Tuesday, July 30

Sweet Potato Magic (How to feed 4 people with 1 potato)

Recently I read an interesting competition called One potato magic. The rules stated you had to make a dish capable of feeding a family of four using only one potato. The potato had to be the featured ingredient and no other vegetable or starch could be included.

Of course, I chuckled to myself but then I looked at a few of the entries and wondered if I could do it. Turns out I could, my dish inspired by a cross between roasted potatoes and sweet potato casserole was a huge hit. We even had leftovers, now before you chuckle and say "no way". I should tell you about the four of us. Two adults, two children (one 13 the other 10) and we all like sweet potatoes! Seriously, give it a try and see if any guesses it was only one potato.

Full time: 1 hour
Serves 4

You will need:

1 extra large sweet potato*
1/2 cup miniature marshmellows or 8 large marshmellows cut in half
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

*a note about the potato: when I say extra large. I am referring to one of those potatoes you see in the pile and think, wow that thing is huge. It needs to be a good 8" long and at least 3-4" wide or 6" round. You want a baby foot ball.

Let us begin:

Preheat your oven to 350' and spray a baking dish lightly with cooking spray, set aside for a moment.

Wash and dry your potato.

Now here is the secret to this, how you cut the potato.

Start by cutting it in half.

Working with one half, cut it in half again, cutting parallel (or same direction) you just cut in.

Keeping these halves together. Cut four equal segments.

Keeping this all together still, start at one end and cut every 1/2" all the way down. This creates nice uniform pieces.

Place these pieces in baking dish and repeat with second half of potato.

Season potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Give it a quick stir to even out the seasonings. 

Drop butter pieces across top, trying to spread out evenly.

Bake in oven 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with fork.

Carefully remove from oven and spread marshmellows across top.

Return to oven for 5 minutes, marshmellows will swell and turn golden, keep an eye on them if it looks like they are melting, remove from heat.

Remove from oven and serve.

That's it one potato magic, enjoy!