Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese Bites

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Slice and arrange your sweet potato rounds in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Brush tops of sweet potato with oil and lightly season with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  4. Bake sweet potato rounds for 20 – 30 minutes (they should be slightly crispy on the top but still soft in the middle)
  5. 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)
  6. Remove potato rounds from the oven and place on a serving tray. I usually let them cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. Sprinkle potato rounds with cranberries and sliced almonds – I like to gently press them into the cheese so the toppings don’t fall off.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • 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.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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