Sunday, May 18, 2014

52WoC Week 17: Soy - Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Soy Glaze

Summer is here and it's time for the best thing in the world: grilling. I don't need to spend two paragraphs talking about how great grilling is because we all know there is nothing better. The one thing people tend to forget at cook outs1 is great sides. You constantly see mayonnaise based salads or raw veggies and questionable ranch. You rarely see interesting grilled vegetables and this recipe is exactly that. Sweet potatoes are amazing grilled, they develop crispy exterior with a soft tender inside with a nice balance of sweet and smoke. Couple that with a sweet soy glaze and you have yourself a unique side for your cook out.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Soy Glaze

Qty Ingredient Procedure
1/4 cup soy sauce
  1. Combine over low heat until dissolved. Put on the lowest heat until it reduces to a thick syrup - about 20 minutes.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4-5 sweet potatoes
  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  3. Oil and season your potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes - you do not want them to be completely cooked.
  4. Place on a grill on medium high and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
1 stalk green onion
  1. Slice green onions thin. Top sweet potatoes with glaze and green onions.

Soy glaze is fairly simple and can be made ahead of time. Combine the brown sugar, water, and soy sauce in a pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat to low and let go for about 20 minutes or until you get a good syrup consistency. It's the perfect balance of salt and sweet and tastes great lacquered on pretty much everything.

Grilling potatoes can be tricky. You can end up with burnt exteriors and crunchy interiors which is just gross. To avoid this, par cook the potatoes in the oven before putting them on the grill is key. Cut and peel the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Oil and salt them and bake at for about 15 minutes. Finish on the grill over direct heat. It should take only a couple minutes per side. Top with green onions and soy glaze.

  1. Unless you're smoking meat you're at a cook out - not a barbeque.  

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