Saturday, March 10, 2012

Roasted grape, goat cheese and honey stuffed sweet potatoes

Ever since I started my diet, I look forward to nothing else like I look forward to my cheat meal every week. We mostly go out, but this week I wanted to cook. And cook I did. Just seeing the pic (which is WAY better than mine, below!) from this recipe about knocked me off my chair. Looked phuh-nomenal. Plus, it's from How Sweet It Is, a blog that I adore. She's funny and eats all the things. Bestie material. I paired it with bacon wrapped apple bbq chicken, for a meal never to be forgotten.

makes 4 potatoes (I only made 2)
4 sweet potatoes
2 cups red, seedless grapes
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil (or another high heat oil)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 ounces goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey + additional for drizzling
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork, then wrap each tightly in aluminum foil. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes and tender to the touch (Mine were still a little solid. It would have been much easier to mash everything if I'd left them in a bit longer so they were nice and mushy). Unwrap foil and cut a slit down the middle of each sweet potato. Let sit until cool enough to handle.
Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Lay grapes on a nonstick baking sheet and drizzle with grapeseed oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until grapes begin to burst (I didn't notice mine bursting. Sad face. ). Remove from the oven and let cool.
Once sweet potatoes are somewhat cool, gently remove the flesh with a spoon, trying to keep the potato intact. Add the sweet potato to a large bowl, then mash with 3 ounces of goat cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper and honey. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired, then scoop flash back into the potato skins. At this point you can re-warm the potatoes (if you let them cool completely) in the oven, then top with remaining goat cheese. Add grapes on top and serve with additional drizzled honey.
This was amazing. The grapes were like candy, the goat cheese is so nice and creamy. They were really pretty easy to make, too. Do yourself a favor and make this RIGHT NOW OMG IMMEDIATELY. That is all. 

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