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Summer barbecue season is in full effect! That means figuring out what dish to bring to all of those holiday picnics, bonfires, and cottage weekends…
The recipe I’m sharing today has become one of my family’s favorites. Every time we get together, I’m asked to bring these Spicy Orange Sweet Potatoes along! I don’t mind – they are super easy to throw together, can be made ahead of time, and make a great side dish to grilled chicken, burgers, ribs, even fish, or shrimp.
If you are concerned about the spiciness of this dish – don’t be! You can adjust the amount of heat simply by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeno. I also find that the sweetness from the orange zest, orange juice, and sweet potatoes tames the fire from the jalapenos quite a bit.
You can easily double this recipe for a larger crowd, just use a 9×13 baking dish instead of a 8×8. I would also recommend pureeing it in the food processor in two separate batches.
- 4 pounds of sweet potatoes
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about ½ of a large orange)
- 1 teaspoon orange zest (from about ½ of a large orange)
- 1-2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and finely diced (If you prefer more heat, use 2 peppers.)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee(You can substitute coconut oil if you avoid dairy.)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash your sweet potatoes and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake the sweet potatoes for about an hour, flipping them over after 30 minutes. The potatoes are ready when a sharp knife easily pierces the potatoes.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool until they can be handled.
- Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, you should be able to easily peel them with your hands.
- Place the peeled sweet potatoes in a food processor along with all of your other ingredients and process until smooth. You will want to see tiny green flecks of jalapeno throughout the potatoes.
- Place the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
- At this point, you can refrigerate the sweet potatoes for a later time or you can place them in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes (warmed through and slightly browned around the edges). If you are planning to serve this dish after it has been stored in the refrigerator, I would recommend letting it stand at room temperature for about an hour before placing it in the oven to warm - this will ensure even heating throughout.
- Serve alongside your favorite grilled items and enjoy!!