Posted by: Joan Spiller | May 30, 2011

Kumara Bake – Recipe

Aka Sweet potato for those not in NZ, the kumara is one of my all time fave veges! It’s sweet, tasty and way more versatile than we think. Nothin’ beats kumara roasted .. or chipped (so long as they’re not over done!).

And they are packed with dietary fiber, Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, protein and complex carbohydrates which means it’ll be one of CJ’s best friends in the kitchen too right about now – so this is for you kiddo ..

2 golden or yellow (I don’t like the red skinned ones, they’re too dry) kumara
15g butter
1 clove garlic – minced
1/2 onion – sliced
2T rosemary – get some from any roundabout in Hastings 🙂
If you do not have rosemary, sage would be lovely too – use 6 fresh leaves, finely chopped
1/2t salt
1/2t black pepper
1c cream
1/2c grated parmesan (use that block I gave you yesterday)

Pre heat oven to 175 deg C and grease an oven proof dish with a little butter. Or use 2 single serve dishes if you prefer, that way you can eat straight from the bowl.

Put the cream onto a low heat with the garlic and onion in it. Bring to a slow boil while you prep the veges.

Peel and thinly slice the kumara. At the end of the day each slice just needs to be the same thickness so they cook evenly k.

Arrange the kumara slices in the dish scattering rosemary, salt and pepper between each layer. Be sure to finely mince that rosemary up and only use the greenery, not the stalk..

Remove the onion from the cream and discard then pour hot cream over the kumara.  Cover the dish with a flat tray or some tin foil. Place on a tray in your oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the top and continue to bake for another 10-15 mins.

Just before serving, scatter with the parmesan and grill .. or let it melt in the heat of the oven. I like to scatter any thing with chopped parsley but you could use sage or rosemary for added flavour.

Alternatively, just eat it!

This is ready when the cream is almost all gone, the top is golden in colour (esp if grilling the cheese!) and the kumara are tender .. stab ’em with a fork to test.

CJ – for you I’d add in a layer of spinach to cover off your green leafy diet thing 🙂

Should serve 2 ie 1 meal + leftovers for CJ .. if you want to make more, just double everything including the cooking time..



  1. You did not give me a block of parmesan yesterday as per your recipe, kidding lolz. 🙂


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