Three Potato Recipes to Share with the Sweet Potato in Your Life

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I’m a big believer that cooking for someone is one of the most creative and thoughtful ways to show them how much you care about them. Instead of taking your special someone to one nice dinner, why not triple the fun and cook them all three meals for the big day right at home? Here are three different potato-themed dishes you can make at home for your Valentine.

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Breakfast Hash

A breakfast hash is a simple way to utilize potatoes, eggs, peppers, and other items you probably already have sitting around your kitchen. Adding chicken sausage, scallions, and a little bit of love makes this meal a great way to start your day of romancing your partner. Maybe even give that whole “breakfast in bed” thing a try!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 large), diced into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 4 links smoked chicken apple sausage, diced into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 4 large cage free eggs

  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 scallions, diced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a 12-inch cast iron skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add in the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, for 10 minutes. Add in the chicken sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes. The potatoes should be golden and crisp. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Make four wells in the hash and crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle the cheese around each egg and continue cooking until the whites are no longer clear and the yolk is to your liking. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve.

Credit:  Delish

Credit: Delish




Loaded Bacon Cheddar Baked Potato

What says love quite like a loaded baked potato? If your partner is working, this can make an easy packed lunch to go or a fun surprise to come home to. The beauty of a loaded baked potato is that it can take so many forms. Whether your partner is a fan of the classic bacon cheddar, or broccoli sour cream, a baked potato makes a great side dish or main entrée, no matter how you load it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped chives

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts divided

  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar

  • 6 slices crispy bacon, crumbled

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 400°. Prick potatoes all over with a fork or sharp knife and wrap tightly in foil. Bake until soft, about 1 hour.

Unwrap the potatoes and cut slits lengthwise across each. Carefully scoop out flesh from center of each potato into a medium bowl and add butter, sour cream, chives, green onion whites, half the cheddar, and half the bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon filling back into each potato, mounding it on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and return to oven until melted, about 5 minutes. Top with scallion greens and remaining bacon.

(Note: If you’re packing your partner lunch, prick the potato and leave instructions to microwave for about 10 minutes until soft. Include the filling in a small Tupperware container on the side, and they’re set for the Valentine’s Day box lunch they could’ve asked for. Don’t forget a love note!)

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Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi

You’ve done breakfast, you’ve nailed lunch, now it’s time to outdo yourself and really wow your partner with a dinner that will leave them wanting more. Sweet potato gnocchi will be a sweet surprise for your partner and surprisingly easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup flour for rolling

  • Fresh sage

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • Freshly grated parmesan

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Poke & bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before pureeing using a food processor. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine flour & sweet potato puree. Knead gently by hand for 4-5 minutes. Roll out the dough, which should still be slightly sticky, onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into small (about 1 inch) size pieces and roll gently with a fork for traditional gnocchi indentations.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil gnocchi until a few seconds after it rises to the top and strain. Fresh pasta cooks very quickly, so be careful not to overcook it!

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt and brown butter until it gives off a nice, nutty aroma. Chop fresh sage and add it in, continuing to cook for another 30 seconds or so until fragrant. Remove from heat and gently toss in the drained gnocchi.

Season to taste with salt, pepper, and plenty of parmesan and serve!

Potatoes are versatile and easy to work with. Use them once, twice, or three times this Valentine’s Day to show your valentine how much you care.






Terence Latimer