Saturday, April 23, 2005
Orange to the second power
Yes! Colored orange (at least on the inside) and flavored with orange, this sweet potato dish is an orange double-whammy. Foodgoat hosts this month's Is My Blog Burning? online food blog event with the theme of orange.
My entry has a mix of some of my favorite flavors - chiles, warm-flavored spices and orange.
This recipe comes via Rick Bayless, cookbook author, Chicago restaurant owner ( Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, Chicago ) and ambassador of real Mexican cuisine.
It is called "Camote Adobado" - sweet potatoes in a chile-orange sauce.
The recipe involves a lot of chile toasting, soaking and blending, cinnamon, cloves, orange juice, orange zest and honey.
All this wonderfulness turns into a dark red paste that you pour over sliced sweet potatoes and bake for about an hour. I took it to our "cultural diversity" potluck at work and forced it on my co-workers, who regarded it with fear and suspicion (it does look pretty weird.
But what the heck. I love it. I brought the leftovers home and have been eating them for 2 days. They taste great.
Trust me on this one.