Today we had visitors for lunch, so I thought we would just have an easy barbeque. I made the usual salads but thought I would make one special dish! The humble sweet potato is such a rich flavour base for fresh herbs, garlic and onions.
What You Need:
- 1kg sweet potato
- 6 whole french shallots
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
- Tablespoon each : Rosemary, Thyme & Oregano
- Olive oil
- Cracked black pepper
- 50mL olive oil
- 25mL balsamic vinegar
- 1 garlic clove
What You Need To Do:
Start by peeling and chopping the sweet potato into bite size cubes. Peel the outer layer from the shallots and the garlic. It doesn’t matter if there is a little skin left because it will come off easily after roasting.
I send the kids out to pick the herbs, because they love helping, and they also love catching the grasshoppers that seem to love my herbs! I just remove the leaves from the stalks and leave them whole.
Put the potato, shallots and garlic in a baking tray and drizzle with a little of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the pine nuts, a little salt and pepper and the herbs and, using your hands, gently toss the potato so the oil coats everything.
Bake these for about half an hour at 170 degrees Celcius or until the potato and shallots are tender but not too soft. You probably will need to turn them halfway through cooking so they go all golden and yummy!
While they are cooking, and the herbs and garlic are wafting through the kitchen, you can make the dressing. Just mix the oil and balsamic together. When the garlic that is roasting is soft, just pinch one of those from the oven, squash it a bit and add it to the oil and vinegar!
When the potatoes are cooked, let it cool for a bit, before adding it to the spinach because the heat will make them wilt a little. Check that shallots are skin free, and then add it all together in a bowl and drizzle some of the dressing over the top. Toss it gently so the balsamic and oil coat the leaves (they can be a little tough to eat raw!) and the potatoes.
This is also yum as a main meal with a bit of fetta cheese. I like the creamy Danish style!