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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Feta

Kate S
Posted by Kate S on Apr 30, 2021

 

If you’re local to Chicago, you know about Mother Nature’s wild mood swings when it comes to spring weather. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny, and the next day it’s snowing. Despite the fluctuating temperatures, the moment I get a taste of warm weather, I’m ready to fire up the grill again on a routine basis.

Kates patioI love grilling everything from beef ribs, to chicken, to cheese, and even fruit, but I really love grilling vegetables because there are so many options (eggplant, zucchini, onions, peppers are some of my go-tos), and I love the smoky flavor that the grill imparts which really transforms them into something special.

grilled veggiesRecently, I decided to experiment with grilling sweet potatoes and the results were surprisingly delicious and definitely a side dish that I’ll be enjoying all summer long.

Sweet potatoes grill up nicely because they are hearty – you won’t have to worry about them falling apart or slipping through your grill grates! The smoky flavor the grill imparts really pairs nicely with the natural sweetness of the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes work well with a variety of flavors – cinnamon and brown sugar, curry, maple, rosemary, chipotle, and so much more – so you can mix up your own seasonings or use your favorite rub. I added feta cheese at the end for a pop of salt, and some fresh herbs for brightness but feel free to change things up!

These sweet and spicy grilled sweet potatoes take sweet potatoes to a whole new level that you’ll be enjoying all summer long. They can be enjoyed fresh off the grill or room temperature. You can certainly double or triple this recipe if you have a bigger crowd.

 

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Feta

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Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 

2 medium sweet potatoes

1/4 cup garlic grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 cup Jalapeno Gold

2 oz feta cheese

1 Tablespoon fresh basil

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley

 

1. Preheat grill on high.

2. Cut sweet potatoes (unpeeled) into ½ inch slices.

cut sweet potatoes3. Arrange on a platter and drizzle with garlic grapeseed oil.

garlic grapeseed oil4. In a small bowl, mix salt, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, pepper, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne.

5. Sprinkle sweet potatoes with spice blend. Flip and repeat by drizzling with garlic grapeseed and seasoning the other side.

seasoned potatoes6. Over direct heat, place sweet potatoes on grill grates and turn the heat to low. I use a gas grill and find it’s easier to start the grill on high to make sure it’s hot and then turn the temperature down while the potatoes are cooking. If you are using charcoal, I find it easiest to start the potatoes on direct heat and then move them to an indirect spot so they can finish cooking without burning.

potatoes on grill7. Let potatoes cook for 7-8 minutes on each side, covered (grill should be 350 degrees) until you have nice char marks. If the potatoes are getting too dark before being cooked through, you can move them to a cooler spot on the grill (or use a rack to create some space between the heat source).

potatoes grill marks8. After the potatoes are nearly cooked through, glaze each slice with Jalapeno Gold (this stuff is pure magic!).

jalapeno gold-19. Close the grill and let cook for another 3-5 minutes.

glazed potatoes on grill10. Sprinkle with feta, close grill, cook for another 1-2 minutes to soften.

feta cheese potatoes on grill11. Platter up your sweet potatoes and garnish with torn basil and parsley.

plated grilled sweet potatoes

If these grilled sweet potatoes have you ready to fire up the grill, join us at Lincoln Square and become a grill master in Grilling Boot Camp on Saturday, May 29 or Saturday, June 19.

Or check out some of our other upcoming patio classes at Lincoln Square! You can kick back and leave the cooking to us:

Or you can roll up your sleeves and do the cooking yourself:

Or if you can’t join us in-person, we’ve got some great virtual grilling classes coming up:

And if you need some new rubs to up your grilling game, some garlic grapeseed oil or Jalapeno Gold, come shop with us at Lincoln Square. Our retail store will be open Wednesday through Saturday starting May 1st!

See our class calendar

 

 

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Author: Kate Schrager
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Feta

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Feta

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 Mininactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup garlic grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ¼ cup Jalapeno Gold
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • 1 tbs fresh basil
  • 1 tbs fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes (unpeeled) into ½ inch slices.
  3. Arrange on a platter and drizzle with garlic grapeseed oil.
  4. In a small bowl, mix salt, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, pepper, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne.
  5. Sprinkle sweet potatoes with spice blend. Flip and repeat by drizzling with garlic grapeseed and seasoning the other side.
  6. Over direct heat, place sweet potatoes on grill grates and turn the heat to low. I use a gas grill and find it’s easier to start the grill on high to make sure it’s hot and then turn the temperature down while the potatoes are cooking. If you are using charcoal, I find it easiest to start the potatoes on direct heat and then move them to an indirect spot so they can finish cooking without burning.
  7. Let potatoes cook for 7-8 minutes on each side, covered (grill should be 350 degrees) until you have nice char marks. If the potatoes are getting too dark before being cooked through, you can move them to a cooler spot on the grill (or use a rack to create some space between the heat source).
  8. After the potatoes are nearly cooked through, glaze each slice with Jalapeno Gold.
  9. Close the grill and let cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with feta, close grill, cook for another 1-2 minutes to soften.
  11. Platter up your sweet potatoes and garnish with torn basil and parsley.
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