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Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

 
I remember eating these caramelized sweet potatoes when I was young for every holiday in Korea with my family. I came to the US when I was 6, but I can still recall gathering with my relatives and eating a feast of delicious Korean foods. I especially loved Lunar New Year, because this was when all the kids would bow to the elders to wish them a bountiful New Year, and in return, they would hand the kids money. It was the best part!

Lunar New Year is just around the corner (Jan 28th) and while I don’t celebrate it like I did in Korea, when Christine from Vermilion Roots asked if I would like to join in on a virtual Lunar New Year party with other awesome food bloggers, I had to say yes!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang
 
The recipe I’m contributing is called Goguma Mattang in Korean, and it’s basically deep fried sweet potato wedges that are coated in sweet caramel sauce. They are sticky on the outside and crispy on the inside, and they are pretty much the most addicting dessert ever.

I don’t like to deep fry anything at home, since I like to use stable, heat-resistant oils like coconut oil or duck fat for frying, and it can get super expensive with those healthy oils. So I baked the sweet potatoes in high heat then broiled them to get them extra crispy, and it worked so well!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang


 
Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, I hope you end up making these, because they are absolutely delicious! The honey caramel sauce enhances the sweetness of the potatoes, and this mattang makes me miss my family and Korea so much.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Japanese sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut them into thick wedges making sure they are all evenly sized.
  3. Coat and toss the sweet potato wedges with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sea salt.
  4. Spread the sweet potato wedges on a baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the sweet potatoes are golden.
  5. Turn up the oven to broil, then broil the sweet potatoes for 2-3 minutes until they are extra crispy.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are done, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil, coconut sugar, and honey.
  7. Once the sauce begins to boil, turn the heat to low to simmer until the coconut sugar is dissolved.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lay the coated sweet potatoes on a parchment paper, making sure they don't touch each other.
  10. Cool for at 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy immediately!

#SweetLunarNewYear Virtual Party!

The following food bloggers and I have come together for a virtual #SweetLunarNewYear party, so come join in on the fun! They have all contributed amazing delicious dessert recipes specific to their countries so I think it’ll be a cultural learning experience as well:

Snow Fungus Soup by Vermilion Roots
Indonesian Honeycomb Cake (Bingka Ambon) by What To Cook Today
Chinese Peanut Cookies by Wok & Skillet
Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes by A Taste of Joy and Love
Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies by Grits & Chopsticks
Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies by Little Sweet Baker
Ice Cream Mooncakes by Brunch-n-Bites
Coconut Red Bean Pudding by The Missing Lokness
Cashew Nut Cookies by Anncoo Journal
One Bite Pine Nut Cookies by Yummy Workshop
Baked Coconut Walnut Sticky Rice Cake by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Black Sesame Cream Puffs by Pink Wings
Cashew Nut Cookies by Roti n Rice
Mini Peanut Puffs (Kok Chai) by Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
Thousand Layer Cake (Lapis Legit) by Daily Cooking Quest
Pineapple Cookies (Nastar) by V for Veggy
Almond Orange Spiral Cookies by Butter & Type
Three Color Dessert (Che Ba Mau) by The Viet Vegan
Year of the Rooster Mochi by Thirsty for Tea
Korean Tea Cookies (Dasik) by Kimchimari
Sweet Sticky Nian Gao (Kuih Bakul) by Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen
Sweet Rice Balls with Peanut Butter (Tang Yuan) by Omnivore’s Cookbook
Candied Ginger (Mut Gung) by Plant Crush
Chick Egg Tarts by Dessert Girl
Red Bean Soup with Black Glutinous Rice by Nut Free Wok
Orange Scented Sweet Red Bean by Lime and Cilantro

Come join the party on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and share your sweet Lunar New Year recipes by using the hashtag #SweetLunarNewYear. Hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Paleo Gluten Free Vegan Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Happy Monday! It’s been raining nonstop here. It’s quite annoying but I’ve actually liked that I had an excuse to lounge at home and basically relax and do nothing over the weekend. It was much needed! However, I do miss the sunshine and I’m VERY looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii this year. Bring on the beaches!!

Before leaving, I wanted to share a last minute Thanksgiving recipe that’s so simple and easy to make. If you love sweet potato casserole, I think you’ll like this one! This candied pecan loaded sweet potatoes recipe has the same flavors as a sweet potato casserole, but takes out the labor of blending up the sweet potatoes. I’m all about doing less work than I have to (AND creating less dishes) on Thanksgiving with so many things going on if you are hosting. 

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

I find that sweet potatoes are plenty sweet on their own so I do not like to add more sugar to it, as what usually happens in a traditional sweet potato casserole. There are usually 6 different kinds of pies at the dessert table waiting for you on Thanksgiving, so why load up on excess sugar during your meal? The candied pecans in this recipe adds just enough sweetness to really enhance the flavors of the sweet potatoes, and for me, it honestly felt like I was eating dessert!

If you are looking for a fun and different take on sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving, I highly recommend this recipe because it’s soooooo delicious. Just try it out and let me know!

Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet PotatoesCandied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

 

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp butter (Use coconut oil if you have a high sensitivity to dairy)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wash the sweet potatoes, then poke holes in them by stabbing them with a fork a few times.
  4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until soft and easily pierced with a knife.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are baking, whisk together maple syrup, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  6. Toss in the pecans and stir to coat well. Set aside until the sweet potatoes are done.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  8. Cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise, then push them down carefully from the top to flatten . and open them a bit.
  9. Top each potato with the pecan mixture.
  10. Melt together butter, coconut butter, and salt on the stove top or in the microwave. Pour evenly over the sweet potatoes and the pecan topping.
  11. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the pecans are browned and toasted. If you have leftover pecans, toast it along side the potatoes and save as a snack!
  12. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.

Deliciously Sweet Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes - Paleo Gluten Free Vegan

The Paleo Kids Cookbook Giveaway + Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

It’s time for another giveaway (and a delicious recipe)! Jennifer Robbins of Predominantly Paleo has come out with another amazing cookbook, and this time it’s to get kids into the kitchen! I don’t have kids myself, but I AM passionate about getting them involved with cooking at an early age so they can learn the importance of healthy, home-cooked meals.

The Paleo Kids Cookbook is filled with nutritious, allergen-free recipes without grain, gluten, dairy, or refined sugar, and majority are also nut- and egg- free. It’s perfect for parents who are transitioning their kids to the paleo diet without having them feel deprived or left out because they can’t eat certain foods that their friends can. Food allergies in children are becoming more and more common these days, and this book has 100 recipes that are kid-friendly, seriously delicious, and so much fun! I’m always a kid at heart so yes, I’ll be trying out all the recipes that take me back to my childhood like Gummy Worms, Graham Crackers, Grain-Free Corn Dog Dippers, and Strawberry Shortcake Bites!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

The thing I love most about this cookbook is that for every recipe, there’s a “For Little Hands” section that gives suggestions on how your child can help with the preparing and cooking, and what they’ll need supervision on. Even if you aren’t Paleo, it’s a must-have cookbook for your family if you need help getting them to eat healthier but aren’t sure where to start. All the recipes are easy to follow and made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. And I’m so excited to give away a copy to one of my readers! If you want to get your hands on a free copy, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until September 21st at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email.

As a sneak peek, I’m also excited to share one of the recipes from the cookbook with you today! I had to try this Sweet Potato Bacon Tots recipe when I saw it because I used to love tater tots as a kid, and I just couldn’t get past it when I saw the addition of bacon. And you honestly can’t go wrong with the combination of sweet potatoes and bacon.

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

By the way, that dipping sauce you see? It’s called Awesome Sauce, and it truly does live up to its name and I wanted to dip EVERYTHING in it. I can’t share the recipe, but you can grab it in the cookbook!

As for these tots, they were ridiculous (in SUCH a good way). Crispy on the outside, warm and soft in the inside, and the bacon just elevated it to a whole new level. I can honestly say that they were better than the ones I used to eat at as a child. I will mostly definitely make these the next time I want to cook up something fast and tasty for brunch.

Sweet Potato Bacon TotsWant more tasty and healthy kid-friendly recipes like this one? Enter the giveaway above or purchase The Paleo Kids Cookbook on Amazon!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 5 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
  • Up to 1 tsp garlic sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup (80 g) potato starch or cassava flour
  • Avocado oil or light olive oil for frying
  • Awesome Sauce (optional - recipe in the book!)
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potato submerged in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the sweet potato from the boiling water and once cool enough to handle, peel or slice the skin off. Grate the sweet potato, using a hand grater, mandolin, or food processor.
  2. Once the sweet potato is grated, use a hand towel or a few paper towels to squeeze out the excess water from the potato. This step is important, as you do not want to have soggy tots!
  3. Add the other ingredients (minus the oil and sauce) to the grated sweet potato in a mixing bowl and combine by hand. Preheat the oil for frying in a large skillet over medium/high heat; it does not need to be enough oil for deep frying, but it should be enough to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. While the cooking oil heats, begin shaping your tots. Roll about a tablespoon (15 g) of the dough into a ball, and then elongate it and flatten the ends to give it that distinctive tot shape.
  5. Fry the tots, rolling them around on all sides to make sure they crisp up. Once all sides are cooked, around 5 minutes or more, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove the tots and transfer them to a towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Serve along or with Awesome Sauce.
Notes
FOR LITTLE HANDS: Allow your child to help shape the tots. It's okay if they are not shaped perfectly as they will fry deliciously regardless. Older kids can help fry the tots while supervised.

 
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Kid-friendly Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Tots - Gluten Free