Claire who? I had never heard of this person, but I've been out of the country for three years so I guess there's a few things I've missed. Apparently she's the host of a new show that concerns itself with cooking dishes with only 5 ingredients. That's an idea that I can get onboard with....some of the recipes that I've tried or have seen recently are very ingredient complicated. I like simplicity.
I picked her Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe and my first reaction to tasting it was "Meh." It could have been me, I don't know. My family were sort of "Meh" as well. The recipe came with problems...Foodtv.com apparently couldn't be bothered to list ALL of the directions, so I had to guess at the end. See for yourself here.. Also, the cooking times listed were underestimated in my opinion. 40 minutes wasn't long enough to cook the potatoes. With those complaints, here we go..
Cube sweet potatoes.
I used grade A maple syrup since that's what I had (recipe calls for Grade B.)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (I think more would have been better.)
2 tablespoons. I'm not entirely sure why this much oil. It wasn't really necessary to keep them moist and didn't help crisp them up. I would reduce this amount.
Stir it up and stick in preheated oven set to 400 degrees. Recipe said roast 30 minutes, checking at 15. They were rocks at 15. Still rocks at 30. Still hard in the middle at 45 and almost done at an hour.
Ah...my favorites...shallots. Come here my pretties.
Thinly slice them. Wipe tears because you forgot to turn the tap on while slicing.
Sautee in pan with yet ANOTHER 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I like my evoo as much as the next gal, but this recipe is bordering on excessive IMO.
Sautee until they start to carmelize.
Pour in 2 tbsp maple syrup.
Fancy balsamico that I can get here in Naples...
2 tablespoons of that.
Sautee another 5 minutes until nice and carmelized.
Stir together with roasted potatoes. This is where the recipe directions ended. I served at this point. The potatoes were sort of bland but the shallots were divine....
Completed dinner with the home made cranberry sauce, best turkey gravy ever, roast turkey and stuffing.