Hello, fall! I have loved the feedback everyone gave me, and the excitement that was shared, for fall recipes. It was really fun learning what people were looking forward to -- I had already been plotting, pinning, and preparing, but it gave me even more ideas, so thank you for the inspiration! When I read that two of Ali's favorite fall foods are sweet potato and grapes, I thought how perfect, because my first fall food post, this dish, features both!!
I have always been preferred a simple sweet potato recipe, with one of my favorite's being Baked Sweet Potato Fries. I enjoy preparations of sweet potatoes with salt, because it balances the sweetness nicely, and was never fond of super-sweet Thanksgiving style sweet potatoes. However, this dish captures the perfect balance of flavors and textures for the sweet potato. I'm not kidding when I say this is by far the best sweet potato I've ever had! The roasted grapes are incredible -- they add a complex and richly sweet grape flavor that complements the sweet potato in the most unexpected way. I never would have thought of the two together, and have How Sweet It Is to thank for the idea! Then, the creamy goat cheese adds some tangy-ness, and the pecans are a welcome bit of nutty crunch. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and salt, and you're good to go! This dish truly is sweet meets savory at its finest. I didn't add any additional sweetener because I thought the grapes gave it the perfect amount, but if you like your sweet potatoes really sweet, just top of with some honey or agave syrup.
I am extremely excited for y'all to try this!! It may look like a crazy combination, but believe me, you will be amazed at how well it all comes together. It is sure to be a healthy, delightful dish you will want to eat over and over (and over) again!
** ROASTED GRAPE, GOAT CHEESE, & PECAN SWEET POTATOES **
Makes 2 sweet potatoes.
* 2 large sweet potatoes
* 1 cup red grapes
* 2 ounces goat cheese
* 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
* Salt, pepper, and cinnamon, to taste
* Optional, if you want extra sweetness: honey or agave syrup, to drizzle
* Preheat oven to 350 F.
* Poke holes in the sweet potatoes, and tightly wrap each potato with aluminum foil.
* Bake for about 60 minutes, until very soft to the touch.
* Unwrap potato, and slit down the middle.
* Let sit until they're cool enough to touch.
* Increase oven temperature to 450 F.
* On a sheet pan, arrange grapes in a single layer, drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.
* Roast for about 10 minutes.
* Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cinnamon, and pecans. (If you like them very sweet, drizzle with some honey or agave syrup.)
* Top with goat cheese and pecans, and you have an incredibly tasty side that is fall perfection...
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is.