Thursday, February 18, 2016

Broiled Sweet Potatoes

Broiled Sweet Potatoes - Baked then brushed with a cinnamon honey butter and a drizzle of cane syrup before being passed under the broiler.

Broiled Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes, just about any way that you can prepare them. Just plain baked will do me fine, or even better, twice-baked. Roasted, glazed with buttery bourbon, candied with a simple syrup, grilled, baked in a casserole, in a quick bread, and, of course, in a pie. Just pass them over however they're prepared. Even The Cajun will eat them and thankfully, they are available year-round. I hope that you'll give this version a try too.

I saw this method while flipping through Jacques Pepin's cookbook Heart and Soul in the Kitchen and I thought the idea of the deep cross cuts into the potato before brushing them with butter and syrup was a clever way to get the goodness deep into the sweet potato. Passing them under the broiler is just the icing on the cake.

Absolutely delicious. Here's how to make them.

Preheat oven to broil with rack on second notch, about seven inches from element. Puncture potatoes in several places with the tip of a knife and microwave for 6 to 8 minutes, or until cooked through and tender. Yes y'all... even Chef Pepin microwaves his. Why wouldn't you? Whip together the butter, honey and cinnamon; taste and adjust for sweetness; set aside.


Carefully remove and split the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise when cool enough to handle. Cut deep into sweet potato but without cutting completely through, making crosswise cuts.


Brush cut sides of sweet potato with half of the cinnamon butter, drizzle each with cane syrup and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You may substitute honey here also if you'd rather. Place under broiler, cut side up, for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and sugars begin to caramelize. Watch carefully!


Brush with remaining cinnamon butter and serve. I'm pretty good with half of a half, so 2 large sweet potatoes will serve somewhere between 4 and 6 generally.


Recipe: Broiled Sweet Potatoes

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 8 min |Cook time: 5 min | Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Honey Butter:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the Potatoes:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons cane or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Instructions

Preheat oven to broil with rack on second notch, about seven inches from element. Whip together the butter, honey and cinnamon; taste and adjust; set aside. Puncture potatoes in several places with the tip of a knife and microwave for 6 to 8 minutes, or until cooked through and tender.

Carefully remove and split the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise when cool enough to handle. Cut deep into sweet potato but without cutting completely through, making crosswise cuts. Brush cut sides of sweet potato with half of the cinnamon butter, drizzle each with syrup and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place under broiler, cut side up, for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and sugars begin to caramelize, keeping a constant eye on them. Brush with remaining cinnamon butter and serve.

Cook's Notes: You may also bake the sweet potatoes at 375 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender, depending on their size or use precooked leftovers. Substitute honey for the syrup drizzle if you prefer.

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