I Heart Pittsburgh Sweet Potatoes

Pittsburgh style sweet potato dinner

Easy Weeknight Dinners // Un-Recipe No. 32:

I Heart Pittsburgh Sweet Potatoes



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Serves: 4

Full Pittsburgh-inspired dinner of sweet potato fries, blackened broccoli with toasted walnuts, homemade coleslaw and buffalo cauliflower “wings.”   Pin this post.

Ingredients:

3 Sweet Potatoes
Olive Oil
Cumin
Garlic Powder
½ Red Cabbage
4 Carrots
½ Red Onion
¼ Cup Malt Vinegar
2 Tbs. Sugar
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
Head of Broccoli
½ Lemon
Batch of Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Frank’s Hot Sauce
Heinz Mustard
Heinz Ketchup
Salt and Pepper

A few weeks ago I visited one of my best friends in Pittsburgh. It was my first time in the city and I instantly fell in love with its rolling foothills, the industrial charm of its bright steel bridges and the hip, friendly people. My friend’s boyfriend’s parents (Pittsburgh lifers) graciously welcomed me into their home and we made a sweet potato meal together that incorporated traditional Pittsburgh staples like buffalo sauce, cabbage and liberal amounts of Heinz condiments. Next time you travel, use your new surroundings or local traditions for cooking inspiration. Asking people what their favorite meals or flavors are or what they remember eating as a kid is a great way to connect and broaden your horizons as a home chef.

Seriously, look how beautiful Pittsburgh is:

Mexican War Streets | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Meal Prep for Pittsburgh-themed Sweet Potato Dinner:

Prepare Sweet Potato Fries: Cut raw sweet potatoes into long slices for fries. Mix in a bowl with enough olive oil to coat and a few good shakes of cumin and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Flip occasionally to make sure they cook evenly and don’t stick together. When finished baking, sprinkle with a little malt vinegar.

Sweet Potato Fries | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Prepare the Blackened Broccoli: Cut broccoli into bite-size florets. Toss with enough olive oil to coat and a shake of garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Lay on a parchment lined baking sheet, toss in the walnuts and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 425 degree oven. When finished baking, sprinkle with fresh lemon juice.

Sweet Potato Fries and Blackened Broccoli | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Prepare Coleslaw: Thinly slice or shred cabbage, carrots and onions and set aside. Whisk together olive oil, malt vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the shredded vegetables and mix well until they are coated in the dressing. You can make this ahead of time for best results. The longer the vegetables marinate the softer and more flavorful they will become.

Coleslaw | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Prepare the Buffalo Cauliflower: Follow this recipe from GimmeDelicious for battered, crispy, spicy cauliflower “wings.”

Buffalo Batter | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Sweet Potato Fries and Cauliflower Wings | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

Plate the Meal: Add a serving of each dish to your plate (I also made a side salad because I always need a little green with my dinner). Top the sweet potato fries and blackened broccoli with LOTS of Frank’s Hot Sauce. Have ketchup and mustard handy depending on your preference. Enjoy, and Go Steelers!

Pittsburgh Sweet Potato Meal | Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

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