Sweet Potatoes Celebrate Every Season

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Sweet Potatoes Celebrate Every Season

By Cheri Bennett

March is that time of the year when we are saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring. A great way to celebrate the new season and pay tribute to the one making an exit is with dishes that celebrate foods common to both. The sweet potato is one such food item. We love it for Thanksgiving and Christmas both candied and in pies. This spring try it a new way, Cinnamon Sugar Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble. This recipe is provided by “How Sweet Eats”.

Cinnamon Sugar Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

Prep Time:

30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

oatmeal crumble

  • 2/3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, combine butter with sugar, cinnamon, and salt, combining well until thoroughly mixed. Place butter on a sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a small rectangle or square. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until firm.
  2. Very carefully (and um, patiently) slice the sweet potatoes every 1/8 to 1/4 inch and only 3/4 of the way down the potato. I found it helpful to slice the potatoes halfway down the whole way across, then once that was done carefully use a smaller pairing knife and slice deeper until you almost reach the bottom. Remove the butter from the freezer and slice very, very thin pieces, then cut those in half. Ideally, you want about 24-30 small, thin pats of butter. Gently pull apart the sweet potatoes and place a butter pat in every three or four slices. Sprinkle potatoes with additional cinnamon if desired and place in a baking dish so they sit upright.
  3. To make the crumble, combine the sugar, oats, cinnamon, and salt and mix well. Using your hands, crumble in the butter and mix until the entire thing is moistened and comes together. Place an equal amount of crumble on top of each potato, pressing firmly but gently. Bake for 30-35 minutes, then cover the potatoes with foil and bake for another 20-25 minutes. To serve, cut in half.