's a picture of our pumpkins lit up for Halloween!

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At November 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous Dee & David said...

Sweet !!! I think I can handle this...three ingredients: right up my alley ! Thanks , Jules ! Cute,the pumpkins, beautifully made !

At November 2, 2011 at 6:29 AM , Anonymous Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

awww I loooooove your pumpkins!!!! =) and your placemat too! where is it from (oh yes, i'm super nosey like that!)

I wish I was closer to Wilmington now! haha that whole foods will be 2 hours away like the raleigh one from our new house in New Bern (which i love... but ahhh so far from my fav places!) so i'm obvi going to be road tripping my face off! haha

have a fab day jules! xoox

At November 3, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Anonymous Jules said...

Jenn- the placemats are made by Waverly and I snagged them at Burlington Coat Factory (random, I know!!).

I think Hudson totally has a complex about having his likeness carved into our pumpkin this year, he's so full of himself already....sigh ;-)

Two hours is a long drive but SOOO worth it though! You'll just have to pack an enormous cooler and stock up on goodies when you make that drive! On the plus side New Bern has a Harris Teeter I think (?) which is much better than J-ville's supermarket offerings....oh and New Bern has oodles of character, so cute and charming (unlike the 'ville)! Glad you're getting settled into your house, the pics of your improvements are LOVELY!

At November 4, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Anonymous HeidiRob said...

Dare I say YUM-O? That dinner looks so, so good. Just wish you would sub spinach/kale for your light greens ;)

At November 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Anonymous Jules said...

Heidi - we eat LOTS of kale, it's one of our faves. That night we just so happened to be eating a romaine salad on the side...with dried cherries - yum!


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