In my opinion there are a few characteristics that make for a perfect holiday appetizer:
1) It has to taste amazing. This should go without saying.
2) It has to look appealing. If you’re serving it to people, it’s nice for it to look kind of classy during the holidays.
3) It has to be easy to eat. During the holidays people dress nicely and don’t want some sloppy dip all over their nice shirt.
So I submit to you that these little sweet potato rounds might be the most perfect holiday appetizer out there. You can get crazy with the toppings, but I’ll show you two of my favorites.
I won’t tell anyone that these are also dumb simple to make if you don’t!
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. I recommend leaving the skins on so the rounds are sturdier.
2) Lay out the rounds on a few baking sheets and drizzle the rounds with olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
3) Bake rounds for 15 minutes, then flip them, and bake for another 15 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, stir together ingredients for yogurt topping or for apple topping, combine ingredients in a small pot and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Don't overcook the apples. You still want them to be in nice pieces and not mushy.
5) Let rounds cool for a bit and then top with topping of your choice. Garnish with sage or chives and serve while warm.
Making the Rounds
There’s no real secret to making these guys. My only tips are to make sure you cut the rounds thick enough so they aren’t flimsy after they bake. Also, I actually like to leave the skin on which gives the rounds some structure.
Once you slice the rounds, lay them out on a few baking sheets and drizzle them with olive oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper.
Bake these suckers at 350 degrees F. for about 15 minutes. Then flip them and bake them for another 15-20 minutes until they are tender and browned around the edges.
These are perfect!
Now let’s talk…
I used two really simple toppings for these rounds but there are approximately a gazillion toppings you could use for these.
My first one was a simple yogurt topping. I just stirred some lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt into Greek yogurt. The tangy flavors are awesome on the sweet potatoes.
The second topping is a bit more elaborate but also my personal favorite. I peeled an apple, diced it, and cooked it down over medium-low heat for a few minutes with lemon juice and some honey.
The key part of this topping is to not overcook the apples or they will just turn to mush.
You can either assemble these in advance or line it up like an appetizer bar and let people build their own.
I like to garnish the yogurt version with chives and the apple version with fresh sage (go light on the sage)!
If you are on the hunt for a little holiday appetizer, this one is great. It fits all the requirements and is so easy to make, plus easy to multiply depending on how many you are feeding!