magic wand: Sweet Potato Raclette Gratin

IMG_5062Dreams DO comes true!

The sweet potato is something of a miracle to me: sweet like caramel, potato like potato, useful like potato… (OK, so it’s a potato that’s sweet).

IMG_5032In food equations, that equals phenomenal, to me!  And also to the taste of this dish.

Welcome to my winter afternoon experiment.  What happens when I combine two of the best foodstuffs: sweet potato and French raclette cheese, together, in heat, and with aromatics?  The answer is really, really good things.

Let your tummy and taste buds run amuck with this winter comfort-times-comfort food.  Raclette cheese has never posed any problems for me on the digestive front, and completely changes taste when melted into something semi-sweet, semi-dry, completely luscious.  And as for the sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic?  Well, shiver me timbers, that’s not even worth explaining why it’s so good.


Sweet Potato Raclette Gratin

1 sweet potato, thinly sliced into full moons
1/4 yellow onion, thinly diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs. high heat oil
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
3-4 ounces French or Swiss Raclette cheese, thinly sliced

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30-35 minutes
Serves 2 as a side, 1 as a hearty main dish

IMG_50341. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

IMG_5038Toss potatoes, oil, salt, paprika, and minced garlic in a bowl until evenly coated.

IMG_5043Spread half of the mixture on the bottom of a smaller baking pan (I used a bread pan).  Spread out the onions evenly over the bottom layer, then top with half of the cheese, evenly spread with no overlap.  (Use as much or little cheese as you want– the more cheese, the cheesier!  [obviously.]) Spread the remainders of the potato mixture on top, and then top evenly with the remainder of the cheese.
2. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and potatoes are just soft enough to poke through with a fork.

IMG_5048Increase temperature to “broil”, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the top is bubbling and golden, and the potatoes are soft. Remove; let sit for a few minutes before serving.



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