When Whole Foods Yorkville in Toronto offered me the chance to participate in the “Blogger Gobbler” challenge around Canadian Thanksgiving, I was intrigued. A challenge involving creating a holiday recipe with two secret ingredients – sweet potatoes & 365 Balsamic Vinegar. A challenge to say the very least. We had free range with what type of dish we could make from appetizers to dessert (!) and I thought long and hard about this and finally decided on a hearty main dish to make for our vegetarian guests over Thanksgiving.
So often a vegetarian’s lot during holiday meals ends up being a cobbled-together plate of side dishes and I wanted to make something special for our non-meat eating guests that everyone would be able to enjoy. Sweet potatoes with goat cheese was my first thought so I immediately imagined a free-form galette. But where to fit in the balsamic vinegar??? Recently, somewhere I tasted an onion jam made with balsamic caramelized onions (I can’t for the life of me remember where) and realised that it might work in this dish, at least with the goat cheese component. Wasn’t sure if it would be too rich with the sweet potatoes though…
I was extremely pleased with how this came out – the onions offer a subtle sweetness to counter the tangy goat cheese and the sweet potatoes give the dish some bulk without weighing it down – it’s a wonderful main dish for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike (and was enjoyed by both at our Thanksgiving table).
For the pastry
For the filling
Make the pastry:
Make the filling
Who knew – sweet potatoes and balsamic vinegar – a match made in heaven!
I took smaller versions of this to the “taste off” event where the bloggers’ dishes were tasted and judged by a panel including Good Food Revolution’s Malcolm Jolley on taste, creativity and presentation. I don’t have a pic of the mini ones to share but dare I say, they were pretty darned cute 😉
Updated August 2020: This meant that the Whole Foods kitchens prepared my recipe along with the other two finalists’ to share with Whole Foods shoppers at the Final Taste Off Event on November 28 2012 at Whole Foods Yorkville’s in-store café. The first 100 customers voted for their favourite dish (and I won!)
This is still a staple in the Michels-Phillips household and a firm favourite amongst our vegetarian guests!
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