Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Roasted sweet potato salad with cranberries and pecans

I am just now getting around to posting the recipes I whipped up for my "Second Thanksgiving Feast." I found this first recipe a few years ago somewhere on the interwebs, and it has become an annual favorite. It can really be eaten any time of year, but the cranberries and pecans make it particularly well-suited for an unexpected and refreshing take on the usual sweet potato dish. I will be posting a Whipped sweet potatoes with pecan and brown sugar topping recipe shortly, so there will be something  a little more traditional as well ;)

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
Rosemary (fresh or dried)
2 tablespoons finely diced sweet onion
2 tablespoons chopped, toasted pecans
2 tablespoons dried cranberries (Craisins), coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey (citrus honeys are great here)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of cayenne (optional if you want a bit of a kick)

- Preheat the oven to 350 deg.
- Toss the diced sweet potatoes with the EVOO, rosemary, and S&P. Spread them out on a baking pan.

- Roast for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a fork inserts easily into the potato. Keep in mind that these potatoes will be tossed with vinaigrette and other ingredients, so it's ok to leave them a bit more firm than you might otherwise.

- While they cool, whisk all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette.

- Combine the sweet potatoes, onions, parsley, cranberries, and chopped pecans in a large bowl.

- Toss with the vinaigrette- I would start with half and then add more based on personal preference. I typically only end up using half of the dressing for this amount of potatoes, but I leave the extra out for anyone who wants to add more.... or to make a second batch a few days later...

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