Polynesian Steamed Vegetable Packets

Christy Rost


2sweet potatoes, boiled until tender, peeled, and sliced into ½-inch cubes
6fresh banana leaves
2cups bean sprouts
½cup hoisin sauce
4green onions, white part sliced and green part julienned
1carrot, peeled, cut into 3-inch lengths, and julienned
¼pound fresh pea pods
coarse salt and freshly ground tri-color pepper, to taste
toothpicks to secure packets

Preheat the grill until hot. Lay banana leaves out on a work surface, and cut into 12-inch squares with kitchen shears. Place 1/3 cup of the sweet potato cubes in the center of each banana leaf and top with a handful of bean sprouts; drizzle with some of the hoisin sauce. Top with sliced green onions, julienned green onions, julienned carrot, and pea pods. Season the vegetables with salt and tri-colored pepper.

Fold the lower edge of the banana leaf over the vegetables; then fold the upper edge over. Fold over the sides to form a square packet and secure each packet with a toothpick. Place the packets on the grill over low heat, and cook them 5 minutes on each side. Remove the packets from the grill, remove the toothpicks, and unfold the banana leaves.

Recipe makes 6 vegetable packets.

Category: Vegetables