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Artichoke Pesto Sweet Potato Bun

This is adapted from a recipe by Rachel at Grok Grub after seeing her sweet potato bacon bun on Instagram.  Her recipes are awesome and her pictures are beautiful!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken thigh either ground or cut into small pieces (if you want to make this meal vegetarian you can leave this ingredient out.)
  • 8 oz jar of artichoke hearts
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 of a bunch of basil (about 1/2 cup loosely)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Potato Starch

Directions:

  1. Combine sweet potato, tapioca flour, coconut flour and garlic salt in a bowl (I think I cooked my potatoes a little too long so at first my dough was too sticky, so I just added a bit more tapioca and coconut flour which helped to smooth it out)
  2. Set the dough aside and work on the filling
  3. Place your artichoke hearts, garlic, onion, basil and olive oil into a food processor
  4. Blend until smooth and fragrant
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  6. Sprinkle potato starch on a flat work surface
  7. Take about a quarter cup of the sweet potato mixture and roll into a ball
  8. Roll the sweet potato ball in the starch until it has a light coat of starch 
  9. Place the ball in the palm of your hand and press flat.  (Depending on the size of your hand it should cover most of the palm.)
  10. If you want to include chicken, add 1/2 teaspoon of the artichoke pesto and 1 teaspoon chicken to the center of the dough
  11. If you are going to make it vegetarian, just add 1-1.5 teaspoons of artichoke pesto
  12. Fold the edges over and seal creases until it looks like a sweet potato hockey puck
  13. Place the buns onto a lightly greased pan
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bottoms are crispy
  15. Flip the buns and bake for another 5 minutes
  16. Allow the buns a few minutes to cool(my mouth is burned from not learning that lesson), and enjoy!
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Beef Pesto Artichoke Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups basil
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts (14.5 oz)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 lb cheese (I did a mozzarella and provolone blend)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half and bake until the outside is soft and you can scrape out the squash in strands
  3. While baking start the pesto
  4. Add the basil, garlic, half of the artichoke hearts, lemon, pine nuts, and olive oil in the food processor
  5. blend on low until the pesto is smooth
  6. Brown the meat in a frying pan
  7. After the squash is cooked, remove from oven and scrape squash out with a fork into a casserole dish
  8. Add beef, pesto, the rest of the artichokes, and half of the cheese
  9. Stir until thoroughly mixed
  10. Pour the rest of the cheese as a top layer
  11. Cover the dish with aluminum foil
  12. Bake for 20 minutes
  13. Remove the foil and crank the heat up to broil and bake for another 7-10 minutes until cheese has browned
  14. Take out of the oven and enjoy!!
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