The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema

Dining with the Doc: Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema


Your guests will rave about these adorable bites!  Nutrient-packed sweet potatoes are sliced into coins, roasted in the oven and topped with melted cheddar cheese and chipotle crema.  They’re the perfect, healthy finger food for entertaining.    




By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


With the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards both approaching, the folks over at Cabot Creamery decided to challenge the Recipe Redux members to create a healthier snack that’s perfect for entertaining.  I love a challenge like this!

Cabot Creamery is a family-owned cooperative of more than 1200 farms located throughout New England and New York.  They make several varieties of cheese that I use often in my cooking because they have wonderful flavor and they melt really well.  In addition, their cheddar cheese is a nice protein-packed snack and is naturally lactose free.  Not only do they make a great tasting product, but Cabot also gives 100% of their profits back to their farmers.  Isn’t that wonderful?





For this challenge, I decided that I wanted to make a lighter and easier version of one of my favorite party appetizers- potato skins.  My Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema have all of the flavor of potato skins with none of the fuss.  Plus they’re packed with nutrients that are beneficial for your health.   Traditional potato skins are classic game day eats.  Unfortunately, they’re usually loaded with calories, fat and sodium.  They’re made by baking Russet potatoes and scooping out the filling.  The potato shells are then baked again to get them crispy before being stuffed with all sorts of goodies like sour cream, cheese and bacon.  That’s a lot of work and it’s easy to get carried away with all those yummy toppings! 




My cheesy sweet potato coins are suitable for a casual game day get-together, an upscale red carpet viewing party or anything in between!  Instead of the traditional spuds, I swap in sweet potatoes for an extra boost of nutrition.  Sweet potatoes contain an impressive array of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, manganese, potassium and fiber.  I slice them into thin coins, which I toss with olive oil and spices.  Look for long, narrow potatoes, as they’ll make smaller coins that your guests can eat in one bite.  I then roast the coins in the oven and because they're so thin, they cook really a lot faster than baking a whole potato! 




Once they’re cooked, I top the potato coins off with yummy Cabot cheese (I used Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Premium Aged Cheddar Cheese), which adds a punch of flavor as well as a boost of protein and calcium.  Then they go back in the oven for a few minutes…just long enough to make the cheese super ooey gooey!  A dollop of chipotle infused crema, made with Greek-style yogurt, and a garnish of sliced scallions add the perfect finishing touches.   




Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema
Makes 8-10 servings

Ingredients:
Sweet Potato Coins:
1 ½ pounds (about 3 medium) sweet potatoes (choose long, narrow potatoes)
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
6 ounces Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Premium Aged Cheddar Cheese, grated

Chipotle Crema:
½ cup Cabot Lowfat Plain Greek-Style Yogurt
1 teaspoon minced chipotles in adobo (more if you like spicy)
½ teaspoon adobo sauce from the can
1 teaspoon lime juice
¼ cup sliced scallions


Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Wash the potatoes and slice them into ¼-inch slices or “coins.”  Place them in a bowl and add the oil, cumin, paprika and salt.  Toss to combine well.  Arrange the potato coins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Roast in the oven 10 minutes, then flip and roast another 10 minutes until tender.  Remove the tray from the oven and sprinkle the coins with equal amounts of cheese.  Return the tray to the oven and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted. 

Meanwhile, make the chipotle crema by mixing the yogurt, chipotles, adobo sauce and lime juice together in a small bowl.

Arrange the sweet potato coins on a serving platter.  Top each with a dollop of chipotle crema.  Garnish with scallions.



One serving (6-8 coins): Calories 155; Fat 7.6g (Sat 4g); Protein 6.1g; Carb 15.2g; Fiber 2.2g; Sodium 274mg

Cabot's newest fan was really excited to "help" mommy with this recipe!



48 comments :

  1. Yum- these look delicious- and easy to make- a bonus for sure! Also, your little one is super cute.

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren! Yes, they're super easy to make, which is always a plus!

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  2. I roast sweet potatoes like it's nobody's business (most of the time simply with oil, cinnamon) so this is perfect! You def have me convinced. I shall go the extra mile and top with cheese and the crema!

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    1. Haha, me too Min! I've never met a roasted sweet potato I didn't like :)

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  3. Cabots Creamery sounds like such an amazing company- Let alone CHEESE!

    These look delicious, Sonali- Another ballpark!

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  4. This is my kind of appetizer!! Sweet potatoes and cheese are my favorite and these coins are just so cute!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! They are pretty cute (which is probably why my baby couldn't resist them)!

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  5. Love these little bites! I probably wouldn't be ble to stop eating them, especially with that Cabot cheese!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! I know what you mean, that Cabot cheese is hard to resist :)

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  6. Love the idea of sweet potato "coins". Yum!!

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  7. Love how your child stepped in to help! These sweet potato coins will definitely be a hit at any party!

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    1. Haha, she always tries to get involved with mommy's cooking! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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  8. These look amazing! The serving says 8-10 servings and 1 serving size is 155 calories so what counts as a serving? 1 coin? Thanks!

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    1. One serving is about 6-8 coins, depending on how many coins you have (which will depend on how long your potatoes are and how thinly you slice them). You should end up with between 48-60 coins.

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    2. Awesome!! Thank you so much. I am obsessed with sweet potatoes- I literally eat them every day so this sounds amazing! Thank you :)

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  9. I could eat sweet potatoes every single day. These are my kind of bites! Loving that crema on top and the Farmhouse cheddar is amazing!

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    1. I hear ya- I LOVE sweet potatoes too! And isn't that cheddar so good? Thanks Alanna :)

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  10. This is a BRILLIANT twist on potato skins! Love these little coins - so adorable and fun AND healthy!!!
    Good Luck with the contest!
    And your little one is just too cute!

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    1. Thanks so much Shashi! Good luck to you too my friend :)

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  11. I see cheese lovers run in your family too! Tasty looking cheesy bites!

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    1. She definitely takes after her mommy and daddy! Thanks Cindy!

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  12. Yum! <3 This looks amazing, and I love this twist on regular potato skins! I have a sweet potato that's been hanging out on my counter for ages (good thing they seem to last forever!), and I pretty much need this to happen in my life right now. :D

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    1. Haha, you better get on this STAT! Thanks doc :)

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  13. Love these!! I always struggle with healthy buffet/finger foods. Great idea Sonali :-)

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  14. First, your daughter is adorable! Second, these look perfect for Superbowl - or as an any day appetizer actually. So petite and perfectly bite-sized. Yum.

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny! Of course I'm a little biased, but I couldn't agree more :)

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  15. I have both white cheddar and sweet potatoes right now - you inspired my nighttime snack!

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  16. Wow this is right up my alley. I love cheddar cheese and sweet potatoes! Perfect combo. Can't wait to try these!

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  17. I could eat about 20 of these...they look wonderful, Sonali!

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    1. Thanks Ann! I think you'd have to fight Pete for them ;)

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  18. These are super cute, creative and I'm sure delicious! Need to try them soon! Good luck with the contest!

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    1. Thanks so much Mira, that's really sweet of you!

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  19. this looks adorable/delicious/healthy - im sold!

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  20. Wow these look so good!! Especially the chipotle crema part :)

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    1. Thanks Emily! The crema really adds a nice bit of spice.

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  21. This is super creative! I love it..Good luck with the contest!

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  22. Since my hubs is both GF and corn-free we eat a ton of potatoes and sweet potatoes. This is an ideal way to switch things up. Yum!

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    1. Thanks so much Regan! I hope you guys enjoy them if you wind up making them!

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  23. Confession, I love potato skins! Not the calories though, so I haven't had them in years :( Now I can enjoy them again without the guilt!! Yay!

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    1. I hear ya, I love potato skins too! These are definitely a great guilt-free option.

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  24. I like your post. This post really awesome and very helpful to me. Please keep posting good contents. Thank you.

    kimera

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