Saturday, January 8, 2011

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Jalapeno Sour Cream

Fun Facts:

Did you know?..........sweet potatoes are not even potatoes!  Not even distant cousins, twice removed.  Sweet potatoes are part of the Morning Glory family!  So if you ever get on Jeopardy, you can ace this question!

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
  • High nutrition rate compared to other vegetables
  • Rich source of anti-oxidants
  • Top 3 sources of Potassium
  • Low glycemic index
  • Fat and cholesterol free
  • High in fiber

4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed, dried
Cooking oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tb. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. seeded, minced jalapeno
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
Salt and Tabasco to taste
Bacon Bits
Sliced scallions


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. with rack positioned in the center.
Rub sweet potatoes with oil and salt.  Bake directly on rack for 40-45 minutes, or until soft when pierced.
Combine sour cream, maple syrup, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and Tabasco; chill until ready to serve.
Serve potatoes with sour cream mixture, bacon bits and scallions.

Servings: 4
Total time: 40-45 mins.
~Adapted from Cuisine at Home
  N. Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

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