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Dirty Sweet Potatoes {Mario Batali}

Dirty Sweet Potatoes by Mario Batali

Dirty Sweet Potatoes by Mario Batali

I’m a sucker for all of the holiday cooking shows.  I like to watch what everyone else is making, even though I usually make the same family favorites.  I do try a new recipe or two each holiday.  Watching The Chew one day before Thanksgiving I was intrigued with Mario Batali’s recipe for Dirty Sweet Potatoes,  Since we always include a sweet potato dish I put these on my menu.

We tend to argue over the best way to serve sweet potatoes.  If I had my way (and I should, since I’m the cook, eh?) I’d load them with pineapple and brown sugar and make them a sweet dish.  My P.S. and his family always insist they are best plain, with just butter, salt and pepper.  Ugh.  They like them savory, my family always made them sweet.

So Mario’s idea of add in turkey gizzards, sage, thyme and some white wine was a new way to look at sweet potatoes as a side dish.  My P.S. was equally intrigued and so we decided to try dirty sweet potatoes.  I cut the potatoes in half and roasted them until they were fork tender the day before Thanksgiving.

I sautéed the gizzards, shallot, chili and garlic in a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet until they were browned.  I put them in my food processor and pulsed them until they were well ground up.  I returned them to the skillet.

I scooped the slightly cooled sweet potatoes out of their skins and put them in a bowl.  I riced the potatoes and added them to the meat mixture in the skillet.

I stirred them together and then added them to a lined slow cooker.  With so many dishes to make on the holidays I use quite a few slow cookers for my side dishes.  I bake them ahead of time and refrigerate them until the holiday.  Then I simply put them in a crockpot and heat.  I recently discovered using liners for my crockpots and it has saved an enormous amount of washing up time!  I wish they’d been invented years and years ago!

Crockpot liner

Crockpot liner

I also put our cheesy carrots in a crockpot as well as using crockpots for mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.  Scalloped corn was the final crockpot this year.  When the family washing up crew cleaned up after the buffet they were thrilled not to have to scour all those pots!

Cheesy Carrots in line crockpot

Cheesy Carrots in lined crockpot

Is that 6?  Yes!  I should get a couple more crockpots.  As the family grows, so does the number of side dishes!  If you haven’t tried liners, you’re going to be so impressed!  Put the lid on it and it’s a tidy little heating package!

So about the dirty sweet potatoes… my P.S. thought they were good.  Others did as well.  I was not a big fan.  I didn’t like the tough and chewy bits of gizzards in the dish.  They lend a texture to the rest but I think I’d prefer not to have to chew so much.  I sound whiney saying that but I still can’t let go of a sweet sweet potato dish.  I missed the pineapple and brown sugar.  This is not sweet by any means.  Everyone has their own taste, you make like it as my P.S. did!

Dirty Sweet Potatoes by Mario Batali

Dirty Sweet Potatoes by Mario Batali

Dirty Sweet Potatoes {Mario Batali}

3 pounds sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
8 ounces turkey gizzards, livers, hearts
1  large shallot; thinly sliced
1  Fresno chili; thinly sliced
2  cloves garlic; peeled and thinly sliced
3  sprigs sage; chopped
3  sprigs thyme; chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup scallions; thinly sliced on a bias
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Poke the potatoes on all sides with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, or until fork tender.

Meanwhile, place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the turkey innards. Season with salt and pepper and sear on all sides until well browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the shallot, Fresno chili, garlic, sage and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until translucent. Add the wine and cook until almost all of the liquid has dissolved.  Remove from heat.

To a food processor, add the turkey mixture. Pulse until finely chopped.

Remove roasted sweet potatoes and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Using a kitchen towel, peel skin away and discard. Press the flesh of the sweet potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl. Add the reserved turkey mixture, scallions, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper, and mix to combine. Garnish with more scallions.

Adapted from The Chew
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2 thoughts on “Dirty Sweet Potatoes {Mario Batali}

  1. Sounds interesting, although I would not want to chew and chew on sweet potatoes but I am with you on the sweet, sweet potatoes. Love them with brown sugar, butter, nutmeg and a little maple syrup.

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