I have few entertaining rules, generally, but there are a handful that will serve any host or hostess well when looking to keep your guests satisfied as your time together unfolds. And when a big meal is involved, having a little nibble or two on hand for noshing, until dinner is ready to be served, is one such rule and a great way to go. Your guests will be able to eat just enough to keep growling stomachs at bay, while you're free to apply finishing touches on the details of the gathering--without the guilt of holding out.
Easy appetizers and finger-foods are my favorites to serve and a savory crostini can always be counted on for a scrumptious first bite. (And an even better one when it's sweet potato crostini!) Tender sweet potatoes seasoned with cinnamon, sugar, cayenne, salt and maple, then blended to a luscious puree and spread on warm, toasted baguette slices, will leave everyone happily wanting more and eager for what comes next.
Now that's how I like to entertain. What about you?
Sweet Potato Crostini
2 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 baguette, sliced
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, until toasted through. Set aside.
While the baguette is toasting, score the sweet potatoes with a knife, making several slits in the skin. Place in the microwave and cook on high heat until tender (about 6-8 minutes, per potato).
Peel the potatoes and place the flesh in a medium sized bowl. Add in the cinnamon, cayenne, sugar, salt and maple and blend with a hand-mixer until thoroughly mixed and smooth in texture. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Blend again if more seasonings added.
Using a spoon or pallet knife, spread the sweet potato puree onto the baguette slices. Serve and enjoy!