Sweet potatoes can be a great side dish or the star of the meal. They can be fancy or very simple. They can be baked, topped with marshmallows, made into fries or create an amazing soup.
This sweet potato side dish is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter night.
Sweet Potato Gratin
3 large sweet potatoes, thinly sliced
1/3 cup of unsalted butter
1/3 cup flour (I use Gluten-Free Cup4Cup)
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
3 springs of thyme
3 cups of milk
4 ounces of cream cheese or 3 tablespoons of mascarpone
12 ounces of shredded cheddar, divided, save about 4 ounces for the top
Boil slices of sweet potatoes for about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Make béchamel: melt butter, add flour, mustard and herbs. Whisk for 2-3 minutes. Whisk milk in. Add cream cheese and combine. Take off heat and mix in cheddar. Make layers, one of potatoes, one béchamel and repeat. Cover top with rest of cheddar and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes if you want to melt the cheese more. If you have extra béchamel sauce, freeze it and add it to quinoa or rice another time.
Serve at Valentines day with a grilled steak or barbecued salmon and a fresh salad.
I love to be able to create more than one meal out of the same ingredient. Especially one that completely hides the fact that I’m using leftovers. That way it is more likely that my family will eat it 🙂
Sweet potato and zucchini enchiladas
4-6 tortillas (I like to use Joseph’s gluten free flour tortillas)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of leftover sweet potato gratin
1 large zucchini, shredded
4 ounces of shredded cheddar
1 to 1 1/2 cups of tomatillo salsa or your favorite enchilada sauce
Preheat oven to 300. In a casserole dish, pour tomatillo salsa or enchilada sauce to cover the bottom. In each tortilla place 3 to 4 Tablespoons of the gratin, 1 Tablespoon of the shredded zucchini and sprinkle with chili powder (about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon), roll and place in dish.
Repeat until you have used up your ingredients.
Pour more of the enchilada sauce over all the rolled tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar.
Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 15 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes at the end if you would like to melt the cheese any further.
The enchiladas would make a great meal for the Super Bowl next weekend! If you haven’t made the gratin, just substitute some mashed sweet potatoes and add some shredded cheddar inside the tortillas.
I’ll be posting more ideas for Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!