Have you ever tried grilling sweet potatoes? It's quick and easy. You just peel the sweet potatoes, slice them into 1/4-inch slices, paint them with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt, and place on a hot grill.
To serve, you want to slather them with some sort of vinaigrette—olive oil to keep them from tasting too dry, and an acid like lime juice or lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
We played around a bit with this recipe, after thinking we had "discovered" the wonderful combination of lime, cilantro, and sweet potatoes, only to find out many others have made a similar discovery. It's a great combination!
You can substitute lemon juice for the lime, lime is better but lemon juice will work. And you can substitute parsley for the cilantro, especially if you are one for whom cilantro tastes like soap.
Otherwise stick with the cilantro, in our opinion, it just works better here than the parsley. We've also tried adding some minced garlic to the dressing, but I prefer it without it.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
2 pounds sweet potatoes
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (including tender stems)
1 teaspoon lime zest or lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Prepare the grill, prep the sweet potatoes:
Prepare your grill for hot, direct heat. While the grill is heating up, peel the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise, or on a diagonal, into 1/4 inch-thick pieces. Coat the sweet potato slices with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with Kosher salt.
Make cilantro lime dressing:
Combine all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl.
Grill the sweet potatoes:
Once the grill is hot, lay the sweet potato pieces down onto the grill grates. Cover the grill and cook until each side gets some grill marks, between 3-6 minutes for each side, depending on how hot your grill is.
Toss with dressing:
Toss the sweet potatoes in a bowl with the dressing and serve hot.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||35%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||19%|
|Total Carbohydrate 48g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||27%|
|Total Sugars 15g|
|Vitamin C 48mg||238%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|