Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sweet Potato and Kale Tacos

Hey Wong Vivant, do you remember when I was in NYC visiting your then roommate and crashed at your place? I don't remember if we cooked, but I know we talked about it and I think someone made cookies that evening. I only bring this up, because you definitely undersold your talents. Your Sweet Potato Tacos are insane! I would never have thought to put Cumin and Chili on a Sweet Potato, but it makes so much sense now that I've done it. In all honestly, I think these turned out better than any Taco I've ever made with Chicken or Beef. I'm thinking about making a Sweet Potato Curry tonight or tomorrow, because Sweet Potatoes are apparently the perfect food. Also, my next brew is going to be a Sweet Potato version of my Pumpkin Ale. I wasn't sure if I should spice it with normal Pumpkin Pie Spices, but it sounds like that's what you did with your Sweet Potato Pie (correct me if I'm wrong), and it sounds like that was delicious, so I guess that's the way it's going to be! 

Wong Vivant's Sweet Potato Tacos

Honestly, do yourself a favor and follow the recipe found here: http://wongvivant.blogspot.com/2012/11/super-hero-food.html

Here's my take: 

3 Sweet Potatoes peeled and cubed
4 Tomatillos
5 Jalapeños
8 Cloves Garlic
1 Onion

Lots of Cumin
Lots of Smoked Hot Paprika
Some Cayenne
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper (as per usual) 

1 can Black Beans
1 Green Bell Pepper diced

1 Bunch Kale chopped in large chunks

1 Bunch Cilantro

Mexican Shredded Cheese

On a large baking sheet place the peeled and cubed Sweet Potato, Tomatillos, Onion, Garlic, and Jalapeños. Sprinkle them with Cumin, Paprika, Cayenne, Salt and Pepper, and drizzle with Olive Oil. Roast at 375 for about 30 minutes. 

Next, open the can of Beans and bring them to a simmer with the diced Green Bell Pepper. 

While that Beans are simmering, blanch the Kale. I wasn't 100% sure what it meant to blanch something, so I looked it up. Basically, it means you stick the Kale (or Green Beans, Broccoli, whatever) into boiling water for a brief amount of time and then remove it and place it under cold water. This brightens their green color and takes away some of the bitterness. Add the Kale to the Beans.

Once the roasting items are done roasting, remove them from the oven and pulverize the Tomatillos, Jalapeños  most of the Garlic, most of the Onion, and Cilantro in a food processor to make a salsa. Add Salt if necessary and more the Spices if desired. Add the remaining Garlic and Onion to the Beans. 

Serve everything on a Tortilla with Cheese. 

1 comment:

  1. Sweet potatoes are AMAZING! Glad you tried and liked this recipe. This beer sounds like it's going to be fantastic as well! Yup, spiced sweet potato pie, and it was yummy.