12 November, 2009

Sweet Potato Salad with Honey and Rosemary




Most of you guys are probably facing long dark and cold winter months as we speak. But here in Dubai, after a loooooong summer, temperatures are finally dropping to some comfortable mid to upper 20C. Which means that the BBQ season has started. We haven't had our  debut for this season, but I am sure it will be sometime very soon. While husband is always the grill master in charge ( in fact, I think I have never actually bbq-ed myself, ever in my life, not even turned a sausage on the grill). I normally do the starters, side dishes and salads and I am happy with it.
Sometime during the hot summer I came across this sweet potato salad. What I love most about this salad is the combination of sweet potato, chili, honey and rosemary.  It really works well together. It was so nice, I had the whole salad myself (yes all 1 1/2 pounds of sweet potato). It is definitely a dish that goes well with nicely marinated and grilled meats. I will make this one on our next BBQ night for the public. I am convinced it will become one of our BBQ classics.
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SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH HONEY AND ROSEMARY

1 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoons mustard
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)

Canola oil or vegetable oil (for brushing)
2 fresh poblano chilis , chopped and deseeded
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 

Serves 4

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Cut the sweet potatoes into slices (with the peel) (about 2cm thick) and steam until just barely tender, about 6 minutes. Drain; run under cold water to cool. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

To make the dressing, whisk first 6 ingredients in small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer potatoes to work surface. Cut into bite-sized wedges Preheat oven. Brush potato wedges with canola oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast potatoes, about 2 minutes per side. Place potatoes, poblanos, green onions, and parsley in large bowl. Drizzle dressing over; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

2 comments:

  1. This looks tasty but I think I would roast the sweet potatoes instead of boiling and then grilling/broiling them. I have recently made a sweet potato salad with roasted (baked) peeled SPs tossed with plain olive oil, and then added black beans, onions, red pepper and lime juice vinaigrette. I also make baked sweet potato fries (unpeeled) tossed in seasoned olive oil. I used za'atar for the seasoning. Then dip them in yoghurt flavoured with cumin and lime juice.

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  2. I tried this recipe and loved it, but I do have 2 questions - What is the reason for chilling the steamed potatoes for at least an hour? What temp do you set the oven when you roast them for 2 minutes per side?

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