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A Delicious Sweet Potato Appetizer Recipe for Kwanzaa

Grab your Mickey cookie cutter, your Minnie apron, and your other Disney themed kitchen items, because it’s time to make a special appetizer for Kwanzaa! Of course, you don’t need to have Disney inspired items to make this tasty treat, but everything tastes even better when it’s shaped like Mickey.

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This sweet potato recipe can be sweet or savory, and both versions are included below. The recipe is also easy to modify. If you follow a special diet or have allergies, you can substitute for something similar.

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Kwanzaa should be celebrated with those you love, and this recipe is one that you will be proud to share with your family and friends. It is simple to make, and the little ones will want to help.

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Here’s the recipe, as shared by D23, the official Disney Fan Club:

Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate! This sweet potato appetizer will add some fun to any festivity, and it can be prepared one of two ways: sweet or savory.

Ingredients for a sweet appetizer:

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Candied walnuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • Large sweet potato

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Ingredients for a savory appetizer:

  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Goat cheese
  • Dried cranberries
  • Roasted walnuts
  • Large sweet potato

Special equipment (optional):

  • Mickey-shaped cookie cutter

Shopping tip:

If using the cutter, make sure to select a sweet potato that has a circumference large enough to cut the shape out.

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash the sweet potato and peel the skin if desired. Slice rounds approximately 1/4” thickness. Try to cut them all the same thickness. If desired, use the cutter to cut out the shapes.
  3. For the sweet version, mix the coconut oil and cinnamon and tumble in a bowl to coat. OR, for the savory version, use the olive oil and tumble in bowl to coat.
  4. Arrange on a greased or silicone-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip over and continue baking for about 8 minutes until caramelized.
  5. Serve the rounds with your choice of sweet or savory toppings, listed above.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.