Tomorrow on Good Food, Evan talks to Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowen about what food trends we can expect in 2013. One of her predictions is popped, or puffed, grains. Here in LA you can see popped grains on the menu at Ricardo Zarate’s Mo Chica and at Susan Feniger’s Street (and in her recipe for Bhel Puri).
In the following recipe for Sweet Potatoes with Curried Puffed Grains, Grace Parisi pairs mixed puffed grains with curry and sweet potatoes.
Keep reading for the recipe…
Sweet Potatoes with Curried Puffed Grains
By Grace Parisi for Food & Wine Magazine
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon Madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
4 cups mixed puffed grains, such as rice, wheat, corn and millet
4 small yellow or orange sweet potatoes, baked until tender
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil with the maple syrup, curry powder and cayenne and season with salt. Add the puffed grains and stir to coat. Spread in an even layer on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and bake, stirring twice, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes; the mix will crisp as it cools. Break up any big clumps.
2. Halve the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin wall of flesh on 4 of the halves. (Discard the remaining 4 empty shells.) Mash the potato flesh with the butter and season with salt. Spoon the mixture back into the shells and bake until hot, about 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to plates and sprinkle with some of the puffed grains. Serve right away, passing extra puffed grains at the table.