samosa hand pies

homemade sweet potato samosas

It’s been a couple weeks of tumbling around trying to adjust to recent changes and hoping that I get something right along the way – lots of fun learning but also a couple freak outs along the way. I guess that’s how you learn and grow? The majority of my free time during this last week was spent watching the latest two seasons of Great British Bake Off that were added to Netflix. My go-to method of decompressing from stressful things is to lie in bed with all of my white fluffy blankets and quilts, with all of the pillows squished around me lying like a cocoon in a room with my globe lights shining and one of the many candles my hoarder like tendencies have acquired going. It really makes for quite the zen space. Plus, everything that happens on GBBO is super chill for a competition show – those Brits really know how to do things right. If nothing else, I would like to have someone like Mary Berry telling me that my scones have a “good bake” and that she can “see good layers” in my cake.

everything you need to make delicious homemade samosas!

sweet potato samosas

After being inspired by all the bakers I just had to get back into the kitchen (seriously sorry for my post hiatus!!!!) and whip up something delicious in the kitchen. I was craving comfort food and for some reason I came to the idea of making samosas. Traditionally, samosas are fried dough packets filled with spice flavored potatoes and peas. I essentially did the same thing, but went for a more “cutesy” look with crimped edges and of course a little heart right in the middle – because food is the way to my heart LOL.

The other non-traditional piece here is the use of a sweet potato instead of the usual russet or yellow potato (and maybe the spinach too??). Just trying to fit my nutrition in where I can y’all! These guys are super easy, especially with the use of store-bought crust, and are real crowd pleasers. Hope y’all have a great week!

make your own sweet potato samosas


samosa hand pies
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of cubed sweet potato - boiled for about 20-22 minutes until fork tender
  2. 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  3. 1 big clove of garlic, diced
  4. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  5. 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
  6. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  7. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  8. 1/4 tsp red chili
  9. 3/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp pepper
  11. 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  12. 1/4 cup carrots, diced into small pieces
  13. 1 cup loosely packed spinach, chopped
  14. 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  15. 1 tsp mint, chopped
  16. 3/4 cup peas
  17. store-bought pie crust
  18. egg wash - 1 egg and 1 tbsp of water
Instructions
  1. Add a splash of ghee or olive oil to a large pot or pan and bring to a medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about five to seven minutes. Add the garlic and all the spices, cooking until you can begin to smell the spices for about two to three minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, spinach, herbs, and peas until the veggies are coated with the spices and the spinach has begun to wilt.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Roughly mash about half of the sweet potatoes with a fork and add the mashed and cubed sweet potatoes to the spiced veggies, gently combining until you have a mixture.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. On a parchment lined sheet, cut out 4x4inch squares of the pie crust, about a 1/4inch thick. Place one square on the sheet pan, add about 1/4 cup of the sweet potato mixture in the middle of the pastry, and add a second square piece of pastry on top with some kind of steam hole in the middle. Crimp the two pieces together with the end of a fork.
  7. Make your egg wash and lightly brush the tops of each samosa with it.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes until the crust is golden brown and crispy.
  9. Serve with mint chutney, enjoy!
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chole stuffed sweet potatoes

It’s Super Bowl weekend! What colors will you be wearing on Sunday?

More importantly, what snacks will you be feasting on during the game? I’ve always known Super Bowl Sunday as the day we gather, either with a whole bunch of friends or just with family, and make about every single kind of snack you could possible want to eat during a football game. Seven layer dips, at least three kinds of chips, pizzas and strombolis, cookies, crackers and cheeses, french fries and some chopped veggies and hummus, something else cheesy, another thing sweet, at least one thing barbecue flavored, and maybe a couple of drink options.

This year I’m opting for a smaller scale football day, but going much larger on the flavor scale. I think stuffed potatoes are quintessential for any sports-watching evening. I’ll be rooting for the boys in navy and blue from the comfort of my couch and eating one…or two of these potatoes. Turn the menu for the night into a potato bar where everyone can add different options and you don’t have to worry about making or buying a bunch of different snacks.

Get started on the potatoes earlier in the day by sticking them in the oven and leaving them on low temperature until needed or just pop them into the microwave to soften up, then cut them open and serve with your favorites. I’ve got a little twist for mine because when I want to make a stuffed potato, I want to cram every single nook and cranny with something hearty. Enter my chole stuffed sweet potato. Chole or chana masala is a savory stew-like dish, made with a mess of warm spices mixed in with chickpeas. There are several variations I’ve had over the years, with this one being a classic.

Top with some tangy yogurt, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime, maybe some chutney’s if you’re feeling crazy, and you’re good to go.

And in case you need some more #SB50 recipe inspiration, The Kithcn has you covered here.


chole stuffed sweet potatoes

directions:

1. bake your sweet potato(es) using your desired method, in the oven or microwave. (I swear by Martha Stewart’s method because duh.)

2. prepare your chana – TBK chole masala recipe to come!

3. in a small mixing bowl, add the yogurt, chat masala, and lime juice and completely combine. if yogurt is still too thick, add water, up to 1 tbsp until yogurt can be drizzled.

4. once the sweet potatoes are done, slice open and spoon in the chole until full. drizzle yogurt on top, adding extra if desired, and sprinkling cilantro and squeezing lime juice over the top. serve warm and enjoy!

yield: serves 2

time: 15 minutes prep, 1 hour cook

ingredients:

1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes
1 cup of chana (store-bought or homemade)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 tsp chat masala
1 tsp lime juice
1 tbsp water
chopped cilantro for garnish
lime for garnish