Thursday, July 30, 2009

Grilled Sweet Potato Sticks and Grilled Okra

Grilled Sweet Potato Sticks

1/2 cup natural walnut pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 bags HEB Ready, Fresh, Go! Sweet Potato Sticks (I was so dissappointed I couldn't find these, but bought sweet potatoes instead)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 Central Market All Natural Dessert Spice Rub (I used cinnamon)
1/2 cup honey

Combine walnut pieces and sugar in heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Stir mixture while cooking 3-4 minutes, until sugar melts and glazes the walnuts. Immediately spread glazed walnuts on a sheet of foil to cool. Chop walnuts into small chunks or desired texture and set aside.

Prepare sweet potato sticks in microwave according to package directions. (I sliced mine lengthwise, left the peel on, and steamed them in the microwave about 5-6 minutes.)

Carefully remove sweet potato sticks from bags and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Add olive oil and toss sweet potato sticks gently. Sprinkle dessert rub on sweet potato sticks and toss gently. Set aside.

Prepare charcoal or gas grill for cooking (375 degrees) and spray a grilling mesh with nonstick cooking spray. Place sweet potato sticks on mesh and grill covered 5 minutes. (I cut mine into slices after grilling.)

Place in serving dish, top with glazed walnuts, and drizzle with honey.

Grilled Okra

1 qt. okra, washed
Balsamic vinaigrette

Toss okra in vinaigrette and let sit as long as possible. Grill 5-10 minutes, or until to desired doneness.

We had these sides with steaks and loved them both. Grilled okra is our new favorite for now! Russ said it's as good as fried.

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