Soy and Ginger Sweet Potatoes

SoyGingerSweetPotatoesbfLOSOOOOOO close…

I’ve written before about the side dish that changed my opinion of sweet potatoes – sweet potatoes marinated in tamari and ginger, then grilled. I was planning on grilling some Ahi marinated in sesame, soy sauce and ginger, and since that was similar to my ultimate sweet potato combination, I thought I’d take a swing at it.

01SweetPotatoWavebfLODa Google provided me with lots of options and methods for wrangling these tasty, tasty tubers; so I picked and chose based on what I had (one, rather large, sweet potato) and how I planned to cook it (on our electric kitchen grill) – here’s what I came up with…

•1 sweet potato – this was MORE than enough for the two of us – feel free to add more as you like, just adjust the marinade amounts
•1/2 cup soy sauce – as always, I used less salt sauce
•2 scallions, sliced
02SweetPotatoMarinadebfLO•1 clove garlic, minced
•1-1/2 tsp sugar
•1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
•Crushed red pepper
•Crystallized ginger
•Carrot, matchstick sliced or shaved

Peel the sweet potato, wrap in plastic wrap, and cook in the microwave for two to three minutes – just to ‘start’ it cooking.

03SweetPotatoSauceReducedbfLOLet it cool a bit, then unwrap the sweet potato and slice thickly (approximately 1/4 inch).

Combine the soy sauce with the remaining ingredients and pour over the sweet potato in a bowl or dish. Add enough water just to fully cover the sweet potato slices, cover, and set aside for an hour or two.

04SweetPotatoesGrillbfLOWHEN READY TO COOK:

Pull the sweet potato from the marinade, and set aside for the grill. Pour the marinade into a small sauce pan and cook, stirring every now and then, over medium heat until reduced by about half.

Lightly oil your grill and cook the sweet potato – for OUR (slightly wimpy, but wicked handy) kitchen grill; I cooked them on high for about five minutes per side – adjust your temp and time based on your grill – until both sides were lightly charred and well marked.

05SweetPotatoTunaPlatebfLONow would be a great time to brush the slices on the grill with the reduced marinade and finish quickly.

I still had some tuna to sear, so transferred the slices to a baking pan, poured the marinade over all, and baked at 325º for about thirty minutes while I grilled the tuna and tossed the salad (with roasted chickpeas).

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