Cheddar and Sweet Potato Torte Recipe – A Thanksgiving Classic Side Made Savory

November 14, 2011 in Side Dishes

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Savory Cheddar and Sweet Potato Torte

There is a great debate at our house every year: What form will the sweet potatoes take for Thanksgiving? Usually it is a standoff between the Mashed Fans and the Marshmallow Topped Casserole Fans. Sometimes, I call a truce and make them both.

This year, I decided to try an unusual combo, sans marshmallows, with the sweet tubers and cheddar cheese.

Yes, I know. Sounds weird. But, cheddar works well with regular potatoes, so I figured, why not try it with sweet? Don’t knock this until you try it – the cheddar/cream/hot sauce combo is a perfect flavor match with sweet potatoes, and tones down their sugary character. And the surprise: The cheddar gives this dish an amazing dimension.

Five ingredients plus thin potato slices fanned out in layers and – Voila! – the perfect savory sweet potato dish.

Make this for your foodie feast next week, or heck – why not? – for Meatless Monday.

SAVORY CHEDDAR AND SWEET POTATO TORTE RECIPE

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook time 60 minutes

Serves 6 to 8

1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (I like sharp white cheddar)
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced width-wise into 1/4 inch thick rounds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together the cream, salt, pepper and hot sauce.

In a 10 inch springform pan, place a single layer of sweet potato slices on bottom. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons cheese on top. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of cream mixture on top. Repeat four layers, ending with cream on top.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes or more, until browned on top.

Let stand at room temperature until warm. Remove sides of spring form pan and place on a serving platter.

Here are some other sweet potato revelations by food bloggers:
Healthier Sweet Potato Dishes, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Kale Pizza, Two Peas and Their Pod
Sweet Potato Waffles, The Perfect Pantry
Sweet Potato Chips, Christine’s Recipes
Sweet Potato Curry, Family Fresh Cooking

– posted by Donna

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