The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and Thanksgiving is only a few days away. There’s so much to be grateful for; having food on the table, our health and wellness and family to love are high on my list! To encompass all three, here’s a relatively simple and healthy appetizer that you and yours can enjoy while the turkey is roasting. Made with hearty yet meat-free ingredients, these bites are a great option all season long.
Hope you enjoy these, along with a glass of wine and some great company! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese Bites
Makes approximately 25 bites
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, sliced in 1/4 inch rounds
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 5 oz. goat cheese (I bought a log shape which made it easy for assembling the bites), room temperature
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Slice and arrange your sweet potato rounds in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Brush tops of sweet potato with oil and lightly season with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
- Bake sweet potato rounds for 20 – 30 minutes (they should be slightly crispy on the top but still soft in the middle)
- If you haven’t yet, toast your sliced almond (keep your eyes on them, I have been known to burn mine! In the toaster oven, bake on a tray at 350 F for approximately 5 minutes until light brown)
- Remove potato rounds from the oven and place on a serving tray. I usually let them cool for about 5-10 minutes.
- If you bought a goat cheese log, thinly slice the cheese and place over top each potato round. If not, use two spoons to gently place about a 1/2 teaspoon on each potato round.
- Sprinkle potato rounds with cranberries and sliced almonds – I like to gently press them into the cheese so the toppings don’t fall off.
- The sweet potato rounds can be baked the day before if you won’t have time/room for them on Thanksgiving day. If possible, it’s nice to warm them up in the oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes before eating.
- If you don’t like goat cheese, you can substitute it for cream cheese mixed with sour cream or Greek yogurt (2:1 ratio).
- Try crispy, crumbled bacon instead of the almonds for a non-vegetarian option.