Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato Bar

Yep, I’m still on the sweet potato kick. Remember that I have about 85 pounds of sweet potatoes in the pantry to use this winter. Furthermore, today I spent two hours hanging around the doctor’s office with the first kiddo who has succumbed to Influenza this year. I was looking for easy, delicious, relatively uncomplicated. So I took a family favorite, Baked Potato Bar, to a new level. YUM!

Sweet Potato Bar

Start with one large sweet potato per person. Scrub the outside and jab with a paring knife a couple of times. Bake at 400° for an hour or so. Sweet potatoes vary in size so you’ll need to stick a fork into the potatoes to determine when they’re done.

Peel a potato and mash it up with a fork on your plate.

Now….for the toppings!

Tonight I started with grated cheese (a mix of Italian cheeses), some sausage, some sauteed onions and garlic, some cilantro, and  drizzle of homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I mashed all this together a little more and dinner was ready!

sweet potato bar

That was just MY plate. There were other items on our sweet potato bar and everyone customized their sweet potato dinner to their own personal tastes. Some of the variations were Very Healthy and some…not so much. But everyone agreed that Sweet Potato Bar was a delicious dinner.

Here’s a list of the toppings we had to choose from. You can add your own favorites of course.

  • Grated Italian cheeses
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • sauteed onions and garlic
  • diced green peppers
  • cilantro
  • pepperoni
  • pastrami
  • plain yogurt
  • balsamic vinegar
  • ranch dressing
  • sausage
  • sliced green onions
  • diced tomatoes

grated cheese on sweet potatoes

Some of our other favorite toppings include:

  • diced green peppers
  • sour cream
  • crumbled bacon
  • pineapple chunks
  • asparagus tips
  • black beans
  • ground venison
  • chunks of chicken
  • curry sauce
  • coconut

Now we don’t ever load down those sweet potatoes with EVERYTHING because that would be too many flavors all at once. (Okay, it’s possible that sometimes some young men that are related to me load everything available onto the sweet potato, but I, personally, don’t do that!)

A nice addition to the sweet potatoes is a pot full of Lime Cilantro Rice. And consider finishing off your dinner with Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. Okay….we’re off the wagon of healthy eating with the cookies, but check out the yummy recipe!

Now, did you notice my beautiful PURPLE potatoes? Any time you have an opportunity to try sweet potatoes that are wild colors, take the chance!

Round out your sweet potato bar with some crusty artisan bread from Stickboy Bread Co. and you have the perfect meal!

two kinds of sweet potatoes

Barb   

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