I’ve been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables lately, and one trend that caught my eye has been food bloggers and their beautiful pictures of sweet potato toasts with such colorful and varied toppings. I’m here to tell you that everything they’ve told you about making sweet potato toast IS A LIE!
Lie #1 – Just cut slices of the sweet potato!
This is the first step – how hard could it be? Answer: AWFUL. Sweet potatoes are starchy and hard to cut, let alone cutting perfect quarter inch slices. My first experience trying to cut sweet potato toast resulted in me almost cutting my finger off and then surrendering, dicing that sucker and turning it into sweet potato hash.
To remedy this, I’ve been using a mandoline slicer that I picked up at Bed, Bath & Beyond with a coupon. Even with the fancy slicer, it’s been a struggle – but with a little practice it gets easier!
Almost perfect slices with the mandoline.
Lie #2 – Just pop it in the toaster!
If you try to make sweet potato toast in the toaster, you’re going to have a bad time. For starters, you can only cook two pieces this way (unless you have a four slice toaster). Also, in order to actually take a raw sweet potato to toasty perfection, you’re going to need to do four or five full strength toasts. In other words, it’s going to take FOR-EV-ER.
I’ve been slicing a sweet potato (I usually get 4-6 usable slices) and then cooking in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes. After they cool, I store in a sandwich bag until I’m ready to eat it, then do one normal cycle in the toaster. PERFECTION.
Lie #3 – Breakfast only!
Don’t get me wrong, you can certainly enjoy sweet potato toast for breakfast. But you can also enjoy it for any meal or even for a snack. For example, I just had it for dinner! I had two slices of toast topped with 1/2 an avocado, two soft boiled eggs and hot sauce with a side of veggies. I’m also thinking they’d make a good base for chicken or tuna salad!
Although let’s be real: I’m probably going to save myself a lot of hassle and just make sweet potato hash!