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South African Sweet Potato Recipes
Tasty South African Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potatoes are my favourite vegetables. It is unbelievable what you can do with them and any dish can be improved by adding sweet potatoes.
Even though sweet potatoes and potatoes are only very distant cousins potatoes can always be substituted with sweet potatoes. Maybe this is one of the best pieces of advice I can give you about this tasty vegetable.
Whatever you can do with potatoes you can also do with sweet potatoes, sometimes the dish is even tastier that with the standard potatoes.
Even though sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet taste it can still be used very successfully in any savoury dish. As a stand alone vegetable it is a very tasty addition to any main course, I cannot think about a main course that does not taste good with sweet potatoes as a side dish.
In South Africa we use Sweet Potatoes and Yams as Sweet Potatoes as there is no basic difference in them except the colour.
Not Enough Sweet Potatoes?
If you are going to serve mashed sweet potatoes, but you do not have enough, you can add a few potatoes and you will be surprised that you can hardly taste the difference.
In any dish where you are going to make layers of sweet potato, some of the layers can very successfully be alternated with a layer of potatoes.
- Parboil the sweet potatoes and slice in rounds
- Slice sour apples
- Ina baking dish, pack a layer of sweet potatoes and a layer of apples on top
- Sprinkle with a little salt and sugar
- Place small pieces of butter on the layer
- Repeat layers until all the sweet potatoes and apples have been used
- Bake for 1 hour in a oven of 350 degrees
Sweet Potatoes with Apples
- Sweet potatoes
Apples For Your Sweet Potatoes And Apple Recipe
Boiled Sweet Potatoes
Many of the recipes make use of boiled Sweet Potatoes. The basic method is to wash them and then cook them in salted water until soft and tender. You can also peel the sweet potatoes before boiling them to save you the trouble of peeling them when cooked. When peeling sweet potatoes you have to work fast as they blacken very easily. I make sure the peeled Sweet Potatoes are covered with water with a little lemon juice in it until I use them.
Browned Sweet Potatoes
- Boiled sweet potatoes
- Melted butter
- Cut hot boiled sweet potatoes in slices lengthwise
- Put in a baking pan
- Baste with melted butter
- Dust thickly with sugar
- Brown in a quick oven
You can also make a syrup with 1/2 a cup of sugar and brush the sweet potatoes with the syrup
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Peel and parboil sweet potatoes, then cut into slices lengthwise. Put into a baking dish spread thickly with butter (REAL BUTTER!) Sprinkle with sugar and ground cinnamon, then add 1/4 cup of hot water and bake in a hot oven 3590 F until tender and brown.
Bakes Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes can be baked in the same way as you make baked potatoes. I wrap them in foil and bake them in the coals of my "braai" (barbeque) It is also possible to bake them in the oven at 3500 F until soft. The time will depend on the size of your Sweet Potatoes. Bake sweet potatoes can be a little dry, but served with dollops of butter or cream they are very tasty and sweet.
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
There are two methods of make caramelized Sweet Potatoes. The method I prefer is to make a caramel with butter and sugar, dissolve this in hot water and cook your potatoes in this caramel "water'
Making a caramel from butter is very easy. You simply melt some butter in a pot, add some sugar (all depends on how many Sweet Potatoes you plan on cooking) and stir over moderate heat until it is nice and brown. When your caramel starts browning you must be ready with the hot water as the caramel goes from brown to burned very quickly. Pout the hot water on top of the caramel (be careful - it may splatter - it is very hot and can give you a serious burn)
Peel your sweet potatoes and cut in slices. Parboil them for about 10 minutes. Caramelize 1 cup of sugar and add 1/2 cup of water and stir until melted. Place the sweet potatoes in a buttered baking layered with the syrup you made and sprinkle a little salt on top. Bake in a moderate oven until soft.
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Once again you start with your parboiled sweet potatoes. Then you slice them lengthwise and place into an oven proof baking dish. Cook syrup from 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup water. cook this for 5 minutes and then pour it over your sweet potatoes. (Obviously if you are going to make a huge quantity of sweet potatoes you will need to make more syrup) Bake at 3750 F for about 20 minutes or until completely soft.
Sweet Potatoes In Casserole
Cute your parboiled sweet potatoes in slices. Place a layer of these slices in a baking dish of at least half-inch and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Repeat the layers until you have used all your sweet potatoes. Stip with butter and add a few sticks of cinnamon. Cover the dish and bake in a hot oven for about half an hour. Instead of the cinnamon you can aslo use naartjie peel, orange peel, lime peel or lemon peel.
Sweet Potato Croquettes
Mash boiled or baked sweet potatoes while still warm. Season with salt and pepper and add enough butter to get a consistency suitable to form the croquettes. Form croquettes. Dip the croquettes in egg, then cover with bread crumbs. Fry in deep oil until nice and brown. It is also possible to use less butter and add an egg to the sweet potato mixture.
While we are on the deep oil frying, always remember that you can make sweet potato chips in exactly the way you would make potato chips. They are a nice change as a treat with any dish that you would normally serve with potato chips.
Stewed Sweet Potatoes
Peel four medium sizes sweet potatoes and cut into slices. ad a little water to a saucepan and place the sweet potatoes in the saucepan with one teaspoon of salt. Cook until the sweet potatoes are soft and all the water has been absorbed. Add two tablespoons of golden syrup and two tablespoons of butter. let it simmer very gently, shaking the saucepan occasionally to prevent burning, until nice and brown.