I don't care if it's spring and sweet potato season is technically long over (being, as it is, in November and December). I am constantly seduced by them. Their paper bag skins hiding a sudden burst of orange. (Is it the sweet potato that's orange, or is that the yam? I know there are definitive answers to this question, and I've tried to remember, but frankly, at the end of the day, it doesn't much matter to me.) Why is it that the normal potato (normal in every sense of the word: white interior, wall-flower flavor, the silent bystander to everyone else's party) gets so much more play? I like to make the sweet potato perform the roles normally reserved for its quiet counterpart: twice baked, simply roasted, in soups, and here, in a potato salad.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I hope I don't have to convince you of the sweet potato's many virtues. Lord knows I have to convince R, who roundly refuses to try anything that's so much as been in contact with my beloved little root. Something to do with too many sweet potatoes eaten in New Zealand, as though too many sweet potatoes were a possibility. All that really amounts to is a bowl filled with sweet potato that's been drenched in a healthy honey mustard dressing, which I don't have to share.
As with all potato salads, it's important to dress your vegetables while they're still hot so they fully absorb the flavors. I've eaten this chilled, straight out of the bowl in which it was refrigerated, as well as closer to room temperature. Both are very good. Enjoy!
Healthy Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Not much adopted from Canyon Ranch Cooking
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon capers
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 1/4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the sweet potato cubes out in one layer. Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes, until tender. The time may vary according to the heat of your oven and the size of your potato chunks.
Mix all of the other ingredients together, then toss with the still warm sweet potatoes. Refrigerate for 1 hour until chilled, then serve.