My children used to balk at me every time I attempted to serve squash for supper. I was surprised when I introduced this dish as a side for oven-fried chicken. Everyone loved it. Not a bite was left. This dish was a springboard for my children learning to like squash in other recipes as well. Hope you enjoy it!
It's the perfect time of year for this recipe! Sweet potatoes are one of the most delicious (and nutritious!) winter comfort foods, and the warm maple syrup flavor of this dish is the perfect complement to cold weather. Choose medium sweet potatoes with firm, unblemished skins — they'll have the best flavor!
The trick to learning to like vegetables you hate is to disguise their appearance and flavor. Think about what it is you dislike about that particular vegetable. I asked Fred why he's anti-green beans. It turns out that he remembers the long, mushy canned beans from childhood. Step 1: Chop the beans into 1-inch pieces. Step 2: Change texture. Sauté them in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper on high heat until they're crispy on the outside and still slightly firm. Step 3: Change the flavor: Add pesto (with homemade lemony basil from the co-op) and an extra bit of parmesan cheese! Results: "Is this pasta?" Fred asks as I hand him a plate of beans.