sweet potatoes, orange, saffron, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, yummy

Thursday, January 31, 2013

simple sweet potatoes – saffron, citrus, and sunshine

    2 servings
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of saffron
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

New York’s a pretty colorful place. But you’d never guess by the dreary haze of grey coats and smogged skies on a regular January morning. Heads down, people pack the sidewalk in habitual motion, forward, faster, smoother. It’s 9 am, and the sun is shivering. I join in with my simple goal, to get to work.

winter, cold, trees, landscape, city

A spark out of the smoke, a turmeric-colored gown cuts around the corner. An elderly Indian lady radiates, with her lightly upturned grin playing a small indicator of her bright presence. The intense color is unique, but it makes the entire scene more beautiful. Not only herself, but the dinge of black coats and blank faces as well.

sweet potatoes, mashed, orange, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, ginger

The citrus brings the same life to the sweet potatoes. Normally the earthy, thick taste of roots wallows in your palate. There’s nothing wrong with them. But when immersed with sweet, bright juice from the orange, the entire dish feels lighter, and every aspect is intensified. The normally cloying saffron rounds out the flavor, along with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

sweet potatoes, sunny, healthy, Vitamin A

sweet potatoes, saffron, spices, sweet

Each spoonful felt pretty nourishing too, with Vitamin-A jam-packed in the sweet potatoes and Vitamin-C in the orange juice. Both build up your body, which I’m particularly mindful of during the wintry flu season. It’s a bright dish, and I’m excited to share.

mashed, sweet potatoes, spices, saffron, orange, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon

The process for making the dish was a bunch of fun as well. Along the way home, I ducked into the first bodega/grocery store in sight for the roots. While waiting to check out, the sweetest old man proclaimed his love for sweet potatoes. I found out he works for the UN, and it’s warming to think that our ambassadors and representatives have a soft spot for fresh food.

healthy, sweet potatoes, yum, orange

orange, sweet, sweet potatoes, healthy

This is lightly adapted recipe from Food52! It’s also over on Wheat-Free Wednesday, Waste Not, Want Not Wednesday, My Meatless Mondays, and Five Ingredient Monday.

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. After thoroughly rinsing off the sweet potatoes, deeply prick several sides of each one with a fork. (Pricking dampens the likelihood of a cool science-fair explosion in your oven.) Roast them on an oven mat for 45-50 minutes, or until they sweat and are tender.

3. Pour into a large bowl, and start mashing with a fork until smooth with a few morsels (I love the taste of the skins. Their crispy texture adds a nice contrast to the creamy insides. If you’re not a great fan, gently remove the potatoes from their casing before mashing.)

4. Pour in the olive oil and combine; the hot food readily absorbs the fat. Mix in the spices, and squeeze in the orange juice to taste. Enjoy!

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  1. Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading
    it, you can be a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the foreseeable
    future. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great work, have a nice day!

  2. Posted March 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    This is one of my favorite things to eat! Thanks for sharing on 5-Ingredient Mondays!

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      Posted March 29, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      That’s awesome! 🙂 Thanks, Iris.

  3. Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi Miachel!
    Thank you for reminding me about saffron. I love it! Mine is so old I’m going to need to replace it. This looks like a wonderful use for it.

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      Posted March 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by, Eileen! 🙂
      This was my first time using the spice, but it works well.

  4. Posted March 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    These look wonderful! I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes, especially since they’re in season right now and available from local growers 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday. I’ve pinned it 🙂

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      Posted March 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Thanks a whole bunch! I love your blog and link party, Danielle. 🙂

  5. Posted February 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I have only recently learned how delicious sweet potatoes can be. Being a southerner means you are supposed to like them but I just didn’t. As you have done, I started trying different toppings and ways to prepare them and actually have begun to like sweet potatoes. I will have to add your recipe to my growing file. The orange and saffron like great additions to the sweet potato.

    • admin
      Posted February 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Sweet potatoes do start to grow on you, haha. Great to hear! 🙂

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