Saturday, May 2, 2009

Emeril at the Grill - Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

We grilled up some brats the other night & decided to try one of the sides from Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons.
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
We love sweet potatoes so this grilled sweet potato salad jumped out at us right away. I was a little surprised that the potatoes had to be grilled & cooked in the oven but they did end up having the perfect texture. I figured if I wanted to make this on a hot day I could do the potatoes in the morning since they get served at room temp anyway. This is good because this is certainly the kind of salad I'd want on a hot day even if I didn't want to heat up the kitchen.
The flavors of this dish were really wonderful, the sweet potato, tart lime juice, crisp onion & salty cheese create a wonderful blend. Speaking of the cheese, we couldn't find the Cotija or farmer's cheese called for in the recipe. The cheese expert at our local grocery store suggested a ricotta salata because it was mild & crumbly. It's also quite salty but in our opinion that only added more to the dish.

My only complaint about the dish (& its a little one) was the olive oil & lime juice drizzled on at the end seemed like much more than needed. I would suggest whisking them together & them just drizzling as much as you want on each serving.

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
(adapted from Emeril at the Grill for serving size)

1 large sweet potato (between 3/4 & 1 lb), peeled & cut into 1/2-inch rounds
3 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
3/4 T lime juice
3/4 T fresh cilantro, chopped
2 T red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 T Cotija cheese, crumbled (or other mild crumbly cheese)

Preheat grill to medium-high & preheat oven to 350 F.

Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 T olive oil, salt & pepper & toss to coat. Place the potatoes on the preheated grill. Grill on each side 2 - 3 minutes until you get grill marks.

Put the grilled potatoes on a baking sheet & into the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until fork tender. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Place on a serving dish or divide between separate plates. Drizzle with remaining olive oil & lime juice. Sprinkle the cilantro, onions & cheese over the top.

2 servings

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Christina Kim said...

I assume the potatoes wouldn't cook completely if they were on the grill the whole time? I guess unless they were sliced thinner. Maybe the grill is only for the grill flavor and grill marks. Regardless, it is a beautiful and healthy side dish!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Delish. Never heard of Cotija cheese, but Im sure feta would work well? Might have to get the BBQ out

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

To Beth, you can use farmer's cheese or queso blanco instead of Cotija. Any mild, white cheese can be substituted. Feta would be delicious..mmm..crumbled on top...yeah!

Kat, I love sweet potatoes, too. This sounds like a very good idea to go with dinner.

giz said...

love love love sweet potatoes on the grill - I could eat this type of salad daily

vanillasugarblog said...

Mmmm, my love for sweet potato is large and in charge. I love it so much I put it in almost everything. I must must must try this.
Emeril is the man.

Kirby! said...

I've never grilled sweet potatoes before! What a good idea!

grace said...

deeeelicious! there's something so pleasing to me about grill marks (and the flavor they supply). for a second, i was startled to read that you grilled brats, and then i realized what you meant. really, just a second. :)

Lori said...

I'd never thought to grill sweet potatoes. What a great idea! The flavors in this are so different for me, but I bet they work so well together. It looks so great!

readhead said...

In the past when I have grilled potatoes I have par cooked them in the microwave just to the point when fork went in with out too much force. I then sliced them into thick rounds and finished cooking them on the grill. I really like this method as that it allows me to grill potatoes and does not require me to turn on my oven during the hot summer months.

Lori said...

This sounds amazing Kat. I just love sweet potatoes. This is one of those got to try real soon recipes~!

Dewi said...

I like sweet potato, never grill them before. You just inspire me. Thank you.
Your salad look mouth watering.

Deborah said...

This is one I have on my list of must-makes. I'll have to remember about the olive oil and lime juice.

Carrie said...

This looks wonderful! I love all of the fresh summer flavors.

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