Last night, my husband, son and I went out to eat at one of my now favorite restaurants. It’s my favorite because I can order sweet potato fries, which I have discovered is one of my favorite foods. I make baked sweet potatoes at home all the time now. Oooh, they are so good. (See how I make them at the end of this post.)
At the restaurant, I did well when I ordered…I had the sweet potato fries (versus the mashed potatoes), the steamed asparagus spears and a sirloin steak, which is one of the leanest cuts of steak (besides the spendy filet mignon!). The meal came with a big chunk of bread and a pat of butter, which I avoided.
I was doing really well…the food was tasty and I was feeling good about my choices. Then, I did the mistake of tasting my husband’s mashed potatoes, which was not just a little mistake, but a huge mistake. OMG! They were the best tasting mashed potatoes ever. Why, you may ask. Because they were made with butter and heavy cream. It almost tasted like they had a white sauce on them or something. They were creamy and exactly how I like my mashed potatoes…not good for you and loaded with fat and calories.
Well, I had a couple….okay, a few bites. I tried to get my husband to hurry up and eat all of them so I could quit thinking about them, but that didn’t work. He said he wasn’t going to finish them because he was full. I finally made him take his napkin and cover them up before I finished them off. Oh, they were so good. I ate my entire meal, so it wasn’t like I was hungry. It was the taste. Oh, the taste of those potatoes. I have been a potato lover since I was born.
The waitress finally took our plates and I was so happy. I didn’t have to think about those darn potatoes anymore. I don’t know why I tasted them in the first place. Next time, I will know better!
Here’s how I make my sweet potatoes at home:
I scrub up the potatoes, just like a baked potato. Then, I cut them in to bite-sized chunks or cubes and spread them on a cookie sheet. I spray them with butter flavor Pam or other butter flavored spray and sprinkle them with sea salt. Regular salt will also work. Then put them in a 400-degree oven and bake anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. That’s it. They are ready to eat and enjoy!!!!