Monday, March 12, 2012

Sweet potato sandwiches with goat cheese, arugula, and avocado

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When I'm looking for a vegetarian option at a cafe, I'm always happy to try a sweet potato sandwich. I've had some great ones, like the one at 3 Little Figs, but I've also had some disappointing ones, with textures and flavors that don't quite work. Last week I had one that was just so-so and decided that I should try my hand at making my own version. Here's what makes a good sweet potato sandwich, in my opinion: 1) fully cooked sweet potatoes (seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised what some places serve), 2) goat cheese, 3) a dressing or sauce that is both sweet and acidic, 4) good hearty bread. For my sandwich, I made a dressing with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar to toss with arugula, and also added some avocado because well, everything is better with avocado on top, right? It came out wonderful - we don't eat sandwiches at home too often, but this one might have to make another appearance soon!

What is your favorite sandwich?


Sweet potato sandwiches with goat cheese, arugula, and avocado

I'm giving general instructions but not specific amounts. Proportions can be adjusted to your liking.

Sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch slices (no need to peel unless the skin is extra thick)
Goat cheese
Avocado slices
Arugula
Balsamic vinegar
Maple syrup
Hearty bread, preferably whole grain, toasted
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 deg F. Brush sweet potato slices with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. Roast in the preheated oven until sweet potatoes are browned and can be easily pierced with a fork, flipping halfway through, about 10 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, make a 1:2 mixture of balsamic vinegar to maple syrup (1 tbs balsamic vinegar with 2 tbs maple syrup will make enough dressing for about 4 smallish sandwiches). Toss arugula with enough dressing to lightly coat the leaves.

For each sandwich, spread one slice of toasted bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, and sprinkle the cheese with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with roasted sweet potato, avocado, arugula, and a second slice of toasted bread. Serve immediately.

6 comments:

  1. Love the idea of sweet potato in a sandwich! I also love pairing goat cheese with sweet things, so I bet the maple syrup and sweet potatoes go really well with it.

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  2. Yours looks exactly like 3LF's!! Funny, when I opened up the post I thought, that looks familiar. I am in love with that sandwich.

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  3. sounds awesome! also sounds like one i was eye-ing at the buttery... might have to try my hand at it instead soon :)

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  4. sweet potatoes and goat cheese on a sandwich- YES PLEASE!

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  5. I had something similar at Crema cafe in the summer -- it was incredible and thank you for showing me that I can have this at home!

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  6. Honestly, I've never seen or thought of a sweet potato on a sandwich, but it sounds like a good idea to me. Especially with the goat cheese. I also have an award waiting for you on my blog!

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