healthy sweet potato appetizer

Sweet Potato with Roasted Red Pepper Canapés

Not sure if you’ve heard yet, but, apparently white potato is now considered paleo in paleo circles. There has been a debate over white potato for some time. Many claim that due to its high starch content, high glycemic index, and ,of course, the fact that they did not exist in Paleolithic times, regular white potatoes should be taboo on paleo diet. Others argue that the nutritious benefits of white potatoes outweigh the drawbacks, and that the mere fact that our paleo ancestors didn’t eat potatoes shouldn’t stop modern, educated, healthy lifestyle seekers from incorporating this controversial vegetable into their diets. Personally, I’m undecided on this one. And until I make up my mind, I’m sticking to good old sweet potatoes! The following recipe is for baked sweet potato canapes with roasted red pepper sauce. Its a twist on chips and dip—baked sweet potato chips topped with a zesty cream cheese—to start off your informal get together at home or a cottage dinner in style. It makes a great low carb appetizer and is pretty straightforward to make.

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Now, remember dairy is also a major grey area in paleo. With the paleo camp divided into two: those who allow high quality dairy and those who are against any. The overall consensus seems to be such that one needs to test and decide for oneself. Eliminate all dairy from you diet for a month and see if you notice a difference. If you don’t see any difference, and enjoy good quality milk products, then why suffer? I myself am very tolerant to dairy and love cheese, so for me, going non-dairy would be a torture. So I do incorporate some dairy into my diet as an occasional treat.

Make sure to use only high quality organic cream cheese for the sauce. My local grocery store carries a brand that has only the following ingredients in contents: Pasteurized organic milk, salt, bacterial culture, microbial enzymes. Looks pretty natural to me.

In winter, when fresh red peppers are at a premium price, use prepared roasted red peppers from a jar or the deli, or ones that you froze or canned in summer. Some are more acidic than others, so have a taste to decide if you wish to rinse them to remove some of the brine or marinade before puréeing them. Choose sweet potatoes that are a fairly even thickness the length of the potato for even cooking and equal-size canapés. Extra red pepper cream cheese can be stored in the refrigerator and spread on sandwiches or tossed with hot pasta.

sweet potato appetizer

Last time I made these canapes was for a get together with a girlfriend who came over for some vino and tasty gossip. We attacked these canapes and I swear the whole batch was gone in a few minutes. They are the best when fresh out of the oven. But don’t worry, when you serve them to your guests, they are guaranteed to be gone before they get to cool down;)

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