Goat Cheese & Honeyed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Black Grapes

by Charlotte Bonavida
Goat Cheese & Honeyed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Black Grapes – Book Two

“You’re not like the others. I’ve seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that. The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me. No one has time any more for anyone else. You’re one of the few who put up with me. That’s why I think it’s so strange you’re a fireman, it just doesn’t seem right for you, somehow.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Guy allowed the smells and sights and sounds to swirl around him like cigarette smoke, taking it all in. He didn’t say much just watched the mother, father, daughter, and uncle talk and laugh about their day, what the world was coming to, their fears, everything. Clarisse smiled at him when he did try to interject a thought into the conversation, but Guy’s conversational skills were sorely lacking. But he was not to blame, oh no. Anyone would have a hard time with conversation if they had only spoken to the “family” on the parlor walls and other firemen about the latest drill.

The fireman thought brought a memory to his mind. “I have seen,” Guy professed with Uncle’s (with a bit of a wary eye) prompting about the job of fireman after the table talk had waned during dessert. “I have seen a woman. Not a young or pretty woman; she was quite old and protesting us burning her books. She did not stand in the street picketing, for that will get you picked up. However, she protested the burning of her books passionately. She protested with everything she had, literally. She was burned along with her books when she would not leave her home when we arrived to set her books on fire. I stood stunned as she lit the match herself after we had poured the kerosene before even the Captain could light his minuscule torch. Since that moment I have wondered, what is in those pages that are worth dying for?” Guy finished softly.

Goat Cheese & Honeyed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Black Grapes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • ½ lb black seedless grapes
  • 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 oz goat cheese room temperature
  • 1 tbsp wildflower honey
  • 1 tsp crushed red chili flake

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and wash the sweet potatoes and grapes thoroughly.


  2. Combine salt and oil in a large bowl and add the potatoes and grapes, then rub in the oil and salt to coat.

  3. Prick the sweet potatoes a couple of times then wrap them tightly in foil and put in oven to bake for 30 minutes. Then rotate the potatoes with tongs.

  4. At the 30 minute mark, spread the grapes on a small sheet or cookie pan and add to the oven. Cook both another 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender when poked.


  5. Pull the potatoes and grapes out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then make a slit from end to end on the sweet potatoes and push the points towards each other to fluff the sweet potato insides up.


  6. Dot 1 oz of goat cheese over each sweet potato in ½ tsp amounts.


  7. Then top with ¼ each of the roasted grapes and chili flake and drizzle honey over each as well.

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