Model Chrissy Teigen is more than just a pretty face that can be found on the cover of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
The 30-year-old is also quite talented in the kitchen. She is a culinary school-trained food lover, and responsible for the food blog So Delushious. Oh—and many of her recipes feature the sweet potato.
Recently Teigen has been sharing her favorite summer food tips that involve sweet potato fries. What makes them so tasty? She uses a special salt seasoning. As a result her sweet potato fries are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and delicious overall.
In general, sweet potatoes are very healthy carb choices. Not only do they pair nicely with different meals, sweet potatoes are loaded with health benefits.
For instance, they are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, fiber, iron, and vitamin B6. Research has found that sweet potatoes help balance blood sugar levels and may protect against lung problems.
Chrissy Teigen Experiments With Various Recipes in her Cookbook
Besides sweet potato fries, Chrissy Teigen features other delicious recipes in her Cravings cookbook, which was released in February. It is always a good idea to experiment with new recipes, and the Chrissy Teigen cookbook is a great chance to test your cooking skills.
Chrissy Teigen’s recipes are perfect for people who crave healthy recipes that also taste good. Her cookbook features sections on salads, vegetables, soups, and even on breakfast recipes you can make all day.
The Cravings cookbook also features a tasty sweet potato recipe for sweet potato gnocchi…why don’t you experiment with the recipe yourself?
Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1/3 cup of whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/2 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup of fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- More Kosher salt and ground pepper for sauce
- Teigen suggests microwaving the sweet potato to save time; however, the healthier option is to bake it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and pierce the sweet potato with a fork about six times. Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook under tender for about 45 minutes to an hour.
- Cool the sweet potato for about five minutes, peel it, and mash it in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in the pepper, salt, ricotta, and flour. Mix with a fork, and add more flour if necessary.
- In a large pot, bring a gallon of salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Flour your workstation, and dump in the dough, and gently knead the dough 10 times. Next, fold the dough in half, and press with the heel of your hand (turn it 90 degrees each time). Divide the dough into three equal pieces and gently roll into a 12-inch long and one-inch thick log. Cut them into 12 one-inch pieces, and form about 36 gnocchi pieces. Put the gnocchi in the boiling water, and stir for about one minute; cook until they float to the surface, or for about four to five minutes.
- For the sauce: in a large skillet melt butter over medium heat and add sage and cook until browned for about three minutes. Drain the gnocchi and add to the skillet; add the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, and pepper, and toss it.
Chrissy Teigen loves promoting her favorite foods, especially during summer. She enjoys sweet potato fries with salt, along with many of her other recipes that can be found in her Cravings cookbook.
Sources for Today’s Article:
Mateljan, G., The World’s Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the healthiest way of eating (Seattle: George Mateljan Foundation, 2007), 280, 285.
Bonner, M., “I Ate Like Chrissy Teigen for a Week and Here’s What Happened,” Marie Claire website, March 7, 2016; http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a19072/chrissy-teigen-cookbook-experiment/.
“Chrissy Teigen’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage,” ABC News website; http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/sweet-potato-gnocchi-brown-butter-sage-chrissy-teigen-37229513, last accessed July 13, 2016.