Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Black Beans

When I found this recipe, my first thought was “Weird. Who would eat beans with sweet potatoes?!” But then I read some of the very positive reviews and decided to give it a try…and was pleasantly surprised. Regardless of the very strange combination, this recipe is actually quite delicious. Give it a try. Serve as a hearty side dish to pork or chicken, or as a light main course.


Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Black BeansRecipe adapted from foodnetwork.com
Pictures by Caroline

4 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Bake at 425 ° until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.
2. When sweet potatoes are almost tender, heat beans, oil, spices, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Remove potatoes from oven. Cut each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a small hollow in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.

8 comments:

Ben and Summer said...

Sounds delicious! After your review, of course:) Question: how do you grind spices that come whole but need to be ground in the recipe? Is there a special "spice grinder" or do you just dump your pepper out of the pepper grinder to use that? Seems like kind of a pain... any ideas?

Ben and Summer said...

Sounds delicious! After your review, of course:) Question: how do you grind spices that come whole but need to be ground in the recipe? Is there a special "spice grinder" or do you just dump your pepper out of the pepper grinder to use that? Seems like kind of a pain... any ideas?

two little chefs said...

I don't normally comment on our own food, but Kelly is correct in what she wrote here. This was surprisingly good. In fact my husband went back for seconds, and he normally doesn't particurally care for sweet pot's as I call them.
-Caroline, one of two litte chefs ;)

two little chefs said...

I have a microplane grater that works pretty well for whole spices (as long as you're careful not to grate your fingers along with the spices!)

Brad said...

I have never really liked sweet potatoes, but this just changed my mind. I guess I just never had the right recipe until now. These are delicious! I would opt for them anytime.

Amy said...

Great! I just pinned it on pinterest! :) Thanks!

Erin said...

It was great, and so easy!

Kim said...

I grind spices with a mortar and pestle, and sometimes with a coffee grinder (cleaned well before and after, of course!)

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