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Sweet potato recipes for folks who hate sweet potatoes?

My husband and I are in the minority, I know. We both hate sweet potatoes. Every year at Thanksgiving, I would be tasked by by sister-in-law to make the repulsive sweet potato casserole.

I recently joined a CSA. Being new to the program I didn't know it was possible to opt out of certain items and substitute others in its place. That is how I ended up with two pounds of sweet potatoes.

Can anyone offer recipe suggestions for these little buggers that might appeal to sweet 'tater haters like ourselves?

p.s. I'm already planning to make these: http://www.bakerella.com/not-your-kid...

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  1. You can use them in a curried soup with coconut milk.

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    1. I have that issue with my in laws, they only like sweet potatoes with marshmallows and I refuse to make them that way. I did get my BIL to eat them made with cream and chipotle, a very popular recipe you can find here on Chowhound. And the leftovers are great tossed into a soup...or maybe even just make soup with them? Sub for butternut squash, I do it all the time.

      1. Sweet potato pound cake is good, but I suggest you just bake the potatoes until tender, then open and taste one with just butter, or sour cream, S&P. They are sweet but not nearly as sweet as candied or casserole versions. Just put the condiments on a little bit of one potato. Then, if you don't like them as a side dish that way, cool the remainder and make the pound cake. Bake them at 300-350 because the higher you go, the more caramelly they will be. Use a parchment-lined pan - the pricked potatoes will ooze syrup that will stick like the melted sugar it is.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Don't like most sweet potato dishes either because of all the sugary syrup marshmallow topping but I will eat them with savory ingredients. I like them in chicken & sweet potato chowder, coconut sweet potato chowder, and pureed sweet potato soup with east Indian spices like cumin crushed mustard seeds, ginger, hot paprika, and masala seasoning.

          I like to use sweet potatoes in a potato hash instead of white potatoes, my recipe is on the WFD thread. For something sweet, sweet potato layer cake with cinnamon cream cheese buttercream and candied pecans is a winner.

        2. Ever tried them roasted in olive oil with some herbs (e.g. rosemary or thyme), salt, and pepper?


          I'm still not a big sweet potato fan and for years I hated them. I think it was because I associate them with those cloyingly sweet candied yam dishes. However, I've found that I like them in more savory preparations.

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          1. re: stockholm28

            I am not a fan of the cloyingly sweetness of the traditional casserole. I've also had a sweet potato dish that was kind of like scalloped potatoes. The potatoes may have been too old since they were fibrous and tough.

          2. This one from Rachael Ray sounds really good:

            Also, using hot and sweet, such as chipotle in adobo and brown sugar.


            1. Black bean and sweet potato burritos -- Cook (bake, microwave, crockpot) one big sweet potato for every two people. Brown onion, garlic, and chili powder. Scoop the sweet potato out of its skin. Add it to the onion and seasonings. Roughly mash it all together. Add a can of drained black beans and salt and pepper to taste. Let it all simmer together for a while. Fill tortillas. You can add peppers, salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc. as desired.

              If you like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is even better. Cook and mash the sweet potatoes and use in place of pumpkin in your favorite recipe.

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              1. re: Tara57

                Sweet potato pie. Sweet potato pie. Sweet potato pie.

              2. my b/f and i also hate sweet potatoes. i've tried them all sorts of ways and just give up. i don't mind them as "fries", but after just a few of those don't want anymore. just give them away or compost them, honestly, lol. we don't all have to like everything.

                if you hate them too, talk nicely to your sil about making another dish, jeebus.

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                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  This year we did thanksgiving with my side at our house. I told my family that if they wanted sweet potato casserole other would have to make it themselves.

                  After 13 years of marriage, my husband has FINALLY made his family accept the following:

                  1. We hate sweet potatoes.
                  2. We hate turkey soup.
                  (I know this will make most of you cringe) 3. I don't like chocolate.

                  1. re: duchessofawesomeness

                    The fact that you don't like chocolate is more shocking...lol. This is a reply from a chocoholic so bear with me.

                2. You can also combine them with regular potatoes and make mashed/whipped potatoes.
                  Add some rosemary and roasted garlic with butter and cream or stock.
                  But I agree, if you can't find a way to make this type of side dish tasty for you, given you're the one spending the money and time on it, don't make it!
                  I would not make something I hate! If someone told me to make a salmon mousse for a gathering, I'd tell them I'd rather eat worms.

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                  1. re: monavano

                    Since my children don't like sweet potatoes either, I'd been going through the minimal effort of making the casserole. I'd get a can of the cooked ones from the store and make the recipe from the back of the can. It would cost us about $2 and would take about 5 minutes.

                    My in-laws are stubborn. Until last year, my mil would very sweetly make me a chocolate cake for my birthday. I don't like chocolate and especially hate chocolate cake. My husband would tell her every year. Either she would forget or she was being spiteful. I'm pretty sure it was a little more of the latter than the former (although she is VERY flighty)

                    1. re: duchessofawesomeness

                      Good solution in the first instance, and your MIL sounds like a pip!

                  2. Crash hot sweet potatoes won over a few non-fans this year on thanksgiving for me. :) I find that usually people just don't like SUPER sweet potatoes with all that sugar crap. Go for savory.

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                    1. re: WishyFish

                      Thanks of the suggestion! Do you gave a favorite recipe?

                      1. re: duchessofawesomeness

                        You can edit this down in size. The shallots and the balsamic cut the sugar and the olive oil makes for a less rich dish than butter. You can keep the pecans or do it without.

                        8 small sweets or yams peeled and cut into one inch cubes
                        ½ cup Grade B maple syrup
                        ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
                        4 tsps kosher salt
                        2 tsps fresh ground black pepper
                        8 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
                        4 tbs. balsamic vinegar
                        1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

                        Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, add sweet potatoes, chestnuts cut in quarters, 4 tbs of maple syrup, 4tbs of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix evenly and arrange on sheet tray (cookie sheet with sides or similar). Roast for about 25 minutes (check and stir after 15).

                        Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium low heat, add the remaining olive oil and the shallots, sauté until they start to caramelize (about 5-8 minutes). Add the remaining maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Lower the heat and cook until golden brown (maybe 8 minutes or so) (stir and watch for drying too much, if it does, add a tbs of water as needed). Add the roasted sweet potatoes to the caramelized shallots, toss with toasted pecans, and serve.

                        1. re: teezeetoo

                          maple syrup and balsamic? together? oh, dear.

                          honestly, lol, i just get my vitamin a from carrots. :)

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            its not unusual to mix sweet and sour - try great strawberries with good black pepper and some balsamic - yum -

                            1. re: teezeetoo

                              am sure for some it's a delicious treat, but i don't like maple, balsamic or sweet potatoes, so that's a hat trick of doom for me, lol. ;)

                              have tried sweet potatoes, savory, sweet, spicy, you name it. don't like the texture or that it is a potato that is *sweet*.

                              more for the rest of you!

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            Yep that's the one. :) I promise the brown sugar in the recipe isn't too much. I think it moreso just helps the potatoes crisp up!

                      2. Roast them, and remove the flesh and mix it up with some butter, ground ginger and orange zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

                        Or blend the cooked sweets with mashed potatoes.

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                        1. You can use some or all sweet potato instead of the squash in this soup:

                          Adding small chunks of sweet potato to chili is a good way to add a light sweetness to the chili but the spices kill the actual flavor of sweet potatoes.

                          Or you could always make your SIL a sweet potato casserole christmas gift .....;)

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                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            I like the idea of using it in place of squash in a soup.

                          2. This roasted/cubed sweet potato dish with chutney dressing is outstanding.

                            And this sweet potato spread, mixed with cream cheese and savory spices, is popular around our house.


                            If you want a soup - CH'er foodcompletesme posted a terrific pork and cubed sweet potato chili at this link, with stovetop instructions a few points down.

                            1. Start with roasting them whole. I like to eat them plain, though some varieties are better this way. These cooked potatoes are a starting point for other preparations.

                              1. I make roasted sweet & white potatoes together. I buy real lard from a Hispanic grocery store or use clarified butter or even better, duck fat.I first peel small potatoes to the approximate size of ping pong balls then I saute them in the fat to brown slightly. At this point you can cover and finish on the stove or do as I do and bake in a toaster oven until soft. Absolutely delicious!

                                1. http://www.vegofwa.org/Recipes/SpicyR...

                                  This won't use your entire bounty, but may help lighten your pantry.

                                  I make it spicy-hot and enjoy the earthiness of the dish with a loaf of of crusty bread and a hearty red. X2 when taken from hand-thrown-soup-bowls in front on the fireplace!

                                  -from another "sweet" potato hater who learned to love those root veggies via this recipe.

                                  1. Make batata harra or version that is combined with chorizo:



                                    I made the plain one once and it wasn't sweet at all.

                                    I also make risotto and add dice sweet potatoes.

                                    Can you turn them into chips like kale or beets are done in the oven?

                                    What about a mix of sweet and regular potatoes in latkes?

                                    Roast them in cubes and then serve in a mixed green salad with crumble blue cheese and a viniagrette.

                                    Make sweet potato and black bean tacos. Serve with avocado slices.

                                    I use them as a filling for ravioli or as the potato part of my gnocchi.

                                    In soups (pureed or chunky) or in stew with a heavy sauce.

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                                    1. re: melpy

                                      Mexican and Peruvian (where it originated) recipes call it camote.

                                      Candied camote - boiled in a brown sugar and cinnamon syrup.

                                      A sweet potato variation on a classic Ecuadorian potato pancake

                                      In Peru chunks of camote are often served along with ceviche