Fancy Sweet Potatoes

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Sometimes you just have to speak your 4 year old’s language, even if you feel ridiculous. Grace recently discovered the beloved book series, Fancy Nancy. So she wants everything “fancy” lately. She wants to wear fancy clothes, play with fancy toys and use only fancy words. Which is funny because we have very little fancy things in our house! Luckily, a Santa hat can suffice, as well as these sweet potatoes we had for lunch this weekend. I utilized this “fancy” obsession to my advantage when repeatedly trying to entice her to join us for lunch. “We’re not just having lunch. We’re having fancy sweet potatoes!,” I finally said, changing my tactic. She stopped drawing her 100th Christmas card and decided to join the party. We love sweet potatoes plain, but we really love them like this. Recipe below – enjoy!

Fancy Sweet Potatoes:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 small to medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 pears, chopped into large chunks
  • Goat cheese

Method:

  • Cut a slit in the sweet potatoes, wrap in foil and roast until soft, for about 30 minutes.
  • On medium heat, melt the butter, add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes. Add the sugar and cook some more, until shallots are nearly caramelized.
  • Turn the heat up slightly and add the pear. Stir gently for a few minutes until the pear chunks are browned on all sides.
  • Fill the roasted sweet potatoes with the shallot and pear.
  • Top each sweet potato with goat cheese and enjoy!

Notes:

  • If anyone reading this has babies, sweet potatoes + pears are both a great puree or finger food combo.
  • Toasted pecans and parsley would also be great toppings.

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