Sweet potatoes are such a great root vegetable, they have a wonderful bright orange color, they taste great as fries, roasted and pureed and they provide many nutrients. And while the word “sweet” leads us to associate them mostly with a sweet casserole like those served for Thanksgiving with marshmallows, maple syrup and pecans, they also pair well with a good salty cheese such as feta. For this sweet potato tart I went full Greek: plenty of sweet potato chunks roasted with feta and herbs in a phyllo crust.
The result was amazing! The rich savory filling of sweet potatoes along with crumbled feta was full of flavor and texture and perfect with the crunchy phyllo/crust. And it was so easy to put together. I used a basic Greek pita technique: choose your veggie, add feta, eggs, herbs and a touch of olive oil and your filling is ready.
For the crust you can use phyllo bought at the store which usually contains only flour and starch or you can make your own (try my easy olive oil phyllo). For this recipe, I did stray a bit from a typical Greek pita by not using a top layer. Typically, Greek pies have a top and bottom layer, but I wanted the bright orange color to show, so I chose not to cover it and call it a tart. I also did use the thin phyllo here which results in a lighter tart/pie without all the saturated fat.
Sweet Potato Nutrition
Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and particularly high in vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin C. Beta-carotene belongs to a group of substances called carotenoids which are pigments that we find in plants and are responsible for their bright colors like the orange in the sweet potato. Beta-carotene keeps our eyes healthy and is good for our skin, it is also associated with protection from several chronic diseases.
Once we consume beta-carotene, it is converted into vitamin A. Beta carotene also has antioxidant activity and fights free radicals that play a role in aging. Beta-carotene is better absorbed when consumed with fat.
This tart is ideal for lunch or a snack, or you can accompany it with a salad for a larger meal.
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