During the past few years, sweet potato fries have become a standard option to the usual french fries. And as the sweet tuber has captured the imagination of today’s chefs in all kinds of new ways, diners are surprised to find sweet potatoes everywhere. Always sweet, but not cloyingly so, these spuds are amazingly versatile. You can accentuate the sweet by adding brown sugar, molasses and traditional pie spices, or you can contrast the sweet with chile or hot pepper sauce. You can round them into a savory side by using herbs like thyme and rosemary, or you can roast them with other root vegetables for an unexpectedly sweet bite. The options are endless.
Why wait for Grandma’s holiday casserole? Sweet spuds star on Utah menus throughout the year.
Grilled Bison Teres Major Steak with sweet potato orzo, succotash, smoked chili broth and jalapeño aioli. An unexpected change from regular to sweet potatoes side this steak on a plate filled with indigenous American flavors.
6451 Millcreek Canyon Rd., SLC, 801-272-8255
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Sweet Potato Casserole: whipped sweet potatoes topped with pecan crust. A traditional American version of sweet potatoes.
275 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-363-2000; 2001 Park Ave., Park City, 435-940-5070
Red Rock Brewing
Sweet Potato Cannelloni : pasta tubes stuffed with ricotta, spinach, sage and sweet potatoes topped with Parmesan cream sauce. Cheese and sweet potato-stuffed pasta tubes are flavored with traditional sage.
Sauteed Shrimp Salad (Pictured above): watercress, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, grapefruit, toasted pistachios and Gorgonzola cheese with lemon pepper dressing. An inventive mix of flavors with the sweet potatoes adding a little heft.
254 S. 200 West, SLC,
801-521-7446; 6227 State St., Murray, 801-262-2337; 1640 W. Redstone Center, Park City,
Le Nonne Ristorante Italiano
Ravioli di Patate Dolce: raviolis stuffed with sweet potatoes and ricotta cheese and sautéed in a light creamy, parmesan sauce. There are lots of pumpkin or squash-filled ravioli dishes in different regions of Italy. This dish uses sweet potatoes instead.
129 N. 100 East, Logan,
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