Sunday, January 16, 2011

chip off the old block

Baby omnivore has started solid foods. I am pureeing as many different fruits and veggies as possible in hopes that he has a wider palate than his dad. So far so good. One of our biggest success stories has come in the way of sweet potatoes. He loves them. His father - not so much. That's not to say my carnivore won't eat them, I just have to dress them up for him. For example, I recently roasted some sweet potato chips, and got the raving review, "those aren't bad." If you knew my carnivore and his aversion to all things not wrapped in bacon, you would know this actually is a big deal.

I began this recipe a few days before when I made cinnamon honey butter. You can find the recipe here. (I made this for Christmas gifts this year with all organic ingredients and got wonderful feedback.) On the day I made the dish I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. I then peeled a large sweet potato and sliced it into thin chips. I placed these in an oven safe dish in a mostly single layer. I then dotted the chips with a generous portion of the butter (about 3 tblsp) and put them into the oven to bake. I removed the potatoes once they started to brown and shrivel, about 20 minutes. I then sprinkled the whole dish with generous crumbles of brown sugar (about 1 tblsp) which promptly melted into gooey clumps from the heat of the potatoes.

The result was small cinnamon infused chips that literally melted in your mouth. The hint of honey and brown sugar provided just the right amount of sweetness. And while it might not be the healthiest way to get this superfood in your family, it beats them not enjoying it at all in my opinion. In the meantime, I will keep praying for my little foodie baby to turn into a gastrokid...and maybe even convert the carnivore a bit too.

1 comment:

  1. So you're telling me I could've done something with it other than eat it straight from the jar...
    I'm making a batch to give as Valentine's gifts so I'll certainly try this!
    I just made Chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies that have sweet potato puree in them (thanks Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld) and they were great!


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