Pork Medallions with Roasted Root Vegetables and Grapes [RECIPE]

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes is a low calorie, low fat way to enjoy the bounty of the harvest season. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Few things say autumn to me like a huge platter of roasted veggies served alongside one of my favorite cuts of meat, pork tenderloin. I love it because it is a tasty cut that cooks quickly, but it also has great health benefits. If you’re watching your figure, tenderloin has only 93 calories per 3-ounce serving and is very lean. It is also rich in selenium which helps regulate your metabolism and protects the cells that line your blood vessels from damage. The addition of grapes lends moisture and a touch of natural sweetness to the meal. The best thing about this fall feast is that it looks simply gorgeous on your plate. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Sage [RECIPE]

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Sage (Photo courtesy Ten Speed Press)

Sweet potato fries are a must-have side for certain dishes, and even though we limit the amount of starch we consume, we still enjoy these on our monthly fish and chips night. They’re sublime when dipped in some homemade harissa, aïoli, or pesto. This recipe is also delicious if you’re serving them with a roast because you can season all the other veggies with the same herbs.  Read more of this post

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

The perfect blend of sweet and savory, our Sweet Potato Spoon Bread is a decadent side dish perfect for any gathering.

From the first time we tasted this decadent recipe, we knew we’d found a keeper. Delicious enough to be desert, this rich and creamy spoon bread is a sweet and savory blend of vegetables and spices. Sweet potatoes are baked until their natural flavors literally ooze through their skins, then they are combined with a medley of spices, pureed and baked into a rich custard. Whether served with roasted poultry or glazed pork, this is a luscious taste of home-baked goodness your family will ask for time and again.

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 100 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, about 4 pounds
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Bake sweet potatoes until soft when pierced with a knife, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool. Peel, and discard skins.
  2. Reduce heat to 350°F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine cornmeal, milk, butter, brown sugar, spices, salt and 1 cup water. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Working in batches if necessary, place cornmeal mixture, sweet potatoes, flour, honey, eggs, and cream in a food processor. Process until smooth; pour into dish. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve.

TIPS: When baking the potatoes, be sure to poke them all over with a fork so they don’t explode in the oven. Also, place a baking sheet beneath them to collect any juices that may drip down to ensure easy cleanup.

YIELDS: 10 servings

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Citrus Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Citrus Glazed Sweet Potatoes

A sweet addition to a savory meal, our Citrus Glazed Sweet Potatoes are like nature's candy, pairing the flavors of tart citrus with cinnamon and brown sugar.

When the weather turns cold, we start eating a lot more root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and our favorite, sweet potatoes. Rather than making the candied yams with marshmallow topping that many families like, which is usually for too sweet for our tastes, we prefer to enhance the sweetness of these vegetables naturally. Here, we add lemon and orange juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar to make a tasty treat that goes perfectly with turkey, roasts, and any combination of sautéed greens.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into ½-inch thick rounds. Arrange in a 1 1/2-quart casserole and pour melted butter over top.
  2. Add sugar, lemon juice, orange juice and cinnamon stick.
  3. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until tender. Uncover and discard cinnamon stick; stir. Sprinkle with lemon zest. Cook, uncovered, 15-30 minutes, or until top is crisp.

YIELDS: 6 servings

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