Side Dishes... I guess there are a couple of ways to think of side dishes. Some are everyday, some are for more indulgent meals (Christmas, Thanksgiving, new Mother-in-Law coming to dinner). This is a bit indulgent, a bit rich, perfect as a "Top Five" indulgent side dish. It's the heavy cream.
But I've also made this with some whole milk and it also tastes rich, thick and a bit indulgent... Even slimmed down.
It also features some surprise zingy extras. Minced peppers (make em as hot or as mild as you like... jalepenos work nicely, poblanos add a mild taste with beautiful contrasting deep green color... Try a mix of some red bell peppers and those deep forest green Poblanos for an additional holiday look. Crushed red pepper flakes also add lots of punch. As always, season to taste.
Here's what I did...
4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled, sliced about 1/4th inch thick
1 cup Half and Half (or Heavy Cream)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese plus 1/4 cup to add as topping
1/2 cup sliced scallions (Green parts as well as the bulbs)
3 cloves Garlic, smashed and minced
2 Peppers, minced (Mild Poblano or bell peppers or spicy Jalapenos to taste)
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- In a heavy pan, mix everything except the sweet potatoes. Bring to simmer, allow to simmer for 20 minutes for the flavors to evenly mix
- Grease a 9X9 baking dish
- Begin layering the potatoes and the cream mix, alternating. Should get three or four layers
- Top with all of the remaining mix, and then the final sprinkling of Parmesan cheese
- Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 50 minutes.
They go GREAT as a side dish with one of my wife's favorite meals... Cajun Garlic Aioli Sweet Corn, this Sweet Potato Gratin and a 4 cheese stuffed Blackened Pork Chop, All of which will be among my "Top Five dishes!!!