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Sweet Potato-Feta Rounds
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
The sturdy texture of sweet potatoes makes them perfect for roasting and using as colorful orange ?cups? for tasty fillings like this one, made with feta, garlic, and chives.
3 long, thin sweet potatoes, peeled (about 1? pounds)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
4 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled (3/4 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 450?F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Cut potatoes into 30 (3/4-inch-thick) rounds. With a melon baller, carefully scoop a pocket into each potato piece, being careful not to scoop through bottoms; discard scooped-out portion.
Combine potato pieces, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and garlic in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spread potatoes out on the baking sheet, scooped-out side up, and roast until potatoes are just tender and edges are starting to brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, mash feta, chives, and remaining 1 teaspoon oil together in a small bowl. Season with pepper to taste.
Remove potatoes from oven and fill each pocket with a heaping ? teaspoon cheese mixture. Return to oven and bake until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Makes 10 (3-piece) servings
Nutrition at a Glance
Per serving: 80 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 150 mg sodium
Make-Ahead: Cheese mixture can be prepared up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use. Sweet potatoes can be roasted (without cheese mixture) up to 8 hours before the party; cover and leave at room temperature. Fill with cheese mixture and warm through just before serving.
Reprinted from: The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Entertaining Family And Friends by Arthur Agatston, MD ? 2006 Arthur Agatston, M.D. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling at (800) 848-4735.
Preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook, TIle SNlth Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide, and The South Beach Diet Dining Guide. Dr. Agatston is frequently quoted as an expert in cardiac health and diet in the media. He maintains a private cardiology practice, focused on prevention, in Miami Beach, where he lives with his wife, Sari, and their two sons.
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