Part 3 of the 'Healthy Meal deal Trilogy!
Oh wow, the month of January is almost over and I still haven't posted the final part of my 'healthy meal deal' trilogy! Where did the time go? Hey...hoping you guys are well and enjoyed making those salt and vinegar chickpeas and healthy twixes?
My apologies... it's been kind of busy - this start of this brand new year. :-) I've been putting the finishing touches on my new music project which is really exciting... if you want a little taste, check out the video on my home page and let me know what you think.
So... part 3!
I guess I kind of kept this particular part of the equation to last as it is for sure the most 'out there' of all 3.
I mean, if you thought salt and vinegar chickpeas were a little off the wall, or a 'healthy twix' was kind of strange... well, making TOAST from sweet potato has got to really take the biscuit for crazy ideas.
But, yes... today we are talking sweet potato toast.
And yes... it is cooked in your toaster. Just like normal toast.
But it does work!
Now, before I go any further here, a little word about toasters.
Because, in the words of the brilliant Eddie Izzard, "They lie to us".
Well, not the toaster per se, but the little dial where you are meant to be able to control whether you get 'lightly cooked toast' or 'burnt to a frazzle toast'.
As anyone who has ever spent time with a normal toaster will know, these kitchen friends are well, a little bit temperamental to say the least.
And of course, they are even more temperamental when you decide to make sweet potato toast in them. In fact, if we could hear our toaster speak, it would probably be squeaking out a list of unspeakable swear words at the outrage of being used to cook something quite so outlandish.
However, whether your toaster likes it or not, you can cook two 1.5 cm thick slices of sweet potato very nicely in it.
You will of course have to experiment with both the setting on the dial and the number of times through.
Go easy and watch like a hawk.
On a medium setting I find putting the slices through 3 - 4 times works perfectly.
You are aiming for the center to be soft and cooked through, while the skin is a little hard but not burnt.
Once you have your toast, the fun filling bit begins.
Here, the sky is your limit.
However, I find that whatever your sandwich filling of choice, it works best if you make sure you add a really tasty, intense flavored sauce, relish, chutney, mustard or pickle.
My own personal favorite is a layer of tahini, followed by cheese, crunchy salad, cucumber and peppers, then topped with either a dash of sweet chiili sauce, or as in the photos, some tomato relish.
In a more flex direction, smoked chicken or salmon would work perfectly - and a great vegan option is of course, the smashed avo.
Whatever you choose, be ready for a slightly messy but delicious alternative to a normal white bread sandwich.
INGREDIENTS (for 2 - presuming you have another friend not too outraged at the idea of eating sweet potato as toast)
- 1 large-ish sweet potato
- sandwich fillings of your choice but make sure you got something really tasty in there.
- scrub but don't peel your potato.(you are going to need the skin to hold the whole story together)
- cut long ways into 4 x 1.5 cm slices
- cook in your toaster, 2 at a time.(medium setting 3 -4 times through works for me)
- fill with spreads, veggies, seasoning... whatever takes your fancy.
- wrap in a parchment to make it a slightly less messy eating experience.
- enjoy and don't listen to what anyone else says about how ridiculous it is to be eating a sandwich made from sweet potato toast.
So have fun dear friends!
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Until next time,