September 8th, 2009
Back in December, I’d purchased a lovely bottle of sake. We only made it halfway through the deliciously light and floral rice wine when I learned that I was pregnant. Then the bottle sat. I encouraged the ChowPapa to treat himself to a glass every time I made something even remotely asian inflected, but the sake just sat. So several months back (I’ve been sitting on this one for a while), I took matters into my own hands. NO—I did not swig furiously. Instead, I made this super simple sweet potato recipe.
You’ll notice that the only adaptation I recommend for kids as young as 12 months is to mash the potatoes. I personally feel comfortable assuming that enough alcohol burns off in the cooking process to make this appropriate for pregnant ladies and little ones (though not tiny ones, as all of the alcohol may not burn off and, anyway, this has high sugar content). This is a great article that looks at how much alcohol actually burns off during cooking. If you have any concerns, you may want to reference it before serving this to kids (or anyone else who doesn’t drink alcohol).
Sake Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
(can be adapted for kids 12+ mos)*
3 tbsp organic olive oil
4 organic sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4″
1/2 c organic chicken or veggie broth
3/4 c sake
3 tbsp organic maple syrup
salt, to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Saute sweet potatoes until they turn bright orange and start to soften a bit.
2. Add chicken broth and cover. Cook sweet potatoes until you can pierce them with a fork (but they are still firm).
3. Remove lid and add sake to finish cooking until the potatoes are nice and soft (but still hold their shape—you don’t want these to be falling apart). Add maple syrup and cook another minute or two until a glaze forms. Remove from heat and season older kid and adult portions with salt.
* Make sure to mash well for the little ones. You may need to add a little water to thin out the consistency. And, if you have any concerns about alcohol content, please read above!