Sweet potatoes: Nemisis, Or Friend?

We grew sweet potatoes in 2011, That was neat. They take over 100 days to grow though, sometimes longer!
We grew sweet potatoes in 2011, That was neat. They take over 100 days to grow though, sometimes longer!

A little bit of trivia...

Sweet potatoes are actually related to the morning glory flower.

Also, sweet potatoes and yams are totally different critters. Yams are from Africa and Asia. Sweet Potatoes are from the Americas.

The greens, or leaves, can be used in salads and other greens applications.

Sweet Potatoes' outside colors range between yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, and beige. Its insides range from beige through white, red, pink, violet, yellow, orange, and purple. Sweet potato varieties with white or pale yellow insides, are less sweet and moist than those with red, pink or orange innards.

You either like 'em or you don't

I'm not going to be as obvious and say... "Make sweet potato pie."

That's too expected. Too over used. People can get burnt out on over used.

Here are some other ideas.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Waffles
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Chips
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Pot Pie

I have many more, but I do not want to overwhelm you.

Lets get into some of those recipes... That's where the fun lies.

Sweet Potato Waffles

I got this recipe a long time ago watching Good Eats. I love that show. I sit there watching the show with a note book and pen ready to jot down recipes all the time ^_^

I love these waffles!

Non Edibles you will need:
Waffle Iron (any will do, if you use Belgian, you will only get half of the number you expect)
non stick spray
potato masher
a couple big bowls
something to steam the potatoes with, a steamer basket is awesome

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated orange rind (Optional)
I usually use a little orange juice instead

steam potatoes for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Mash cooked potatoes and set aside.

In a big bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In another big bowl combine the sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, butter, and grated orange rind.
Stir until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Gradually fold egg whites into batter 1/3 at a time.
The batter will be thick.

Scoop out the batter onto your waffle iron how you normally would make a waffle. You may need to spread this batter around with a spoon or plastic spatula, because it is really thick.
Cook till your iron stops steaming or 5 or so minutes. Now a days irons have alarms for when they are done.

Baked Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Depending on how many people you're cooking for.

Here's what you'll need:

Non Edibles you will need:
Casserole dish
Potato masher
potato peeler
knife

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes
Butter/Margarine
salt & pepper
milk or chicken broth

You may also microwave the potatoes using the potato setting on your microwave and skip the oven. You may also boil the potatoes, but I find baking in the oven slightly roasts them and gives them an awesome flavor.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Peel your potatoes. Wash them off then place them into the baking dish/casserole dish. lightly salt and pepper the potatoes. For a kick, toss on some old bay or Cajun seasoning.

Cover the dish with some foil or the lid (if it has one) and bake for at least 30 minutes. Check them after the 30 minutes with a fork and see if they are tender. If they are, they are done. If not leave them in till they come out tender.

You can mash them right in the dish they are in, mixing in the broth or milk till they are the consistency you like your mashed potatoes. Season them to taste. Remember you already salt & peppered them before baking so you may want to give them a taste before adding anymore.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes

Here's what you'll need:

Non Edibles you will need:
Cookie sheet
potato peeler
knife

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes
Butter/Margarine
salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 350.

Peel your potatoes. Wash them off then place them into the cookie sheet. lightly salt and pepper the potatoes. For a kick, toss on some old bay or Cajun seasoning.

Bake for at least 30 minutes. Check them after the 30 minutes with a fork and see if they are tender. If they are, they are done. If not leave them in till they come out tender.

Serve and enjoy ^_^

Sweet Potato Fries

Here's what you'll need:

Non Edibles you will need:
Deep Fryer or
frying pan
potato peeler
knife
Mandolin or french fry cutter
paper towels

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes
salt & pepper
oil (your preference)

Heat up your deep fryer or your frying pan with oil in it.

Peel your potatoes. Wash them off then cut them into french fries.

Deep fry them until they are crispy looking, usually 6 minutes or so, use your judgement.

drain on a paper towel salt & Pepper

Serve and enjoy ^_^

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Here's what you'll need:

Non Edibles you will need:
Cookie sheet
frying pan
potato peeler
knife
clean food scissors

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes
Butter/Margarine
salt & pepper
Bacon
1/2 onion
1/2 c Brown sugar

Follow just as you would the roasted potatoes
Preheat your oven to 350.

Peel your potatoes. Wash them off then place them into the cookie sheet. lightly salt and pepper the potatoes.

Bake for at least 20 minutes. Check them after the 30 minutes with a fork and see if they are tender. You want them just turning tender because you still need to cook them for a few minutes in the frying pan.

While you're roasting the potatoes, cut your bacon up into small pieces, use the scissors or a knife.
Put your bacon into a cold pan, and turn it on low. It will get most of the fat cooked off the bacon. Give it a few minutes while you are cutting up your onion. As it starts to sizzle and shrink up. Add your 1/2 onion chopped finely. You can have less or more onion, your preference.

After the potatoes are done, turn the heat up on your pan to medium. Add the potatoes to the pan and coat them well with all the juice in the bottom of your pan.
After everything is nice and evenly coated, add your brown sugar.
It should turn into a glaze.
If, after a lot of stirring you notice that the sugar is still grainy, add a tbsp of either water or chicken broth to loosen the sugar up.
Cover the pan, turn it on low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Serve and enjoy ^_^

Sweet Potato Chips

Here's what you'll need:

Non Edibles you will need:
Deep Fryer or
frying pan
potato peeler
knife
Mandolin or cheese grater
paper towels

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes
salt & pepper Or sugar
oil (your preference)

Heat up your deep fryer or your frying pan with oil in it.

Peel your potatoes. Wash them off then cut them into chips.

Deep fry them until they are crispy looking, usually 6 minutes or so, use your judgement.

drain on a paper towel salt & Pepper or for sweet, sprinkle some sugar on them. Or drizzle with honey.

Serve and enjoy ^_^

Raw Sweet Potato Chips
Raw Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet Potato Pot Pie
Sweet Potato Pot Pie

Sweet Potato Pot Pie

Ok, I know I wasn't going to mention pie. This is different I swear!


Non Edibles you will need:
Pie pan
casserole dish if no pie pan
potato peeler
knife

Ingredients:
4 Sweet Potatoes diced into bite sized pieces
salt & pepper
1 pie crust (ready made or make your own)
1 small can cream of chicken soup
1 small can cream of your favorite vegetable soup
2 cups Diced cooked chicken
1 bag of mixed vegetables or whatever your favorite mix is
small Chicken broth

If you want to make a top and bottom crust go right ahead, I like both crusts.
Just before you put in the filling coat the bottom crust completely with some butter/margerine.

In a bowl or your casserole dish (if you didn't do the bottom crust), mix both canned soups, with a touch of chicken broth or water, just enought to loosen the soups up and make them easier to mix.
Salt and pepper to taste stirring well.

Toss in your chicken, (this is great as a leftover dish) Mix that around.

Add your sweet potatoes, vegetable mix and stir those in well.

Cover with the pie crust and poke a few holes in the top. 3 small slits are great. Any more than that and you're going to dry the pot pie out.

Bake for 25-45 minutes until the crust is nice and golden and the potatoes are tender. Try to remember where a piece of potato is, You may have to poke one.

After the pot pie is nice and tender take it out and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy ^_^

And in the end there was... yummyness

Regardless of what recipe you choose, I'm sure you'll do just fine experimenting.

Let me know how they turn out for you in the comments below ^_^

Good Luck... and go get your cook on ^_~

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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Great hub. Love sweet potatoes. The fries are fantastic. I'll have to try the pot pie.


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Natisu 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks ^_^ Let me know how the pot pie turns out for you.


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Sadie14 4 years ago from U.S.

Mmmm! I love sweet potatoes and those waffles sound awesome!! Thank you for so many ideas! I usually just heat mine up with butter! :)


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

Sweet potato fries are an excellent change from the common french fries. Ore Ida and a couple other brands must have finally realized this because now you can find them already bagged & fried, in the frozen food section @ many supermarkets.

I've also had them sliced into thinner but wider slices, and pan-fried in butter. Yes, I favor the fried versions, regardless... Ha!


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Susan Ng 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Bookmarked your hub for future reference. Those sweet potato fries look really delicious. :)

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