Sweet Potato Hash & a Blood Orange Margarita

It’s dawned on me that this is supposed to be a recipe blog and I just haven’t been posting enough recipes. Speaking about recipes, I’m in love with a new recipe site, it’s called Foodily. Usually when I’m looking for recipes or ideas I go to Epicurious, to my favorite blogs, to magazines like Bon Appetit or Food & Wine, and my collection of cookbooks. This means I spend at least an hour going from site to site comparing recipes, by then I’m in recipe overload and I end up giving up and doing something else.

Well, foodily takes care of all of that for me. You just type in what you’re looking for, the search options include a ‘without’, which is great for those with allergies, and the results show 3-4 recipes on one page. The recipes list the ingredients, the time it takes to cook, where it’s from, the rating, and how many “faves” it has. This way you can decide in one look if you like it or not, which means you don’t have to skip over all those paragraphs in blogs that you never read ’cause you’re just looking for the recipe.

Once you have chosen a recipe you can “fave” it, rate it, share it, and take a look at the nutrition facts. If you want to see the full recipe, then it takes you directly to the source. Did I mention it’s also a social network? You can link it to your twitter or facebook and you can follow people and their recipes, and they can follow you. I haven’t really used the networking feature yet. I don’t think I can handle another social network. Updating my life on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram takes up too much time. I actually want to go out and live life, so maybe I’m not  that great at the social networking thing but that’s ok.

Is there anything I don’t like about foodily?? The search results display the big name sites first, even if they don’t have the highest rating or “faves”. The first three results for mole are from Cooking LightReal Simple, and Food Network. I understand that maybe those are the recipes that get the most clicks on-line, but just because they have the most clicks doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best ones. I would like to see more blogs in the search results or at least a more even distribution between the top sites and the not so hot ones. I’m currently on the waiting list to get dorastable into foodily, hopefully it will happen some time soon.

Last week we were playing around with blood oranges and this week we perfected the blood orange margarita. I’m also including a recipe for sweet potato hash, that my friend Jenny has been asking me for for months, which is great with eggs or as a side dish with dinner. For a healthier version of this dish you can use mushrooms instead of bacon.

Sweet Potato Hash

 Yield: 4 servings

Time: 20 min.

 Ingredients:

Sweet potato, peeled, medium diced2 ea.( large)
Onion. yellow1 ea.
Bacon, apple-wood smoked, cut into ¼ in. strips4 slices
Garlic cloves, minced2 ea.
Thyme, chopped2 sprigs
Butter, unsalted½ tbsp.
Salt, kosherTo taste
Black pepper groundTo taste

 

Preparation: 

  • Place bacon in large sauté pan and set to medium heat. Cook until crispy about 3-4 min. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towels to drain, while leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Add onion to the pan with the reserved bacon fat. Sweat onions for 1-2 min until translucent. Add garlic, cook for 1 min.
  • Stir in sweet potatoes and butter, cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 7-10 min. Stir occasionally.
  • When potatoes are tender and slightly browned, add chopped thyme, cooked bacon, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Chef’s Notes:

For a healthy version of this dish replace the bacon with 1# of shitake mushrooms sliced, and substitute olive oil for butter.

Blood Orange Margarita

 Yield: 2 (6 floz.) drinks

Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

Spiced Simple Syrup:

Sugar, granulated5oz.
Water3 floz.
Cinnamon, stick, broken1 ea.
Cardamom, ground1 pinch
Orange, peel of1 ea.
Lime, peel of1 ea.

 

Margarita:

Blood orange, juice of8 ea.
Lime, juice of1 ½ ea.
Spiced simple syrup2 floz.
Tequila, Blanco5 floz.
SaltAs needed


Preparation:

For the simple syrup-

  • In a medium sauce pot combine the sugar, water, cinnamon, and cardamom, and set to medium heat.
  • Let cook for about 2 min, or until the sugar has completely dissolved and the liquid is almost clear. Re move pan from heat and add the orange and lime peels.
  • Let cool completely, and set aside.

For the margaritas:

  • Combine the tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Divide into two glasses rimmed with salt, add ice, stir, and serve.

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