Thursday, March 14, 2019

Impossible to get good photos in this weather so here is a recipe that I invented instead!

Maximum temperature today 12C, minimum 6C.  2mm rain measured this morning; as I type this it is grey, an icy wind blows, and it is very damp.  31km/h North-westerly winds with gusts up to 67 km/h.

I wanted to make a casserole using sweet potatoes, but everything I looked at had masses of sugar in it and I wanted my dish as a vegetable to go with some very nice fish that I had bought  So there was only one answer left, invent my own with no sugar.  Generally, I can never repeat a recipe I make but this was so good that I wrote it down before I forgot!!

Sweet Potato Casserole
4 servings
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hour
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

Ingredients
4 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes
1 tablespoons butter
1 large onion sliced thinly
1 red pepper sliced thinly
About 8 chestnut mushrooms quartered
Optional - 1 small chilli; I used 1 prairie fire chopped.
2 to 3 cloves garlic grated
3 to 4 cms (1 to 1 ½ inches) finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tin tomato pieces
¼ cup chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, dates, raisins or plums.  I soak my fruit first, but mine are home dried so may be drier than bought.
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Ground pepper to taste
Pinch salt

Preparation
Peel the sweet potatoes, chop into about 1.5 cms (½ inch) cubes and put into the bottom of a casserole, which I spray with Colman’s Spray and Cook beforehand to stop sticking.

Put butter into a non-stick frying pan, add onions and pepper, fry gently over a low heat until soft and do not allow to burn.  Add garlic, ginger and chilli if using, toss around for a couple of minutes then add the mushrooms for a few more minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over the top of the sweet potato with the drained dried fruit. 

Pour the opened tin of tomatoes over everything and spread it evenly over the top.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts if using.

Bake with casserole covered for about 30 mins, then remove the lid and cook for a further 25 to 30 mins until the nuts are lightly toasted.

I forgot to take a photo before we eat most of it, but this is what a salvaged before we finished it off!!


Bon appétit.

  • Calories: 262.6   Per Serving


I will be back when I can get out with the camera!!!


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25 comments:

  1. Looks pretty good, Diane. We msy just give it a try.

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    1. Hi David I hope that you do try it, we really enjoyed it and we liked the cruchiness of the nuts on top. I might try the same recipe with butternut squash as well. Bon appétit, Diane

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  2. Hi Diane. What a surprise! This recipe seems delicious! Hugs, my friend.

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    1. Glad you like the surprise, I thought that it was worth sharing we enjoyed it so much. Cheers Diane

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    1. Home grown sweet potato whats more, it was quite delicious. Cheers Diane

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    1. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is a recipe that you can play with different veggies and herbs to your own taste. Hope all is well Diane

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  5. Love this recipe Diane,sounds delicious !

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    1. Lots of great flavours in it and you can always add some ideas of your own. It was very good. Take care Diane

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  6. Love the recipe, casseroles are always a great option for dinner ☺

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    1. Thanks Natalia, I must work out the calories it should be pretty low which makes it even better 🥘 Take care Diane

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  7. That looks so good Diane, sweet potato is a favourite, will definitely make this one. Happy weekend ✨

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    1. Thanks Grace and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Hope you also have a good weekend Diane

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  8. It looks and sounds delicious!

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    1. It was pretty good even if I say it myself :-) Hope you have a good weekend Diane

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  9. Oh wow...that looks and sounds yummy. Bet it had a tad bit of sweet to it with the cherries and stuff. Nice...

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    1. I did not want any sugar in it but yes the bit of dried fruit gave it a fab flavour. Hope you are feeling well Diane

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    1. Haha it wa very yummy. Thans so much for the comment. Diane

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  11. The soup looks so delicious! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Nancy this was not soup, it was a thick vegetable casserole. Hope you also have a good weekend Diane

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  12. That sounds like a great combination.

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