Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sweet Potato Surprise

I love the way Mollie Katzen talks about cooking with children. If you ever have the chance to pick up any of her children's cookbooks, do! Even if you do not use the recipes her ideas are wonderful. She really sees the power in working with children and how capable they are. We made a great Sweet Potato recipe from Salad People to accompany Turkey Sliders and Cole Slaw. Audrey is starting to really enjoy cutting with her Curious Chef knives so I thought this would be a great recipe.

Sweet Potato Surprise
  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 lb apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 6 shakes salt
  • Nonstick spray for honey spoon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Cut the unpeeled sweet potatoes into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Cook the sweet potatoes in a steamer over simmering water until very tender and easily pierced with a fork (about 20 minutes). Cool the potatoes until comfortable to handle, then peel by hand or with a paring knife. Transfer the peeled sweet potatoes to a large bowl, and mash. Add the butter to a heated skillet over medium heat, and let the kids watch it melt. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and then add the apples. Stir and cook until the apples are very soft. Scrape them into the sweet potatoes. Add the salt, honey, and lemon juice, and mash again. You can keep working it until very smooth, or leave some texture - it's fine either way.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Mash the sweet potatoes
  2. Cut the apples
  3. Add cinnamon, honey, and lemon
  4. Stir the apples while they cook
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Peel the apples
  3. Cook and peel the sweet potato
  4. Help stir and mash
Audrey loved this. She got to pound sweet potatoes, cut apples, and stir. I caught her trying the sweet potatoes before we added the apples, honey, or lemon and she was not impressed. We will have this again and hope she eventually tries it. I enjoyed it very much. Our batch was a little chunky and the texture was very nice that way. I recommend not mashing them smooth as the apples give the potatoes great depth.
Once Audrey starts eating vegetables a little more we will have more options of what to cook from this book. I know it is a phase and we must continue to offer vegetables. I would like for her to eventually learn to like some of the wonderful recipes she is cooking.

Chopping apples.

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