fall dinner

i finally found a shelf at ikea for my kitchen; it has blessed me with new found counter & butcher block space. it was really important for me to get my kitchen working as well as possible before winter set in & the amount of cooking & baking doubled.

i read apartment therapy on a pretty regular basis, but yesterday was the first time i took a look at their kitchen section. i was fairly pleased with the posts, but was really excited about using this recipe to prepare the huge sweet potato that is sitting in my kitchen.

the recipe my way modified to serve 2 & other things

1/2 large spanish onion
1 large sweet potato
1 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, slivered
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

salt, pepper & red chili pepper flakes
dash of brown sugar
dash of nutmeg

peel and chop the onions. peel and chop the sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes or matchsticks. heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat in a large heavy frying pan or 4-quart pot. sauté the onions slowly over medium heat until they are turning amber, then darker brown - about 15 minutes. once the onions are caramelized, add the sweet potato chunks and garlic. continue cooking over medium heat, turning up the heat a little if the potato does not brown at all. cook until the potatoes are also slightly browned and golden.

add the water, turn the heat to low, and cover for about 10 minutes, or until the potato has softened. remove the lid, turn the heat back up, and add the ginger, paprika, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste, sauté just a little longer, then remove from the heat and serve.

i served this with chicken breasts, covered & baked at 350° in 1/4 inch of water & 1 tablespoon of olive oil. to season i used salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes & dried rosemary.

try some sweet pots soon! it all turned out *pretty, pretty, pretty good & was very fall-ish.

*this is a joke of yet another television show i don't watch, but hear on a very regular basis, thanks to div, gautam, jessie & erin.

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