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New Ideas for Sweet Potatoes

Coffeeshakti Oct 28, 2009 11:03 AM

My fiance is on a sweet potato kick right now. He wants them every day with dinner. I have been searching the web trying to find some new preparations but most of what i find are sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows and tons of sugar. Those are great for thanksgiving, but for a weeknight meal, not so much. Does anyone have any good go to recipes for roasted or glazed sweet potatoes? any ideas would be appreciated.

  1. Monica Oct 28, 2009 11:13 AM

    cut them into chunks and roast them in the oven..at high temp.
    sprinkle with sea salt, chopped rosemary and olive oil.

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    1. re: Monica
      raygunclan Oct 28, 2009 06:46 PM

      i do mine with thyme instead of rosemary and i slice them so they'll cook faster. OH! and the longer you cook them, the sweeter they become!!!

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      EllenMM Oct 28, 2009 11:18 AM

      My daughter is also addicted. She cuts them into thin wedges - french-fry size - sprays with olive oil spray, or drizzles with a little olive oil . She dusts them with a some Lawry's seasoned salt or similar product. Spray or oil the pan, as well - she usually covers the bottom with aluminum foil. Bake at 400 - 425 degrees until very fork tender, a little crisp around the edges. Be sure not to undercook them. Good hot or cold and not overly sweet - except for the natural sugar in the sweet potato.

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      1. re: EllenMM
        ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2009 03:27 AM

        This is how I do them, too. I peel them first and call them sweet potato fries. Excellent. When I worked at Bourbon, they served sweet potato fries dusted with Old Bay. Also nice.

        Another recipe option is this sweet potato quick bread with walnuts: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11150

      2. coll Oct 28, 2009 11:32 AM

        I usually do them roasted, boil first then butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and bake for an hour or two, that kind of thing. But last night I tried a recipe I just found here http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Orange-Flavored-Sweet-Potatoes-with-Oatmeal-Cookie-Topping-10850, testing for Thanksgiving so just made half and ate almost the whole thing myself. Used Trader Joe Iced Oatmeal Cookies and also their Triple Gingersnaps for the topping, since it already had ginger in it.

        The last few years I've been making this casserole though, and it is so decadent and tasty if you make it correctly (i.e. 1 chipotle pepper means one piece, not 1 can LOL) It is really special.http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/298769

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        1. re: coll
          GretchenS Oct 28, 2009 02:07 PM

          That chipotle recipe that Nyleve first posted and coll linked to was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this post. That dish is heaven.

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          chevrelove Oct 28, 2009 11:37 AM

          Sweet potato hash with bacon - awesome dish that plays up the contrast of the sweetness of the potato with the salty bacon. I forget the exact recipe I used, but believe it came from the Food Network.

          1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 28, 2009 11:47 AM

            roasted or mashed with:
            - curry spice (you can also make curried sweet potato soup)
            - chili powder or chipotles in adobo, garlic, lime juice, and a little honey, finished with chopped fresh cilantro
            - garlic, red pepper flakes & fresh thyme
            - red onions, fresh rosemary, kosher salt & black pepper, finished with fresh Parmesan & fresh chopped parsley
            - ginger, cardamom & cinnamon with maple syrup

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              HillJ Oct 28, 2009 01:48 PM

              How about a poundcake? Sweet potato poundcake is ultra moist & delicious.

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                goodhealthgourmet Oct 28, 2009 04:25 PM

                when i glanced at your post i thought it said "pancake" instead of poundcake :) sweet potato pancakes would be another great way to go.

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                  HillJ Oct 28, 2009 04:27 PM

                  absolutely on the pancakes..sweet potato latke too :) with spicy applesauce or honey.
                  oh my!

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                foodpoisoned Oct 28, 2009 02:12 PM

                I usually toss them with olive oil, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper then roast. Sweet (with no added sugar) and spicy...this kind of reminds me of red hot candies, so in my head I call them red hot sweet potatoes.

                1. steakman55 Oct 28, 2009 03:51 PM

                  Try smoked sweet potatoes. Being a Southerner, my family loves sweet potatoes. I don't really care for them sweetened, but when cooking a pork loin or Boston butt in my Weber using indirect heat (smoker style), I will put a few scrubbed but not skinned sweet potatoes on the grill as well, though not over direct heat. I am using hickory chips, so there is lots of smoke. After an hour or more, the potatoes will be extra tender, and the skin will puff out from the potato, so it is easily removed with no waste. The potatoes have a slight smoky taste, and are excellent with the meat. They need no butter, unless of course you want to add some. Excellent.

                  1. folprivate Oct 28, 2009 05:34 PM

                    I thinly slice them to make baked sweet potato chips. Toss them in a little oil and sprinkle them liberally with cajun seasoning. Bake at 400 until crisp. Turn them after they brown slightly on one side. We doctor bottled blue cheese dressing with cajun seasoning and pour that over the chips in a bowl then sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and chopped chives.

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                      duck833 Oct 28, 2009 06:51 PM

                      Sweet potatoe pie!!! Yummmmmmm

                      Just picked up a second box of them at Costco. $7.99 a box

                      1. Rmis32 Oct 28, 2009 09:20 PM

                        The Minimalist: A Potato Salad of a Different Color - Marc Bittman
                        article - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/dining/30mini.html?ref=dining
                        recipe - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/din...

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                          middydd Oct 28, 2009 10:01 PM

                          Spicy sweet potato oven fries are my favourite recipe. The same site has dozens of recipes that look good.


                          1. purple goddess Oct 28, 2009 10:17 PM

                            sweet potato and roasted capsicum soup. Roast your sweet tattie, skin it, puree with a little chicken stock, season with S&P, serve garnished with strips of roasted red capsicum,

                            1. perk Oct 29, 2009 12:28 AM

                              The October Gourmet has a terrific recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with fried sage leaves and shaved chesnuts. I made it for a dinner party as a starter the other night....very nice.

                              1. Caroline1 Oct 29, 2009 12:29 AM

                                Since you're not looking for Thanksgiving-ish recipes, I won't bother with my sweet potato maple souffle. I love fresh sweet potatoes/yams baked and served just like an Idaho potato. Then there is the classic Japanese tempura treatment of sweet potato. Or you can mash them with some mashed turnip or rutabaga with butter, salt and pepper to taste. When I can find the true, long skinny sweet potatoes, I cut them into "coins" and brown them in butter, then salt and pepper to taste. I love those as a "potato side" with breakfast. None of which is exactly diet food, but all very healthy!

                                1. ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2009 03:31 AM

                                  I've had great success with these sweet potato ravioli from Cooking Light: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

                                  I usually doctor the filling with lots of herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme), sauteed shallots, some fresh garlic, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, and lots of cheese. This has been a hit when we have people over for dinner.

                                  p.s. the won ton wrappers are not quite "right" texturally for ravioli, but they are an acceptable alternative. I imagine these would be out of this world with homemade pasta instead.

                                  1. Emme Oct 29, 2009 07:54 PM

                                    Sweet Potato Pizzettes -- slice sweet potatoes width-wise, brush with butter, top with chopped cooked onions, thinly sliced portabellos (optional), provolone, romano, rosemary, chopped garlic, and kosher salt.

                                    Or use it to to make pizza dough --
                                    1 teaspoon dry yeast
                                    ¾ cups all purpose flour
                                    1 cup whole wheat flour
                                    1/2 sweet potato, mashed
                                    ½ teaspoon salt
                                    3/4 cup hot water
                                    Mix yeast and hot water. Mix flours and salt, and add in sweet potato til crumbly, make a well in the center and add in water/yeast. Knead. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then top as desired and bake (try black beans, jalapeno cheese, banana peppers, and salsa and/or sour cream once out of the oven). {Or try topping with cooked potato, buffalo sauce, mozzarella, blue cheese and kosher salt.)

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