Oh, my sweetness...

by - Monday, February 29, 2016

One of our favorite local sweet spots for lunch is this teeny little room called The Rolling Pin Cafe in Westwood. With a combination of charm, homemade goodness and fresh menu pairings, it's always an enjoyable afternoon when we visit. One of their trademark specialties is a sweet potato salad they serve with all their sandwiches. After savoring this side dish over the years, taking investigative bites, I decided to try my own based on the flavors detected. So here is my version of...

Sweet Potato Salad

3 medium to large sweet potatoes or yams
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1/2 tablespoon Mrs. Dash table blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
canola oil spray
1/4 cup Ken's Honey Mustard 
2 tablespoons Honeycup Honey Mustard
2 tablespoons parsley flakes (or fresh chopped parsley)

1) Preheat your oven to 425 F.
2) Peel potatoes and cut into small chunks, about 1/2" cubes. In a big bowl, coat the potato cubes with olive oil. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper, and toss again with a spatula to evenly cover with the seasonings. I like Mrs. Dash because it has a nice blend of many different herbs all in one. You can add more of less of the herbs, salt and pepper depending on how you like the flavor.

3) Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up later) and spray an even coat of canola oil. Pour out the potatoes onto the sheet in a single layer filling the tray. You want all the bits to cook evenly. 
4) Bake for about 25 minutes or until they are a little brown and not mushy to the fork test.

5) Let the potatoes cool to room temperature and then toss back into a big bowl. Make sure you get all those crusty pieces that stick to the foil. Add both honey mustard to the potatoes and coat, turning and folding the potatoes with a spatula, careful not to mash them up.

6) Add the parsley flakes and toss again to mix in evenly. That's it! For best taste, chill at least an hour before serving or overnight for the next day.

This savory salad is great with chicken or even turkey, not to mention a classic ham and cheese sandwich melt. Oh, my sweetness... xoxo-Sonya

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