Charles made some awesome ham and sweet potatoes for dinner. He mashed the sweet potatoes today but stayed with a savory flavor; I loved it!
2 large sweet potato ~ peeled and diced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp cayenne
Place sweet potatoes in pot and cover with water; add half of the salt, half of the pepper, thyme, marjoram, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in mixing bowl. Add butter, milk, remaining salt and pepper, and cayenne. Beat together until smooth.
I made some sweet potato chowder to take to my mother-in-law’s house today. She’s been under the weather and I thought soup might hit the spot. I debated between chicken noodle and sweet potato chowder but the chowder won out. I love this soup. A lady I used to work with made this quite a bit; it’s always a favorite at the restaurant. Our ham at work is baked in a sugary glaze so that makes it sweeter but any ham works great whether sweet or salty. Just go with flavors you love and it will turn out perfectly. If you like it spicy it is wonderful with a diced jalapeno added at the beginning to but I thought I’d go milder for today’s lunch.
Sweet Potato Chowder
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups diced sweet potato
1 cup diced potato
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste ~ I used about 1/2 tsp each but I also had homemade chicken stock so adjust accordingly
2 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs cool water
8 o.z. diced ham
1 cup heavy cream
Bring chicken stock to a boil and add potatoes, onion, and seasonings.
Simmer for about 15 minutes or until veggies are just tender; stir in ham.
Combine cornstarch and cool water and add to soup; over medium heat stir until thickened about 1 minute. Add cream and heat through.
My goal for the year is to post every day. So far so good. In fact I actually started this blog in December. Of course someday’s it will appear that I’ve skipped a day or posted twice in one day; midnight creeps up fast some times and while I’m editing the day changes. Anyway ~ today was super busy ~ in fact one of the busiest days the restaurant I manage has experienced in quite a long while! We served about 3 times the expected crowd; and we were expecting to be busy. I didn’t stop running for at least 5 hours. Thankfully I had a fantastic lunch to get me through!
Charles made stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon and baked sweet potatoes. I love my baked sweet potato with butter, pepper, and coarse salt. If you haven’t tried this savory approach you should. I’d always been offered them with sugar and cinnamon butters but I much prefer this version.
I will be posting the roast recipe and technique soon. For now I must collapse and enjoy what little of my evening is left ~ Kimberly