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Need an appetizer that is truly the easiest thing ever and tastes like you put a lot of effort into it? These Sweet Potato Starter Bites fit the bill. They are easy to make, can be put together in about a half an hour (which includes 20 minutes of baking time) and are really versatile.
Sweet Potato Starter Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Need an appetizer that is truly the easiest thing ever and tastes like you put a lot of effort into it? These Sweet Potato Starter Bites fit the bill. They are easy to make, can be put together in about a half an hour (which includes 20 minutes of baking time) and are really versatile.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato appetizers
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 228 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or yams peeled
  • 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios meat only, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts meat only, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 4-6 dried figs sliced into slivers
  • Any dried herb of your liking tarragon, basil, oregano all work well
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey for drizzling optional
  • olive oil for brushing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Take the cream cheese out of fridge and allow it to soften while the you work with the sweet potatoes.
  3. Slice peeled sweet potatoes/yams into 1/4" slices. You can cut them at a diagonal to get a longer diagonal piece or cut them straight across to get a more round looking bite.
  4. Place olive oil in a small bowl and use a brush to baste both sides of sweet potato/yam and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are complete.
  5. Place in oven for 20 minutes. Edges will turn a golden brown, The potato/yam will be firm on the outside and the inside will be like a baked potato consistency.
  6. Once rounds are finished baking sheet, allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Once you can handle the rounds, using a knife put a thin layer of cream cheese on all rounds.
  8. If I'm using multi colored potato/yams I will have one color with one set of toppings and the second color with a different topping.
  9. Lightly top 1/2 of the cream cheese topped rounds with a small amount of chopped pistachios and dried cranberry bits. Then sprinkle with the herb of your choice.
  10. On the other half of the cream cheese topped rounds place 2 slivers of the dried figs on top then sprinkle with a few pieces of the chopped walnuts.
  11. Place all rounds on the serving platter. On top of the fig/walnut rounds drizzle a little bit of honey over them to allow for a slight bit of sweetness.
  12. Serve while they are still warm.
Recipe Notes

You can get a colorful plate by using different colors of yams and sweet potatoes. The cooking time is the same no matter what color/variety you use when using yams or sweet potatoes.

This recipe also would work with russet style potatoes, but the cooking time would be an additional 10 minutes for a russet potato. If you are doing russets and yam/sweet potatoes place the russet slices in the oven for 10 minutes then add the yam/sweet potato slices on the tray. By doing it this way, your rounds will all finish at the same time.


Calorie Information for this recipe was calculated in My Fitness Pal using the ingredients/brands I purchased to make the recipe. If you are following a strict diet, please calculate the calories using the brands/ingredients you actually purchased for complete accuracy.