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hamwater
04-21-2011, 07:39 PM
I love pototates in any form. Baked, fried, mashed and especially in casseroles. I've been trying to substitute more sweet potatoes in place of regular because I know they are better for me, but I really don't much like them.

So far I have been slicing and baking them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and making fries from them, which are pretty good, but I am getting a little tired of them.

Does anyone have any good recipes for sweet potatoes that aren't the "sweet" variety of recipe (cinnamon, brown sugar, etc.) or, even better, that would help take away the "sweet" flavor?

I have heard of mashing cauliflower in place of potatoes as well, and plan to try that too, so any similar recipes would be appreciated.

As a matter of fact, any good vegetable preparation/recipes that you enjoy (eggplant, squash, etc.) would be great. I pretty much like everything except bell peppers so I would be up to try any vegetable.

I know you are only limited by your imagination but I seem to make the same things over and over again. Help me out?

Zsofia
04-21-2011, 07:46 PM
I peel them, slice them into rounds, and bake them, which you already do, but I do them with a Cajun spice mix on top.

Moonlitherial
04-21-2011, 07:57 PM
I peel them, slice them into rounds, and bake them, which you already do, but I do them with a Cajun spice mix on top.

This. Experiment with spices to find different tastes that you like. I have a great garlic/sea salt blend that I love on sweet potatoes

GilaB
04-21-2011, 08:25 PM
I make a nice pureed sweet potato and leek soup. You can make sweet potato soup and season it with anything you like - herbs, curry powder, etc.

It works surprisingly well in vegetable stir-fries when cut into small cubes.

I really like this (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/dining/171mrex.html?scp=1&sq=bittman%20sweet%20potato%20chicken%20peanut%20butter&st=cse) West African-inspired peanut, sweet potato, and chicken soup.

not what you'd expect
04-21-2011, 08:27 PM
Mashed sweet potatoes are good. I bake mine just like a regular potato and eat with butter and chives. Or sometimes sour cream or cream cheese on top.

Motorgirl
04-21-2011, 08:35 PM
I, too, am always on the lookout for non-sweetened sweet potato recipes.

One of my favorite sweet potato recipes can be found here (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=6766050&postcount=4).

Motorgirl
04-21-2011, 08:37 PM
Here is another (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=337699). Looks like I post to the Dope about sweet potatoes a lot.

Arrendajo
04-21-2011, 08:39 PM
I use them all the time in stir fries and curries. Especially good with chicken mushrooms peppers & whatever else you want to throw in the wok, cook with a little soy and ginger, add some Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce at the end. Serve with rice and enjoy!

hamwater
04-21-2011, 09:36 PM
Thanks you guys! Trying to eat a little healthier all around and these all sound good. I just made a stir fry a couple of days ago but never would have thought to try sweet potato in it. I will next time for sure.

Athena
04-21-2011, 10:06 PM
For those of you who want nice, sweet sweet potatoes without adding stuff to them, check out Red Garnet Yams. They're like the best sweet potato in the world, with no additives at all. Just bake them until soft, add some butter & salt, and be happy. Intense sweet potato flavor all on their own.

Moonlitherial
04-21-2011, 10:25 PM
Oh actually something that worked out really well -

Fairly large chunks of broccoli and cauliflower
Half of their size chunks of sweet potato and carrots

Tossed with fresh garlic, sea salt and olive oil and then baked in a single layer on a cookie sheet for about 25 mins at 375.

Watch closely though what you want is the vegetables soft and then starting to crisp. Tasty and good for you :)

Rick
04-21-2011, 10:52 PM
I have heard of mashing cauliflower in place of potatoes as well, and plan to try that too, so any similar recipes would be appreciated.
OK so I am on a low carb diet and potatoes are a no-no. So mashed cauliflower is my answer to mashed potatoes. Try this
Separate a head of cauliflower into individual pieces and cook until just tender. (and I do mean just)
Place pieces in blender with butter, some heavy cream and salt and pepper.
Process until smooth.
Enjoy.

Wile E
04-21-2011, 11:42 PM
Bacon? (http://foodwhirl.com/entertaining/bacon-wrapped-sweet-potato-skewers)

SeaDragonTattoo
04-21-2011, 11:52 PM
Right now, I have yams baking with beets and sweet yellow onions.

Often, I will cut up a couple yams and just boil them in salted water until fork-tender, drain and eat with some Earth Balance and fresh ground pepper. Sometimes I'll add some chili powder.

Now I'm hungry.

gallows fodder
04-22-2011, 09:04 AM
They're really good in savory soups -- use them just the way you would a regular potato. Chicken sausage and/or bacon (that would be an "and" in this house), leeks, swiss chard, and bite-sized sweet potatoes in chicken stock with some parsley and marjoram make an excellent soup.

Sehmket
04-22-2011, 09:17 AM
I do the same thing I do with regular potatoes - chunk 'em up, toss them with some olive oil herbs (Sage, thyme, oregano, parsley, whatever) and roast 'em until they're cooked.

A nice variation on the sweet side is just a touch of brown sugar, and ginger. I'm not a fan of cinnamon, so I don't go that route, but everyone seems to like the ginger. It's just different enough to be interesting.

Antigen
04-22-2011, 09:38 AM
I like sweet potatoes braised in chicken broth with garlic and ginger- it's a simple recipe and tastes so incredibly good.

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
One onion, cut so you have thin half-circles of onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp oilve oil
1 cup (packed) spinach leaves, torn into pieces
1/2 cup chicken (or veg) broth
1/2 tsp ginger
Pepper

Cook the onion and garlic in oil until the onions are soft and golden. You can use a frying pan but I used my flat Le Creuset dutch oven because the whole thing goes into the oven afterwards. Stir in the chopped sweet potatoes and add the ginger and pepper. Pour the chicken broth over it all and put it into the oven, covered, at 425F for about 25 minutes. Obviously, if you used a frying pan for the onion part, transfer it all to an oven-safe dish first! Check it after 20 minutes, because the cooking time varies depending how small you chopped the sweet potatoes. When you can stick a fork through the potatoes, stir in the spinach leaves and put it back in the oven for 5 more minutes (still covered).

This is what it looks like (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MzDQ_hzw9Hk/TaPFVeDvE2I/AAAAAAAAAU0/xLYDtc1yZVc/s1600/img_1208.jpg) when it's ready to eat.

billfish678
04-22-2011, 10:45 AM
Havent made this in years, but the few times we did we really liked it.

It was diced up sweet potato. Browned in a pan with butter IIRC. Then mixed with basalmic? vinegar and chopped up fennel and probably some other spices/seasoning. Then baked in the oven for awhile.

We found the recipe for it on a bunch/stalk of fennel we bought at Walmart. If you arent familiar with fennel, it looks like celery with a rather fuzzy/ferny top to it. Taste like licorice.

Recipe sounds a bit odd, but I thought it was pretty damn good.

Wile E
04-22-2011, 12:10 PM
I found a recipe for a curried sweet potato Shepherd's pie, that sounded good. I haven't tried it yet, I don't have it bookmarked on my iPhone but you could probably google it, I think it was a Better Homes and Garden recipe but I'm not positive.

Johnny Angel
04-22-2011, 12:44 PM
As it turns out, I myself have been pondering what could be done with sweet potatoes. Years ago, I had a steak that came with sweet potato hash. I don't know what recipe they were using, but I suspect you can't go wrong just dicing up a sweet potato and frying up the bits with onions.

Lynn Bodoni
04-22-2011, 01:40 PM
I like sweet potatoes braised in chicken broth Most vegetables are very good when braised in chicken broth.

llcoolbj77
04-22-2011, 01:55 PM
I wonder if you could do a sweet potato soup, like you would a butternut squash soup?

I make a pretty banging butternut squash soup, which is just roasted butter nut squash, some half&half, salt, pepper, ginger, a dash of nutmeg, and blitzed in the blender. I use veg stock to get it to the consistency that I like.

It seems like sweet pots would have about the same starch as a squash.

Johnny Angel
04-22-2011, 06:12 PM
So, I just tried the hashing. I see that I put the potatoes in too early, because I really like to give my onions time to turn to mush for something like this, but with regular potatoes you need to start cooking before they oxidize. Also, I had to keep the heat low, because (presumably due to the higher sugar levels) the sweet potatoes started browning almost immediately. Fine as long as I don't let them burn. As stiff as the were while cutting, they turned to soft surprisingly fast. And as far as taste, it's more or less exactly what you'd expect from sweet potato fried with onions. Mmmmmm.

singular1
04-24-2011, 08:34 PM
For those of you who want nice, sweet sweet potatoes without adding stuff to them, check out Red Garnet Yams. They're like the best sweet potato in the world, with no additives at all. Just bake them until soft, add some butter & salt, and be happy. Intense sweet potato flavor all on their own.

I just tried these, and I'm sorry to say I'm underwhelmed. Next time I'm at the store -prolly tomorrow - I'll pick up a couple sweet potatoes and cook 'em the same way for a fair comparison. Since I know you're all on tintehooks to hear my judgement:rolleyes:, I'll report back. I'm also waiting for Mr. singular to get home and try his yam - there's a very good chance it's my failing and not that of the yam's.

Johnny L.A.
04-24-2011, 08:48 PM
I like sweet potatoes.

But I prefer the white ones, rather than the orange ones people call 'yams'.

My favourite way to eat them is how I was introduced to them as a kid in Japan. Bake a white sweet potato. Split it open. Add some butter or margarine. Eat.

twickster
04-24-2011, 10:46 PM
Like a lot of people, I peel and chunk them, roast them with some oil -- and curry powder. Yum.

Caiata
04-25-2011, 10:32 AM
Most of my sweet potato dishes are just sweet potato wedges + chipotle powder baked until crispy on the outside and deliciously soft and fluffy on the inside. The spicy chipotle really works well with the sweet potato flavour.

Once, I sliced a sweet potato very thinly and put it on a pizza with smoked chicken, bacon, and rosemary. It was amazing. I don't make it any more because I could seriously eat, I don't know, 4 or 5 pizzas in a sitting, it is so good. :)

maladroit
04-25-2011, 02:48 PM
I've started throwing them into random recipes by either grating or small dicing them and chucking them into things, most recently a batch of lentils.

butler1850
04-25-2011, 03:32 PM
Scalloped. For Easter we did a batch with regular white potatoes, and one with sweet. The sweets ran out first.

NAF1138
04-25-2011, 03:36 PM
Oh actually something that worked out really well -

Fairly large chunks of broccoli and cauliflower
Half of their size chunks of sweet potato and carrots

Tossed with fresh garlic, sea salt and olive oil and then baked in a single layer on a cookie sheet for about 25 mins at 375.

Watch closely though what you want is the vegetables soft and then starting to crisp. Tasty and good for you :)

This is great with almost any vegetable. I like throwing squash and asparagus or maybe bell pepper into the mix too. Oven roasted veggies are the way to go.

hamwater
04-26-2011, 05:04 PM
I like sweet potatoes braised in chicken broth with garlic and ginger- it's a simple recipe and tastes so incredibly good.

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
One onion, cut so you have thin half-circles of onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp oilve oil
1 cup (packed) spinach leaves, torn into pieces
1/2 cup chicken (or veg) broth
1/2 tsp ginger
Pepper

Cook the onion and garlic in oil until the onions are soft and golden. You can use a frying pan but I used my flat Le Creuset dutch oven because the whole thing goes into the oven afterwards. Stir in the chopped sweet potatoes and add the ginger and pepper. Pour the chicken broth over it all and put it into the oven, covered, at 425F for about 25 minutes. Obviously, if you used a frying pan for the onion part, transfer it all to an oven-safe dish first! Check it after 20 minutes, because the cooking time varies depending how small you chopped the sweet potatoes. When you can stick a fork through the potatoes, stir in the spinach leaves and put it back in the oven for 5 more minutes (still covered).

This is what it looks like (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MzDQ_hzw9Hk/TaPFVeDvE2I/AAAAAAAAAU0/xLYDtc1yZVc/s1600/img_1208.jpg) when it's ready to eat.

This sounds fantastic!

hamwater
04-26-2011, 05:06 PM
I like sweet potatoes.

But I prefer the white ones, rather than the orange ones people call 'yams'.

My favourite way to eat them is how I was introduced to them as a kid in Japan. Bake a white sweet potato. Split it open. Add some butter or margarine. Eat.

What is a white sweet potato like? I don't think I have ever seen one and I know I have never eaten one.

Johnny L.A.
04-26-2011, 05:22 PM
White sweet potato (http://www.saurapride.com/SPSP-OH.jpg)

The white sweet potato is firmer and less sweet than the orange sweet potatoes we call 'yams'.

nikonikosuru
04-27-2011, 04:03 PM
Did you ever have daigakuimo (http://http://japanesefood.about.com/od/sweetpotato/r/daigakuimo.htm)during your time in Japan? I had some at a kaitenzushi and I couldn't get enough of them! They're on the sweet side but you could cut down on the sugar and adjust it to your tastes.

purplehorseshoe
04-27-2011, 04:22 PM
Hey, Hamwater (or anyone else) - have you tried that braised recipe yet? I don't know how I missed it before, but we have one sweet left in the pantry <singsong voice> and I think I know what's for dinner toniiiiiight! </singsong voice>

Thanks in advance, Antigen.

hamwater
04-27-2011, 08:16 PM
I have not tried that yet. I am visiting my parents until Monday and then I plan to start cooking like a fool. I got my food processor back from a friend today and I am going to try and use that too. I thought I'd blend up some mushrooms and spinach and incorporate it into meatloaf, and maybe try some other similar things to get more vegetables in my daily menu.

It's not that I don't like vegetables, I do, I don't know why it is so difficult for me to eat enough of them. Usually I just heat up a Green Giant microwave pouch and serve it on the side but that is ridiculous when there are so many great ways to cook them and so many choices. I've just been lazy I guess.

The ideas in this thread have been most helpful though.

Johnny L.A.
04-27-2011, 09:56 PM
Did you ever have daigakuimo (http://http://japanesefood.about.com/od/sweetpotato/r/daigakuimo.htm)during your time in Japan?

No, we just had 'The Ishiyakimo Man'. He had a pedal cart with roasted sweet potatoes, and he called out 'Oishii yaki imo!' And they were oishii. Cheap, too. 50, which was about a nickel at the time.

devilsknew
04-27-2011, 10:35 PM
You could make a Jamaican Patty (http://www.google.com/search?q=jamaican+pastries&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#sclient=psy&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=vpI&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&source=hp&q=jamaican+patties&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=822bf32b5c0e0691) with some curry goat and yellow yams.

nikonikosuru
04-27-2011, 11:54 PM
No, we just had 'The Ishiyakimo Man'. He had a pedal cart with roasted sweet potatoes, and he called out 'Oishii yaki imo!' And they were oishii. Cheap, too. 50, which was about a nickel at the time.

Nice. They were always selling yaki imo at the conbinis but I was on a diet at the time (:rolleyes:) so I always passed. Such a dumb thing to do, looking back on it. I missed out on so much good food when I was there, argh!

TriPolar
04-28-2011, 12:43 AM
Know what? The other day I had a craving for spiced potatoes like they serve at Deannie's in New Orleans. I couldn't find a specific recipe on line, but a couple of sources confirmed what I thought, it's basically crab boil with extra cayenne added for the zing. Someone said Deannie's used Zatarain's crab boil, but I just put 3 tablespoons of Old Bay and 3 tablespoons of Cayenne in a gallon of water and boiled up some small red potatoes. They were fabulous, and I'll be doing this more often.

Now I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes and yams myself (except for sweet potato pie for some reason). But now I'm going to try out the spices on some and see if that makes them more palatable to me.

Johnny Angel
04-29-2011, 12:59 PM
So, recently, continuing to experiment with making a hash out of sweet potatoes, I tried throwing the concoction in an omelet. The result was tasty, but it was so much like eating pie that I wondered whether I should have thrown in some cinnamon or something.

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