I love October . . . it is in October that my taste palate turns to the colour orange and I just want to eat my fill of winter squash and pumpkins, carrots and sweet potatoes. I don't crave these things in July and August, or even September . . . but once the calendar page flips over to October, I can't seem to get enough of them and I start incorporating them into whatever I can.
I know that Americans mostly like their sweet potatoes mashed and coated with marshmallows, brown sugar and nuts . . . and they are rather good that way . . . but I am more in love with the savoury approach when it comes to sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes lend themselves beautifully to savoury dishes. I often bake them and just mash them with some garlic and parmesan cheese. They are gorgeous done that way. Sometimes I do sweet potato wedges . . . just like regular potato wedges, except with sweet potatoes I toss them with some olive oil, herbs, garlic and seasoning and roast them in a hot oven until they are nicely crisped and caramelized. So good.
They really shine in dishes like this lovely two potato gratin which I have prepared here today . . . layers of tender white potato, chopped onion, sweet potatoes and several kinds of cheese. There is no butter . . . you don't need butter with the cheese.
There is no cream . . . once again the cheese adds a richness that cream often adds . . . it is thickened merely with a bit of flour between the layers . . . it's only seasoning is a bit of salt and pepper . . . and the moisture comes from ordinary milk.
Altogether everything melds into a beautiful dish that is simple and easy to make . . . and goes so very well with most flavours. We had it with some pork chops . . . but it would be equally at home with chicken, or fish . . . lamb, or even on it's own. In all truth I could sit down to just a plate of this quite, quite happily.
*Two Potato Gratin*
Serves 4 to 6
Serves 4 to 6
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
salt and black pepper to taste45g of finely grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)