I write today with a recipe that could easily be part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Think of it as a fusion of traditional home fries and Thanksgiving dinner's sweet potatoes. The recipe, adapted from Susie Middleton's Fast, Fresh & Green, caught my eye for its excellent description of walk-away sautéing. Middleton breaks up her book by technique; other techniques include grilling, braising, and gratins.
Important tips when walk-away sautéing:
--Cut your vegetable into similar sized pieces. The closer in size, the easier it will be to avoid larger pieces being undercooked.
--Don't be afraid of caramelizing or browning the potatoes - this will bring out their flavor
--This technique is flexible, as long as you keep in mind that it works best with firm vegetables like potatoes, carrots, or even cauliflower, paired with an aromatic vegetable such as mushroom or onion.
(This recipe can easily be made vegan by omitting the butter)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- generous drizzle of olive oil
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, skins on, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/4 medium white onion, diced
- kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 Granny Smith apple, chopped
- splash of apple cider vinegar
- dried parsley, for garnish
- Heat large frying pan to medium heat.
- Add butter to melt, and olive oil
- Add sweet potatoes, onion, and a few shakes of salt to the pan. Cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Stir every once in a while but do not scrape bottom of pan.
- Once sweet potatoes are tender, add fresh apple and a splash or two of cider vinegar. Cook for another minute or two, until apples are warm.
- Dish onto plates and top with a pinch of parsley and another sprinkle of salt. Serve hot.