So we are well into NHL and NBA playoff season, which means that pretty much every night there is an opportunity to get together with friends and watch a great hockey or basketball game (or both). It also means that there are plenty of opportunities to cook together and enjoy a meal in between moments of shouting at the tv.
My favorite hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, just so happens to be in the playoffs right now so I cooked dinner for my friends while we watched game 2. In coming up with the menu, I wanted to cook a variety of finger-foods that appealed to men and women, were packed full of flavor and that felt reminiscent of something that you could get at a sports arena. One of the items that I made was my interpretation of the classic and always favorite Sweet Potato Fries. I was so happy to serve this dish to people that I love!
Sweet potatoes on their own are pretty darn delicious so there is really no need to dress them up like this, but I wanted to experiment a bit. I love making twice baked potatoes where you bake a potato, spoon out the filling, add all sorts of delicious stuff, throw it back in the potato shell and bake it again.
I used the same concept here with brie, tuscan kale and toasted walnuts. TOTALLY winged it, but it turned out quite well!
The other night, a good friend jokingly suggested that she wouldn’t make any of my recipes that contained more than 5 ingredients. While I recognize that of course she was kidding, I decided that it was an appropriate time for a simple recipe that would be great for the Vikings game this weekend!
There are so many things that I appreciate about being raised Jewish, particularly the family-centrism, religious tolerance, sassy attitude and open-mindedness that has resulted. But let’s be real, one of the best things about growing up Jewish is that we know how to COOK! With Hanukkah starting this weekend, I thought it would be fun to put up a healthy version of my favorite holiday recipe; Potato Latkes.