Sweet Potato Creme Brulee

I recently had to explain to a friend the crazy world of blogging. I’d gone over to her shop to shoot (and “use her” to help me eat) a sweet potato creme brûlée recipe, which I’d prepared for a blog post. More specifically, it was for a virtual baby shower for a fellow blogger. When I told her what this whole thing was for, she gave me a funny look. A virtual baby shower?  For a blogger… a blogger you’ve never met? Yup. That’s right. We’re crazy. And awesome.

Most of us started blogs not just because we love food, but because we wanted to share our life experiences, both good and bad, with others. I don’t think any of us expected that complete strangers would read our posts.  It was all about keeping our friends and family updated on what’s going on in our lives.  But then others found our sites and commented on posts… and a community was formed.

I really have no idea how I first started chatting with Bev (the creator of the site BevCooks).  It was through our blogs though that we connected; leaving comments, often humorous, on each other’s posts.  I adore Bev’s sense of humor… often laced with sexual undertones.  Our banter is pretty fantastic.  These brief conversations soon turned into the occasional e-mail to check in to see how the other person was doing.  And, earlier this year, I thought I’d reach out to her to see if she’d be up for doing a guest post for the cocktail blog, The Boys Club.  She responded immediately, explaining that she wouldn’t be able to do a post at the time… not because she didn’t want to, but because she had been trying to get pregnant.  So, no booze for her.

That was in the spring and, not long after, I got word that she was preggers. With twins. A boy and a girl. Yay for happy endings!

So, here we are! A group of us bloggers got together to throw this crazy woman a little online baby shower.  Now, if you could keep this a secret, that’d be great… but I spiked these bad boys with bourbon.  Sure, you could leave it out if you wanted… but everything’s better with a splash of bourbon in it.  At least that’s what I think.

Bev’s Baby Shower Menu

Appetizers
Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Gaby Dalkin
Gruyère Gougères from Shaina Olmanson
Lemon Risotto Tarts from Kelly Salemi
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers from Liz Della Croce
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites from Aggie Goodman
Roasted Red Grape, Brie and Rosemary Flatbread from Laurie McNamara
The Fastest Appetizer Ever from Brooke McLay
Apple Pear Tart – Two Ways from Sarah Glyer

Drinks
Chocolate Chai Frappe from Brandy O’Neill
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Smoothie from Amy Flanigan
Cranberry Sorbet Bellini – Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic from Megan Keno
Peppermint Mocha Affogato from Christina Lane
toasted marshmallow cream hot chocolate from Jessica Merchant
Pomegranate Lemonade Punch from Heather Christo

Salads
Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts from Rachel Gurk
Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad from Tracy Benjamin
Brussels Sprout Salad + maple roasted cranberry dressing from Katie Unger
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad from Lisa Thiele
Hearty Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Heather Disarro
Winter Citrus Salad from Catherine McCord

Entrees
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Sausage Pasta from Heidi Larsen
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna from Joanne Ozug
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada ‘Double’ Stacks from Lauren Grier
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup from Kevin Lynch
Thai Spiced Chicken with Coconut Cream Swiss Chard from Brandi Evans
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche from Tasty Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese from Julie Deily

Desserts
Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Averie Sunshine
Glazed Dulce de Leche Pound Cake from Meagan Micozzi
Mississippi Mud Pie Brownie Ice Cream from Megan DeKok
Buttermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups from Shelly Jaronsky
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Ali Ebright
Sweet Potato Creme Brûlée from Brian Samuels
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce from Jackie Dodd
Red Velvet Hi Hat Cookies from Kristan Roland
Double Chocolate Panini from Kathy Strahs

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JennDecember 10, 2013 - 3:28 am

This is such a creative idea, I love it! What an awesome sounding dish, and I think the bourbon sounds perfect :)

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Sarah | The Sugar HitDecember 10, 2013 - 4:55 am

Seriously, sweet potato creme brulee? HOW have I never seen this before?? It looks freaking amazing! And congrats to Bev. The blogging community is the best.

Belinda@themoonblushbakerDecember 10, 2013 - 5:27 am

Yay for sweet potato love. I have done ice cream, buns, chips, donuts all in sweet potato but never creme brulee!

I can only imagine how creamy this is. What a wonderful tribute to your friend Bev.

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autumnDecember 10, 2013 - 7:01 am

Brian, I love this! It looks fantastic and such a welcome, unique take on a classic.

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Katrina @ WVSDecember 10, 2013 - 8:30 am

This seriously looks perfect! I love the flavour!

shelly (cookies and cups)December 10, 2013 - 8:41 am

This is the perfect combination of flavors I never knew I needed!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlDecember 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful photo of a cooked sweet potato.

Averie @ Averie CooksDecember 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Brian this is gorgeous! I just ate a huge sweet potato last night. I should have made this with it! Pinned

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)December 10, 2013 - 10:03 am

I can almost taste this just looking at the pictures! Almost being the operative word, haha. Such a great idea! And I’ve been loving all of these virtual baby shower posts this morning–she must be feeling the love like woh :)

Aimee @ Simple BitesDecember 10, 2013 - 10:10 am

Brian, I am making a plan to skip appys and salads and head straight for dessert at this baby shower. You in? Oh, we’ll need a drink, too. ;)

Seriously though, this virtual sweet table rocks. I LOVE your contribution – it’s both creative and sophisticated. Kinda like you.

Happy Holidays – let’s party!!

DessertForTwoDecember 10, 2013 - 10:20 am

Wow, so gorgeous!

It was nice celebrating with you :)

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Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 10, 2013 - 10:49 am

Aaaaaand I’m dying.

A) This is fabulously gorgeous and I LOVE creme brulees. I’m seriously going to make this. I better do it soon before I birth two humans and never cook again.

B) You’re SO sweet to be a part of this amazing surprise! I’m a teary hormonal mess. It’s wonderful.

C) SEXUAL UNDERTONES?! I’m laughing so hard! You thiiiiink they’re sexual undertones. I’m really just a shy little girl. Okay that’s a lie.

thank you thank you! xoxoxo!

Heather || Heather's DishDecember 10, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Your photos are always so stunning, but I LOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEE the one with the skin coming off the sweet potato. I can literally feel and smell it just from that one shot!

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthDecember 10, 2013 - 4:00 pm

so decadent.

Cinthea MartinsenDecember 10, 2013 - 4:17 pm

I’m thinking this recipe should lend itself well to pumpkin too! I love sweet potatoes, and will definitely try it as written (minus bourbon) but right this minute I’m in a pumpkin state of mind!

naomiDecember 10, 2013 - 4:37 pm

This is absolutely to die-for!!

ShainaDecember 10, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I love the splash of bourbon in these! Absolutely gorgeous, Brian!

TieghanDecember 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

This is gorgeous, Brian!! Wow, I am wishing this would just magically appear in front of me! :)

JulieDDecember 10, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Wow, I’m blown away by this! So gorgeous!! LOVE IT!

brandiDecember 10, 2013 - 9:27 pm

this is so beautiful! almost too pretty to eat….almost.

MeganDecember 10, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Bev and Brulee – two words that just go together! This is heavenly and so fitting for our favorite girl!

Susan PolkDecember 10, 2013 - 11:28 pm

It would be super helpful to have a measured quantity or raw weight for the baked sweet potato. Some are huge, others not, and I think that proportions could really be skewed.

Lisa [With Style & Grace]December 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Oh yeah. This is just gorgeous. It’s too bad this wasn’t a real shower so I could stick my face in this. I mean try it.

Laurie {Simply Scratch}December 11, 2013 - 12:09 am

These look amazing. I just love when my spoon breaks through that sugar crust… I’m seriously dying over here!

Kathy - Panini HappyDecember 11, 2013 - 12:42 am

I must concur – sweet potatoes are definitely better with bourbon. :-) This dish sounds incredible…and seasonal!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 11, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Everything is better with a little splash of booze, wish I had this for dessert tonight!

JoanneDecember 12, 2013 - 7:36 am

Oh. man. This community really is a crazy awesome thing. But this brulee might even be crazy awesome-er. For real.

aida mollenkampDecember 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

Um, what are you talking about with this awesomeness? I want one of these for breakfast!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 12, 2013 - 9:02 pm

So dreamy Brian. Mmmm!

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.December 12, 2013 - 9:50 pm

too fabulous for words

AggieDecember 12, 2013 - 11:00 pm

I love that you spiked it with bourbon :) this looks so amazing!

And yes we are quite the awesome community of bloggers aren’t we? It’s pretty darn fantastic if you ask me. Happy Holidays Brian!! xo

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesDecember 13, 2013 - 12:26 am

This sounds sooooooo good. Creme brulee is a huge weakness for me, and this one is definitely intriguing me!

Gerry @ foodnessgraciousDecember 13, 2013 - 12:42 am

I usually always will pick creme Brulee in a restaurant. since I began blogging I’ve met some of the best people I can easily relate to :)

CarolynDecember 13, 2013 - 7:26 am

That might be the most perfect looking brulee topping I’ve ever seen!

TidyMomDecember 13, 2013 - 9:09 am

This recipe has my name all over it!

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Cindy MartinDecember 14, 2013 - 5:33 am

Bev is the bomb! What a great idea to have a virtual baby shower!

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sippitysupDecember 14, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Happy baby. Happy post. I grew up with sweet potato pie and this is a more sophisticated version of all that love. GREG

MonetDecember 15, 2013 - 11:58 pm

This looks beautiful Brian, and what a great way to celebrate Bev and her little ones! So much love here. And even though I normally don’t love creme brulee, this looks fabulous! I would take two, maybe even three! (you can tell I’m hungry tonight!)

Honey What's CookingDecember 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm

This looks so delicious. I have never seen a sweet potato creme bruelee. Very innovative. I see everyone is giving Bev a virtual baby shower. Very sweet.

ChristineDecember 18, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Wow, that is quite the menu…who gets to keep the leftovers;)

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