Goat Cheese & Cranberry Sweet Potato Apps

I’m back! For any of you who know me, I recently began my internship to become a Registered Dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children and have hence been completely swamped with work. I didn’t mean to let my website take the back-burner, but it happened, and I have been desperately trying to find time and inspiration to get back into the swing of things.

So far I have been loving my internship and have been exposed to so many fields that I am finding completely fascinating and have really influenced the way I look at Nutrition and food. I can’t wait to learn more and share some bits of knowledge!

While I haven’t been photographing my recipes, I have still been experimenting and cooking new things, and have some new recipes I want to share coming up! This is one of them. I’m always looking for interesting appetizers that are different spins on classics.

I love love love finger foods, and I saw a picture somewhere that made me want to try a sweet potato round appetizer that I can make for all my upcoming holiday parties. I love the red colour of the cranberries against the soft white of the goat cheese. It makes me feel like Christmas and cheese boards and I think it’s something a bit different yet classic enough that people will love. I tested it on my family the other weekend and got the thumbs up from my brother (who is someone who never sugar coats any feedback- he has no qualms about telling me exactly what he thinks of my recipes).

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I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more new recipes in the coming weeks! I really want to try my hardest to keep my posting regular- it’s a fun creative outlet that helps keep me sane.

Goat Cheese & Cranberry Sweet Potato Apps

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Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (mine were ~400g ea)
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small package goat cheese (150g)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans or walnuts (chopped)
  • Optional:
  • Balsamic reduction for drizzling
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Peel sweet potatoes (you can also leave the skins on- just scrub well). Slice into ~1 inch rounds.

2

Lightly oil baking sheet and both sides of sweet potatoes. Place on baking sheet. Roast in oven for ~30 minutes or until both sides are golden (flip sweet potato rounds over after 15 minutes to make sure they brown evenly on both sides).

3

In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese with the dried basil, lemon zest, and salt/pepper to taste. If it is too thick (i.e. not mixing well or you want it to be more of a spreadable consistency), thin it out with 1-2 tbsp of milk or non-dairy milk.

4

Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, apply ~2 tsp of the goat cheese mixture on top of the sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with cranberries and nuts. Drizzle with balsamic reduction if desired and serve at room temperature.

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