Easy Weeknight Dinners // Un-Recipe No. 32:
I Heart Pittsburgh Sweet Potatoes
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Full Pittsburgh-inspired dinner of sweet potato fries, blackened broccoli with toasted walnuts, homemade coleslaw and buffalo cauliflower “wings.” Pin this post.
3 Sweet Potatoes
½ Red Cabbage
½ Red Onion
¼ Cup Malt Vinegar
2 Tbs. Sugar
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
Head of Broccoli
Batch of Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Frank’s Hot Sauce
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:
Meal Prep for Pittsburgh-themed Sweet Potato Dinner:
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.
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.
Prepare the Buffalo Cauliflower: Follow this recipe from GimmeDelicious for battered, crispy, spicy cauliflower “wings.”
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!