Friday Foodie Fix – Sweet Potatoes

This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is sweet potatoes.  I chose this because I need more sweet potato options.  I’ve baked them, made fries and great fritters (remind me to share these with you), but that’s about it.  I know there are a lot more options out there and I’m hoping you’ll share them.  My husband says he hates them but he does like my fritters.  I did make fries once but I had to batter and deep fry them in order to have anyone taste them.  You know it’s that whole hide the vegetable thing.

So what do we know about sweet potatoes and is a yams a sweet potato?  Yams and sweet potatoes are two entirely different plants. Yam is the common name for some species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae). The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. See, they are not even in the same family and the sweet potato is not related to the potato at all.  I guess the sweet potato is out there on it’s own.

It is however complemented well by the flavors of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, bacon, turkey, ham and chicken and are luscious with butter, maple syrup, or brown sugar according to the Produce Bible.  They also mention sweet potatoes go well in curries, especially coconut-cream based ones.  You can bake them, boil them, mash them and even fry them.  According to Nutrition Data website, they are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium, fiber,Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.  Also keep in mind the sweet potatoes with dark orange flesh will have more beta carotene.  Don’t forget that research notes eating more beta carotene can delay aging.  I wonder if it can make me look younger too?

One more thing.  According to the Produce Bible, don’t over buy sweet potatoes, they don’t last very long and store them at room temperature in a well-ventilated spot for 2-3 days and not in the refrigerator.  Guess what I’m pulling out of the refrigerator right now!

OK, so now it’s your turn to share your sweet potato recipes here.  Use Mr. Linky to add your original recipes then check out what everyone else shared and please share a link back here on your recipe blog post.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave the recipe in the comments section.   I know there are some family favorites out there so I’d love to see them in the comments section.

Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ………..Cranberries!

19 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix – Sweet Potatoes

  1. Jenn October 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    It's an old recipe on my blog, but a good one! My husband and I make sweet potato chips all the time as a snack!

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:53 am #

      Jenn- Wow those look so good. I think I'll give those a try tonight instead of the regular potatoes I was going to make. Hmmm, which seasoning should I use? I do love spicy.

  2. Natalie October 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    I've made sweet potato cake, biscuits and belgian waffles. Sweet potatoes are one of my family's favorite vegetables.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:53 am #

      Natalie- I can see I'm behind the curve on this one. Time to get cooking and baking with these great sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Linda October 30, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    My husband doesn't like them either, but he does like Alexia sweet potato fries. I linked to an old, not very original post, but I hope to have another one to add next week.

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:55 am #

      Linda- I got nasty looks when I served the Alexia. I thought they weren't bad but they were a no go too. I think I'm going to try Jenn's potato chips and some of these other great recipes.

  4. Jenn/CinnamonQuill October 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I am linking to a recipe for "Paradise Casserole" that originated from the Candle Cafe in NYC. It has three layers of millet, black beans, and mashed sweet potatoes. It sounds strange but works very well! I served it with a gravy, but I think it would be great with a chipotle type sauce as well! This Friday Foodie Fix is fun 🙂

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:56 am #

      Jenn- Oh you said one of my favorite words, chipotle. I think you're right and that would go well. My vegetarian son will love this. Thank you.

  5. Jennifer October 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    The first way I tried sweet potatoes that I actually liked was this:

    Dice equal parts white potato and orange sweet potato. Generously oil a frying pan and fry them until cooked through. They will brown so you have to keep an eye on them. Season with salt and rosemary to taste. Yum!

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:58 am #

      Jennifer- That sounds really good. I'll give this a try!

  6. Iris October 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    This week's recipe was inspired by the raw pumpkin cheese pie I made last week. I used the pie filling as the base for whipped sweet potatoes with cashew cream. I love all the other ideas here!

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 7:59 am #

      Iris- So cool. I'm really interested in the cashew cream too. I hear that is a great substitute for cream cheese. I'm headed to your blog to check it out!

  7. Linda November 1, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    When I linked up the other day I forgot to look at what next week's ingredient is. So I just came back to check, and guess what? I bought a big package of cranberries on Friday. I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but just felt like using them. Perfect timing!

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 8:02 am #

      Linda- Ah, that means I've picked the right ingredient. Everyone is grabbing up those amazing cranberries. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

  8. Barb November 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    I love Sweet potatoes! When my daughter was younger I would puree them and put them in everything from spaghetti sauce to casseroles. Now that she is older and I don't have to hide them I put them everywhere! Tonight for dinner we had my favorite dinner for chicken or turkey leftovers. It's sort of like a Shepard's pie with leftovers. I put mashed sweet potatoes or sometimes yams on the top. Yummy!!

    • Diane November 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

      Barb- what a great way to get those veggies in. I still have to hide them around here. I love the idea of making something completely new with leftovers. Great job!


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