20 October 2008

Meatless Monday: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

If you're like most people, when you think of sweet potatoes, you picture a saucy sugar mixture piled high with toasty marshmallows. As delicious as that may sound, sweet potatoes are so good and versatille, even without said marshmallowy goodness.

This recipe puts a new spin on the old baking potato recipe, combining sweet potatoes with spinach and coconut milk. It seems like a lot of work, but it is so worth it! Extra delicious!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
4 sweet potatoes
2 TBSP olive oil plus more to rub on the potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp curry powder
1 lb fresh spinach, rinsed with stems removed
1/3 c. unsweetened coconut milk
Heat oven to 400. Rub each potato with a little oil. Place on foil-lined baking sheet and bake for one hour or until a skewer slides through easily. Allow potatoes to cool for 10 min. Increase oven temp to 450. Heat the 2 TBSP oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute garlic until soft. Add curry powder. Add spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Set mixture aside. Using a towel to hold the hot potatoes, halve lengthwise. Scoop out flesh leaving enough of a rim for a sturdy "bowl". Continue with all potatoes. Arrange empty potatoe shells. Mash sweet potatoes with the coconut milk. Add the spinach mixture. Spoon the filling back into the shells. Bake at 450 for about 15 min or until filling is firm and lightly crisped. Let cool for about 5 minutes before eating.
Not sure what to do with the rest of the coconut milk from the can? Combine with equal parts rice and cook as usual for super quick and easy coconut rice!


Crista said...

This sounds good! And it is something I can share with the baby! Sans the spices, of course! :P

Beulah said...

It's so yummy! Definitely one of my favorites. Even my husband will eat it, and that's saying a lot. He has a bit of a veggie phobia!

Yeah, I'm guessing she wouldn't be too hip to the curry...