Sweet potatoes are really getting into everything these days, but it was the recent general realization that they can be sliced up lengthways and toasted, in a regular toaster, that really took this trend to the next level.
Steroid Cafe took it up in Abu Dhabi last year, offering a sweet potato eggs Benedict on Fridays, outside of the regular menu. Jones the Grocer’s new menu offers a jazzed-up version topped with avocado, feta, chili, lime and two poached eggs. Sweet potato avocado toast is also on the menu at Park House Cafe, at Kite Beach in Dubai.
As Dubai Fit Foodie, aka Gbemi Giwa, wrote on her blog last fall: “The humble sweet potato is giving sliced bread a run for its money and I’m not mad at it.”
As for how much sweet potato one should eat, that will vary from person to person. It’s important that we eat a wide variety of food for optimum nutrition, so Holland says twice weekly would be a good base. Sweet potatoes are not ideal for people who develop kidney stones, as they contain oxalate, which can combine with calcium and lead to kidney stones. Those who are diabetic would get the best nutritional benefits by combining sweet potatoes with leafy greens, to help balance out their sweetness.
We can probably thank the no-carb, gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30 craze out there for the sweet potato trend, but unlike other wheat-free hacks (cauliflower crust, for example) this one is not only nutritious, but super easy.
Sweet potatoes are cheap, plentiful and huge, meaning just one specimen yields multiple slices. Get one of those insanely large ones at Carrefour and treat it like the healthiest loaf of bread ever.
Check out #sweetpotatotoast on Instagram for all the latest toppings. As Giwa writes “Just like sliced bread you can top your sweet-potato toast however you like, think PB & J, sunny side up, honey etc.”
The slices stay firm and, according to Giwa, sweet potatoes carry flavors well, so it’s fine to go crazy with toppings, both savoury and sweet.
- Cut off two “slices” from a giant sweet potato, each about a centimeter thick. (The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook, obviously. But the thinner they are, the less stable they are to carry toppings when you eat with your hands.)
- Toasting will take some experimenting. As nutritionist Laura Holland puts it, “It’s all in the quality of your toasting skills!” So be vigilant. Pop the slices in a toaster, setting it either high or medium, depending on how hot it runs.
- Run the slices through at least twice, if not three times, stopping when they begin to char (the slight charring can be seen in the photo from Jones the Grocer). Careful of your fingers, they will be hot!
- Top with: Almost anything. Guacamole, avocado and poached egg, almond or peanut butter, a slice of turkey bacon and a dash of maple syrup, ricotta and strawberries, or anything else you would put on a piece of toast.
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Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.