Sweet potatoes are one of those forgettable foods. On their own at least. I mean, sweet potatoes. I remember them at Thanksgiving when they are topped with marshmallows, and also when they’re cut into fries and served alongside a medium-rare burger. But other than that I often forget they’re even a thing.
But they are so stinking good for you, and this brightly-colored tuber (not a root, not a vegetable, what?!) is definitely worth remembering. Sweet, earthy, savory. And because they are whole30 compliant, they act as a nice base to a lot of different meals. This one included. Hopefully this dish will bring them to the forefront of your mind next time you’re looking for a satisfying, almost-comfort-food-category meal.
LOADED PALEO BAKED SWEET POTATO
1lb grass-fed hamburger
2 cups homemade salsa
4 sweet potatoes/yams
2 tablespoons clarified butter
2 whole avocados
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon diced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Scrub sweet potatoes briskly and pierce each of them several times with a fork or sharp knife. This will allow them to breathe while baking. Place all four potatoes directly on the rack in a 400-degree preheated oven. Allow to bake for an hour or so, or until a fork easily pierces the skin and they are browning. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
In a large sauté pan, melt clarified butter and sauté garlic and onions until caramelized. Add hamburger and cook through. Drain off excess liquid and then add one cup of salsa. Cover and allow to simmer for a few minutes until well incorporated. Drain excess liquid off a second time. Set aside.
Slice each of the potatoes lengthwise and lay each one open-face on a plate. Top generously with hamburger, remaining salsa, and sliced avocados—one half avocado per potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot.
—Makes four potatoes