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Dennys Food and Recipes: BBQ Grilling: Goat Cheese Stuffed Grilled Sweet Potatoes: From Denny: This is a delicious unusual recipe twist for the popular sweet potato. We all know that goat cheese is a low salt and low fat alternative to the regular highly salted - OK, totally yummy - cheeses.
I've tried goat cheese as the soft melting quality cheese in my omelets and found it a bit sour in comparison to my favorite cheddar cheese but eventually created a medley of white cheddar, fontina or mozzarella in addition to just a touch of goat cheese for my favorite blending of flavors..
Yet that slightly tangy sour taste is the perfect healthy complement to the very sugary sticky sweet potato. This recipe also adds fresh thyme and olive oil for aromatic delight and lots of fresh garlic and butter for robust flavor. To sweeten it up a bit the zest of an entire orange is added for that citrus brightness that pairs so very well with sweet potato!
It's advised you slice the sweet potato in thick chunks so it is easy for the thick smear of cheese, oils, herbs and citrus zest to adhere better. If you like your potatoes to have a bit of crispness on the skin, then open up the aluminum foil in the last 10 minutes of grilling to brown and crisp up a bit.
Also note that you will require a microwave to partially bake the potatoes before placing on the grill. This recipe is best done at home instead of at some remote fishing camp with no electricity - like we have so many of here on the Gulf Coast, especially Louisiana. :)
This is such an easy recipe it is kid friendly and a good choice to help teach the kids to learn how to grill by helping you with the prep work. What creative kid would not enjoy smearing a gooey mess onto those sweet potatoes? I rest my case. :) Enjoy!
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