Sweet Potato Scallops with Caramelized Onion

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Select slender potatoes that will make perfect scallops when sliced crosswise.


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3 slender sweet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large onion, thinly sliced


1. In a saucepan, cover the sweet potatoes with water and boil over high heat until just tender, about 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool. Peel and slice them crosswise 1 inch thick.

2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half of the sweet potato slices and cook over moderately high heat until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and sweet potatoes.

3. Add the onion to the skillet, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, scatter over the sweet potatoes and serve.

Wine Recommendation: This wine-friendly side dish could be happily paired with a nonvintage sparkling wine, such as the Zardetto Prosecco from Italy. The onions make it an especially good match with the fruity 1996 or 1997 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais.

Created date

June 2004