Mini Sweet Potato Gratins

Sweet Potato Souffle Gratins 2_edited-1

I know today is Halloween, but I’ve got Thanksgiving on my mind. Stuffing and Turkey. Pumpkin and pecan Pie. Savory nibbles and dips. Mashed potatoes and gravy. And these mini sweet potato gratins. Adorable, no?

Sweet Potato Gratins have all of the flavors of a sweet potato souffle — brown sugar, nuts and butter — with the structure of a gratin. A muffin tin aids in keeping each thinly sliced layer of sweet potato standing tall, and serves as the base of the sweet and crunchy topping of caramel sauce and chopped hazelnuts. Each layer is drizzled with a touch of olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper and then drowned in a cinnamon laced milk mixture. Once they’re done baking, the whole pan is inverted and each gratin slips out, leaving a sticky trail of gooey caramel sauce dripping down each layer of sweet potato.

Hurry on over to Oh Sweet Basil to get the full story and recipe today!

Sweet Potato Souffle Gratins 5

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese

When you’ve had an alcoholic beverage every single day for the last six days, Monday requires a detox…A major one. I’m so used to having a daily cocktail, that this morning instead of reaching for my almond milk, I pulled out a cold Miller Light. I probably shouldn’t be admitting this to you, because now you may forever remember me as the girl that prefaced her PG food blog with the admittance of having a slight drinking problem. But before you brand me a certified alcoholic, and declare this space of the internet a bad influence on your healthy eating and drinking habits, let me assure you, I’m nothing of the sort.

Let me explain. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or are completely out of touch with sports (I am 99% of the time), the Kansas City Royals are deep into postseason baseball – in fact, last night was game five of the World Series. I mentioned it a week or so ago, but this is the first time the Royals have been in the postseason, let the alone THE WORLD SERIES since 1985 – that’s a lonnnnng time. To say that Kansas City is excited, would be a severe understatement. The whole town is painted blue. Businesses are shutting down early. No one leaves their house without some sort of Royals apparel on. Weeknights normally spent watching New Girl and Homeland have been replaced with four-hour baseball games and beer drinking – hence, the nightly drinking fest.

Because baseball = beer +hot dogs (another problem in and of itself).

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese

Even though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this Royals run we’ve been on, I wish we’d just win the dang thing already; my body was totally not cut out for more than two nights of cocktails per week. Unless you count happy hour, then I can only handle three nights of cocktails, because wine with the girls before 7pm, doesn’t count as drinking, right?

Enter: Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese. The perfect balancing act to a week-long diet full of beer and hot dogs.

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese

While this salad served as a detox to all the junk I’ve been pumping through my body, it would just as well be suited simply as a perfect fall salad. A bit heartier in its structure than your typical salad, this guy includes loads of chopped brussels sprouts, hearty kale and the best looking green of the lot, rainbow chard . I had a planned for this to a be a brussels sprout only salad, but I hit the leafy green jackpot yesterday at the grocery store when I spotted a giant bin of organic greens for 99 cents per bunch. And in keeping in line with the detox mentality, the more nutrients I can pump into by body, the better.

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese

Since I don’t do detox salads Gwenyth Paltrow style (i.e. basically just lettuce and lemon juice), a form of texture and dairy is mandatory for me to actually enjoy the salad without reaching for a bar of chocolate 20 minutes afterwards. Candied pancetta serves as the perfect bite of crunch, with a punch of a salty and sweet finish at the end. Blue cheese adds a hint of creaminess and tanginess that goes hand in hand with in-season bosc pears.

All of the ingredients are tossed together and then finished off with a simple Dijon and maple vinaigrette. I know salads can be kind of boring, and there’s only so far, “Eat this salad, it will be the best thing you’ve ever had!” goes, but there’s something to be said about these ingredients that all work so harmoniously together…

Chopped Brussels Sprout, Kale and Chard Salad with Candied Pancetta, Pears and Blue Cheese
Read more»

Croque Madame Pizza

Croque Madame Pizza_edited-1

A few months ago I went through this phase where I had pizza like three times a week for three weeks straight. It was glorious and perfect, yet disgusting and shameful at the same time. After approximately one hundred slices, 5,000 pounds of cheese and a spontaneous addition of some previously … Read more»

Slow-Cooker Blackberry and Jalapeño Chicken Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Blackberry and Jalapeno Chicken Sandwiches 5

One of the most versatile gadgets in my kitchen has got to be my slow-cooker. It not only brings dinner to the table with minimal effort, but it’s an absolute life-saver on the days when I literally don’t even have a moment for myself to just breathe (which is a LOT of days, and I don’t even have … Read more»

Shrimp Tagliatelle with Roasted Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Sweet Vermouth Cream Sauce

Shrimp Tagliatelle with Roasted Garlic, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Sweet Vermouth Cream Sauce PS1

Move over fettuccine alfredo, there’s a new pasta love in my life. He’s prettier. More refined. And won’t instantaneously put five pounds on my hips post meal time. Shrimp Tagliatelle with Roasted Garlic, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Sweet Vermouth Sauce Ahhh just typing the name alone sends a wave … Read more»

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata PS4

There’s something about coming home after a long day of work, pulling out my cutting board, a knife and a sauté pan that instantaneously starts to relax my million-miles-a-minute mind. Once I begin cooking, I’m completely at ease. I’m not thinking about the latest crisis at work, how I haven’t had a … Read more»


Get Widget