Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tastefully Tueday...

I love fall and September marks the start of cooler air dipping down from Canada and making our nights crisp.  It also marks the beginning of the end of the growing season, but there are some great foods to work with in the Fall that are at their peak, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pears are just a few, but the are the few that come together in this wonderful recipe from Bon Appetite from back in 2002 when I had a subscription, I looked it up on line and was able to find it at Epicurious.  This is a great combination of flavors, enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Cranberries, Pears, and Pecans
8 8-ounce red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), scrubbed
1 cup dried cranberries
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 large firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
4 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Pierce potatoes in several places with fork; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with fork, about 55 minutes. Cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place cranberries in small bowl; pour enough hot water over to cover. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Drain well. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and sauté until tender and golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in cranberries, pecans, ginger, and brown sugar; sauté 1 minute. Mix in 2 teaspoons vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cut off top 1/4 of each potato lengthwise; discard tops. Using fork, gently mash pulp inside each potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon butter-vinegar mixture into each potato; mix with fork to blend.

Mound cranberry mixture in sweet potatoes. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm sweet potatoes uncovered in 350°F oven until heated through, about 20 minutes.)

Today's no cook offer is from Little Cesar's, get a Crazy Bread with Crazy Sauce for only $1.99 carryout with their printable coupon.  Offer expires September 30, 2011 and is available at participating locations.

I hope you are all enjoying a great Tuesday!

C.Q.



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