Saturday, May 15, 2010
Baked sweet potatoes with ghee and pink salt
Over at Little Dog Lost, my wonderful (cooking) partner has been toying with the idea of potatoes baked on nails and skewers. While both his idea and his pictures look awesome, I don't have cooking nails and skewers that fit these really large sweet potatoes.
I followed his recipe far enough to cut down past the middle of the raw potato, but it turned out great.
For each person you serve, you will need 1 sweet potato
For each potato, 2 tbsp of fat ( I used ghee)
Himalayan salt for sprinkling on top
Preheat the oven to 400 F and slice the potatoes. Place them on a baking dish and pour the butter / ghee on top, following with some salt. Bake for 40 minutes or so, or until a fork pressed to the surface of the potato, goes in without resistance.
Never made ghee?
It's indeed very simple. You need 1 lb of good quality unsalted butter. You place it on the stove in a small pot over low heat and melt it. In a while, white foam will start to form on top. Skim it off with a spoon and allow the liquid to clear up. In about 15 minutes, you will have cleared all the foam and you will have a clear liquid that's 100 % fat. It will smell sweet and lovely. Butter is hard to cook with because of the high content of casein which makes it burn. Ghee will fry well and it also gives a deep cooked butter flavor to anything you prepare. It's truly inspiring to cook with ghee and it also keeps for a long time out of the fridge. It's considered a staple in Ayurvedic cuisine, and a carrier for all health benefits of the foods it accompanies. I always make sure there is some ghee in my pantry. I use it exclusively to cook spices and add them to dishes.
For this sweet potato recipe this in my humble opinion, ghee is the best fat to use.
I used one of these potatoes in my roasted vegetable cream soup later and it blended very well together with the skin. If you love your potatoes, keep the skin on. Just like with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes can totally break your diet because it's hard to control the amounts. Ideally, you would want foods like potatoes on days when you were physically active. If it so happened that you missed your workout, make sure you split your potato with someone else.