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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

27 Nov

To follow-up on yesterday’s Thanksgiving Recap post, I wanted to share the three recipes I contributed to my family’s feast.  At my mother’s request, I brought my Eggplant Dip, my Chocolate PB Chip Cookies, and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

These sweet potatoes were creamy with a little tang from the goat cheese, and the caramelized onions were the perfect complement.  This dish was so simple, portable, and is sure to become a new holiday staple!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with  Caramelized Onions

  • For the Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    • 4 large sweet potatoes, roasted
    • 6 oz of goat cheese
    • 3 tbs butter, melted
    • 1 tsp pepper and a sprinkle
    • 1/2 tsp salt and a sprinkle
    • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • For the Caramelized Onions
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 1 tbs olive oil
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar
    • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
    • sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste

First roast your sweet potatoes on a baking sheet covered with foil in a 400 degree oven for an hour.  Make sure to poke several holes in each sweet potato with a fork to let the steam escape.  Your sweet potatoes will be finished when a fork can easily be inserted and the potatoes are tender.  I roasted these the night before to save a step on Thanksgiving.

Once the sweet potatoes cool, peel off the skin and transfer cooked potatoes to a large bowl.  Add the goat cheese and mash the two together.  Once combined, melt butter in the microwave for 40 seconds, and then pour over potatoes.  Add salt, pepper, and fresh nutmeg to bowl and stir.

After you finish with the potatoes, chop two large onions.  Transfer the onions into a pan over medium heat coated with 1 tbs of olive oil.  Stir the onions to coat and let them sit for 15 minutes or so, stirring periodically. They should look similar to the above picture.

After about 15 minutes, add 1 tsp of sugar to the pan and stir.  Cook for 15-20 more minutes stirring periodically to make sure the onions do not burn.  The goal  of caramelizing onions, is to release their natural sugars and soften them just shy of burning themStir the onions from time to time during the cooking process, but do NOT over stir.  This will prevent the onions from ever caramelizing.  TRUST, I think this is what took me so long to finish mine.

Top the mashed sweet potatoes with the caramelized onions, and serve warm.  My father is not a big onion fan, so I served them on the side for himHey, it’s the holiday season and I was in a giving mood!  These Mashed Sweet Potatoes stand on their own, but give them a try with the onions if you are not opposed to them.  I think they really give this side its pop. 

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Do They Serve Beer with This?! Pt. 2

25 Jun

I decided it would be fun (for me AND you) to write about my two favorite meals from our Ireland trip for Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 of my Ireland posts.  These meals are proof of the new gourmet food in Ireland; it’s not just soda bread and fish & chips anymore!

I loved the entire trip but my favorite city was definitely Galway with it’s colorful shops and proximity to the water. 

The best meal during our trip was at a restaurant called 8.

This restaurant uses local ingredients and it was downright difficult to make up my mind on the dinner entree.  Thank goodness we’re a sharing family and all of us picked different options to taste.

I selected the Honey & Rosemary Roast Lamb Chops with Sweet Potato Mash, Balsamic Roasted Onions, and Coriander & Mint Dressing.  Honestly, I’m drooling thinking about it now, and you should be too!  The lamb was juicy and the mash and onions were the perfect compliment.  I adore it when I can have a little sweet with my savory meals.  In fact, this was all that was left after I got through with the dish…

We also ordered a side of these hand cut chips and house sauce.  They were perfectly golden, a little crisp on the outside, and slightly soft on the inside.  The sauce tasted a bit like tzatziki, a yogurt-based dip with dill and cucumber.

After dinner we noticed the creative and whimsical dessert menu.  My Dad and I are not ones to pass up dessert.  In fact, we both eat less of our main meal (sometimes) just to save room!  We are nothing if not dedicated to our craft.  In any case, we decided to order 3 desserts for the 4 of us. 

My Dad wisely picked the Chocolate and Almond Brownie with Cappuccino Parfait.  This dessert won the blue ribbon out of all of the desserts and we licked the plate clean.
My Mom and Sis split the potted Citrus Explosion with Almond Brittle.  There were 3 different citrus flavors layered throughout the jar and even the brittle included the zest.  I like lemon, I love lime, but citrus desserts are usually at the bottom of my list.  WOW, talk about a flavorful and bright dessert.  It was light and lovely.  I can’t wait to try and make my own take on lemon and orange zest brittle.

Last and kinda least was my dessert, a White Chocolate Pannacotta & Raspberry Mousse with Shortbread Cookies.  I selected this dessert solely because of the raspberry component.  It was very pretty to look at and the texture was nice.  I found the whole thing to be a bit underwhelming and frankly a little bland.  Thank goodness I had already consumed 2 other winning desserts!

Overall I would rate 8 as a 10!  5 out of 5 stars.  Seriously, I give it an A+ and would probably be a regular if it weren’t for the whole commute and customs bit.  If you are ever in Galway make it a point to stop here.

Stay tuned for my 3rd and final post about Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.  It was seafood paradise!