My sister was tasked with preparing the main items for our big family pot-luck harvest feast and she asked me if there was anything specific I would like her to prepare. I asked for baked, plain, skin on sweet potatoes. First of all, I like them this way. Bake it just like a russet and I’ll eat it with just butter, salt and pepper. Sweet potatoes don’t require any further adulteration but if you need to add sweetening then a bit of honey butter and cinnamon or a touch of maple syrup can be added to your own spud without corrupting all of them.
Don’t even get me started on XXXXing marshmallows!
My sister happily complied and per my request, prepared a few whole, baked sweet spuds for those like me who prefer them. She also prepared a large baking dish of peeled sweet potatoes cut into 2" pieces, topped with butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans and then baked and also prepared a small dish of baked, mashed sweet potatoes topped with marshmallow and coconut. As far as I’m concerned, all’s well.
The dishes of sweetened spuds disappeared like a sneeze in a tornado. I was the only one who took a plain sweet potato and I got some pretty strange looks from a couple of cousins in the process.
IMHO, there’s not a darn thing wrong with a plain, baked, sweet potato and I don’t apologize for liking them. That doesn’t mean I’m not the outlier.
How do you like you sweet potatoes and is a plain, baked, sweet potato an acceptable second choice?