Once again Pinterest has inspired me to make something I would never have otherwise made. Actually, that is only true in part. It was my niece Claudia who asked, “what else can I do with sweet potatoes? I’m fed up…” She is a fitness enthusiast and watches what she eats. She is even trying the Paleo thing. So while I was was perusing Pinterest, I saw a recipe for Sweet Potato “Buns” and sent it to Claudia straight away. I was sure she hadn’t tried this yet. I was intrigued. Will they hold up? Can they really replace a bun? The answer is Yes and Yes. It won’t magically morph into bread but its a delicious substitution. My husband loved his mini pulled-pork slider and even ate some of mine. I was apparently too slow so it must have looked like I wasn’t going to finish it.
You can season them as you like… a little salt, paprika and cumin as the original recipe calls for but since I was making pulled pork sliders I decided on salt, paprika and cinnamon. It was great plus cinnamon is excellent for your health.
I did not include the recipe for the pulled pork ’cause this post isn’t about that. I cheated and bought “Lou’s ready-made pulled pork” ready in 4 minutes. It was great. However you can use ground meat or pulled chicken – anything you’d like.
Mini Post – Sweet Potato “Buns”
Qty: 2 sliders per person should be enough.
Depending on how many sliders you want to make – 1 or 2 large, evenly shaped sweet potatoes. (The diameter will be the size of your slider bun)
vegetable oil or coconut oil
sprinkle of paprika
sprinkle of cumin or cinnamon or other
Preheat oven to 425F
Slice the sweet potato into 1/4″ thick rounds. Lay them out on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Brush each slice with oil and sprinkle with the spices and salt then flip and do the same on the other side.
Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown on the outside and cooked all the way through, flipping halfway through. You should be able to easily insert a fork but should not break apart.
Serve – Top a sweet potato slice with pulled pork or other meat and add any toppings you like. Add your top “bun” and voila! I added cheese and a small lettuce leaf to mine.
You can pick them up and eat them like a regular hamburger but have your napkin handy!!