Wednesday, March 16, 2011

On the Side: Orange-Basil Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes. I could eat them multiple times a week. Jeremy is much more ambivalent about them, but usually willing to try my experiments. I whipped up these unusual sweet potatoes to serve alongside crockpot barbecue ribs. I really enjoyed the flavor combination, though I did go just a little lighter on the dried basil than the recipe specified.

I found this recipe in The Cleaner Plate Club. This is a relatively new cookbook that is geared towards getting kids to eat real food. I don't have kids, but am very impressed with the recipes in this book. I've already tried several and have bookmarked a few more.

(from The Cleaner Plate Club)
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2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 c. orange juice
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil, or 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
Salt to taste

Steam the sweet potatoes fro 20-30 minutes, until fork-tender. Put a couple of inches of water into a large pot, set a steaming basket in it, and bring to a boil. Set the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover, and let steam.

Mash the sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Mix in the orange juice, basil, and salt to taste.

Serves 8


  1. Thank you for mentioning our book! I am glad you found recipes that you liked and hope you find many other favorites in the book.

    Happy cooking!

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  3. The Cooks Next DoorMarch 17, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Thanks for mentioning our blog, Danielle! So glad it's a place you enjoy visiting.


  4. i absolutely adore mashed potatoes!! especially with herbs, garlic, lots of butter and cream .. mmm .. will have to try this recipe. Mashed pumpkin is heavenly.. buttery, fluffy, just amazing.. oooh now I'm getting hungry!! :-P

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