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Sep 19, 2006 05:28 PM

Savory Recipe for Sweet Potato

I just got some really beautiful sweet potatoes in my CSA box, first of the season. I'm looking for a good savory main dish recipe to use them in. I was thinking about something like a sweet potato gnocchi or casserole, but I'm open to other suggestions.


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  1. Sweet potato and carmelized onion quesadillas. Carmelize a couple of onions, add grated sweet potato, a little cumin and red pepper to the pan and use as a filling for tacos or with cheese for quesadillas. Delish!

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    1. re: peashoot

      That sounds devilish, peashoot!

      My favorite way to make sweet potatoes is to roast them (roast a bulb of garlic at the same time, press both through a ricer, add some butter, and voila. Deliciousness.

    2. Nyleve posted the most amazing recipe with sweet potatoes and chipotles awhile back. I've made it a few times and it's seriously good. Now that I think of it, I'd better make it again!

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      1. re: GretchenS

        The sweet potato chipotle dish is seriously the one of the best things I have ever made. It is great for something a little different at Thanksgiving.

        1. re: GretchenS

          DId you slice the sweet potatoes or did you mash them? This looks delicious and I just got some sweet potatoes in my CSA box as well!

        2. These all sound excellent. Looking forward to trying them out throughout the fall. You guys are the best.

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          1. re: China

            the chipotle cream sweet potato anna recipe is really exceptional. There is never much left.

            1. re: tigerwoman

              The only thing to keep in mind about that dish is not to make more than can be eaten in on meal. It gets hotter and hotter with each day it is left over.

              I came across a sweet potato soup with harissa recently. I'll have to go back and give it another look. Sounded good to me.

          2. Sweet potatoes are used a fair amount in Indian cooking. They make a wonderful masala, combining the sweet caramelized taste of the potato with rich spices.

            You could also use sweet potato in place of pumpkin (several recent threads) or butternut squash in ravioli, pasta sauces or risotto. It's a little wetter so watch the liquid content in your recipe.

            I've been experiment with roasting root vegetables as a side and this past weekend included a couple of sweet potatoes with the potatoes, parsnips and fennel I've used before. It caramelizes beautifully when roasted so really works well by itself or in combination. I love veggies done this way, very simple and earthy but so good.

            1. The most delicious way I have found to eat sweet potatoes is grilled in a foil packet.

              I am usually in a hurry, so I have diced the sweet potatoes and zapped them a bit in the microwave to start, but perhaps this is not necessary. Anyway, dice sweet potatoes, or slice, and slice an appropriate amount of onion to go with them. Plenty of salt and pepper. Pats of butter, the more the better (as much as your conscience will allow, eh). Wrap the whole thing up and seal tight in a foil packet, and throw it on the grill. (A large flat packet allows more surface in contact with the grill.) When I had zapped the potatoes, I think I left them on the grill 20 minutes on each side. You want lots of carmelization. This is incredibly delicious.

              Once I mixed diced parsnips in with the sweet potatoes, also very excellent.