Sweet potato, whats your take

This is the place where the bakers hang out. Cakes and breads abound.

Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » May 15th, 2017, 5:28 pm

I have to say while not disliking them I am also not over keen either, they seem a little to sweet to be a savoury & not sure on the texture either.
I bought a bag today as I use one in a hairy dieters recipe in which they are o/k but the rest I don't know ( cheaper to buy a bag than loose as they were huge)
Most recipes online add Honey which makes them even sweeter, I have tried them as chips but not good as far as I am concerned.
Do you use them, what do you think & do you have a favourite recipe to share
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » May 15th, 2017, 5:45 pm

I do like them, but only in certain ways
I certainly don't add honey, maple syrup or even marshmallows as many recipes do, :sprout: don't add sugar to parsnips either as often recommend, I don't find them noticeably sweeter than [eta parsnips!]
I used to prefer white flesh, but now I like the orange ones
Either baked in their jackets like ordinary spuds (but they take less cooking) or in wedges
I did wedges last night, tossed them with a smidge of olive oil, salt and pepper, paprika, garlic granules, onion powder (I often just use oil, paprika, and a ready made spice mix such as Cajun).
Spread in a single layer on a lightly oiled tray baked 35 minutes @ 195 C fan, turning once
They don't go crisp but they do get a nice crust

Wetherspoon's do a decent chickpea and sweet potato curry that I have done a version of successfully


Spice seems to be the way to go for my taste
Last edited by StokeySue on May 15th, 2017, 6:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby suffolk » May 15th, 2017, 5:48 pm

Baked like a jacket potato and a knob of butter and some black pepper mashed in ........ great with pork chops, gammon steaks, baked chicken joint etc :chops:
Image
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf
User avatar
suffolk
Registered
 
Posts: 34687
Joined: August 11th, 2010, 6:47 am
Location: East Anglia, surprisingly!

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Seatallan » May 15th, 2017, 5:51 pm

suffolk wrote:Baked like a jacket potato and a knob of butter and some black pepper mashed in ........ great with pork chops, gammon steaks, baked chicken joint etc


Seconded! :D :chops:
Food, Felines and Fells (in no particular order)
User avatar
Seatallan
Registered
 
Posts: 8469
Joined: April 1st, 2010, 3:28 pm
Location: Reading

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » May 15th, 2017, 5:54 pm

Yes, that's the sort of thing I put baked ones with too
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » May 15th, 2017, 6:31 pm

Thanks, I bought Gammon steaks today so I will give that a try
Terry
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby suffolk » May 15th, 2017, 7:03 pm

When you bake them put them in a dish, not straight onto the oven shelf, as they sometimes leak sticky juice
Image
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf
User avatar
suffolk
Registered
 
Posts: 34687
Joined: August 11th, 2010, 6:47 am
Location: East Anglia, surprisingly!

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Suelle » May 15th, 2017, 7:04 pm

I like them as part of a medley of roasted veg - sweet potatoes, squash, red onions, ordinary potatoes, peppers etc. I hardly ever eat them on their own - I think they are too sweet for my taste.
User avatar
Suelle
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 5041
Joined: March 30th, 2010, 6:19 pm
Location: Cambridgeshire

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Badger's mate » May 15th, 2017, 8:04 pm

It's funny, I did sweet potato wedges for the first time last week.

Otherwise baked or mash. I quite like sweet potato chips in pubs.

There's a great soup in the Acton & Sandler book Soup. (In truth there are several, but only one with sweet potatoes in!) Cooked with ginger, coconut & carrot, puréed and served with soy-roasted cashews in place of croutons. :drool:
User avatar
Badger's mate
Registered
 
Posts: 308
Joined: January 12th, 2017, 8:47 pm
Location: Ware

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby earthmaiden » May 15th, 2017, 10:01 pm

I agree with Suelle, roasted alongside squash etc, on their own or with cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup or ras el hanout sprinkled on them.. Also they make lovely soup with similar veg. Most people seem to like them baked or made into chips but I am not keen. They mash well with carrot and potato.
User avatar
earthmaiden
Registered
 
Posts: 8789
Joined: April 2nd, 2010, 8:36 pm
Location: Wiltshire. UK

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 16th, 2017, 11:48 am

I love sweet potato and buy them every week.. they are full of goodness. I roast them usually and put any leftovers into a soup ...I am liking the suggestions above ;) :tu: :chops:
No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
User avatar
PatsyMFagan
Registered
 
Posts: 6732
Joined: July 31st, 2010, 10:27 am
Location: Harefield, Uxbridge

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Herbidacious » May 16th, 2017, 1:29 pm

baked with lime and chilli butter?

Slices roasted can caramelize, which is very good indeed.
User avatar
Herbidacious
Registered
 
Posts: 3919
Joined: August 11th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Location: South East London, and occasionally Normandy

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby scullion » May 16th, 2017, 4:21 pm

you may find some suggestions here - or maybe someone can merge the threads?
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11095&hilit=tajine#p274002
User avatar
scullion
Registered
 
Posts: 11122
Joined: April 9th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Location: cornwall

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » May 22nd, 2017, 3:20 pm

O/k so I tried Roasting them, I mixed Thyme, Rosemary & Garlic with Olive Oil & seasoned,
I had them with a piece of Gammon, they were o/k nothing special, would I make them again,no
I just do not like the sweetness they give to a savoury dish which is perhaps why I also dislike Sweet & sour dishes
Terry
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Mamta » May 22nd, 2017, 4:45 pm

Yes, I do use them all the time, but not as a replacement for potatoes generally. Simply sliced in hald androasted with a very thin film og oil, they are lovely as a snack.
Sweet potato halva is very popular in north Indian Hindu families, especially on fasting days, for breaking the fast in the evening.
They are also nice boiled, peeled, cubed and served with Chat Masala and lemon juice dressing.
You can also make them into a milk pudding
I just love them :tu:
User avatar
Mamta
Registered
 
Posts: 3880
Joined: July 5th, 2010, 5:56 pm
Location: UK

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » May 22nd, 2017, 5:33 pm

I made a very nice veg soup - gammon stock, diced sweet potato, celery, carrot, leek; read lentils, hint of garlic
Really enjoying it
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Mamta » May 22nd, 2017, 9:40 pm

That sounds very interesting and filling soup Sue, though not vegtaian with a gammon stock ☺. I will try someting similar, depending upon what I can rummage around.
User avatar
Mamta
Registered
 
Posts: 3880
Joined: July 5th, 2010, 5:56 pm
Location: UK

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » May 22nd, 2017, 10:28 pm

Forgot to say I also finished with tiny dice of gammon
I think you would need to replace the salty umami flavour of the gammon with something perhaps miso or soy or even Maggi
I have tried to make a veggie version of my minestrone, but without the little bit of bacon or pancetta it lacks something so far.
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby EmWilk » May 22nd, 2017, 11:35 pm

I find that with sweet potatoes, they have to be with something spicy for me to enjoy them.

I've got a nice salad (?!) planned for tomorrow which has fried chorizo slices and spiced chickpeas, sauteed red peppers, roasted sweet potato cubes, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, parsley.... plenty of cumin, hot smoked paprika, lemon, etc.

Again, I could eat them with chilli or in a curry but, on their own or with something not spicy, they're just too.... well, sweet!
User avatar
EmWilk
Registered
 
Posts: 2325
Joined: April 25th, 2011, 10:16 pm
Location: Lancashire

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2017, 12:46 pm

Each time I have eaten them I haven't enjoyed them, far too sweet (funny that!) but I do like the idea of using them in a soup. Actually my mouth is watering at the thought!
They are a bit similar to butternut squash aren't they? Interesting looking enough to buy but when you do, what to do? Maybe the two combined with spice and coconut milk? Yum!
Christmas is upon us - yippee!
User avatar
TeresaFoodie
Registered
 
Posts: 1319
Joined: May 7th, 2017, 11:00 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby EmWilk » May 27th, 2017, 1:16 pm

I made a really nice bake actually based loosely on a HFW recipe. Thinly sliced sweet potato or bns, chilli, garlic, peanut butter, lime and coconut milk. Very nice. I guess a twist on a dauphinnoise.
User avatar
EmWilk
Registered
 
Posts: 2325
Joined: April 25th, 2011, 10:16 pm
Location: Lancashire

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Mamta » May 27th, 2017, 5:37 pm

Out of all the 100s of recipes, personally my favourite is sliced in half and roasted with a thin layer of butter . I love the sweetness, with the crispy skin on the outside.
Last edited by Mamta on May 27th, 2017, 8:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Mamta
Registered
 
Posts: 3880
Joined: July 5th, 2010, 5:56 pm
Location: UK

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2017, 8:20 pm

I made baked sweet potatoes once, put me off for life, far too sickly, not something that should be in a savoury meal IMO.
Christmas is upon us - yippee!
User avatar
TeresaFoodie
Registered
 
Posts: 1319
Joined: May 7th, 2017, 11:00 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Lokelani » May 31st, 2017, 6:35 pm

I cook them as treats for the dog! They're meant to be very nutritious and good for dogs with sensitive tummies. :lol:

Can't remember how I used to cook & eat them but I wasn't that impressed, too sweet I guess. Not sure I could eat them now, I'd feel like I was stealing the food out of my dog's mouth!!
User avatar
Lokelani
Registered
 
Posts: 1016
Joined: October 26th, 2010, 5:49 pm

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Mamta » May 31st, 2017, 6:53 pm

Do you feel the same way when you eat meat?? That is dog's main food after all!
This is a very strange thing to say about a food item loved by millions all over the world Lokelani. I don't get upset very easily, hardly ever, but this comment has made me feel annoyed, small, like i am eating dog food!
Last edited by Mamta on May 31st, 2017, 8:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Mamta
Registered
 
Posts: 3880
Joined: July 5th, 2010, 5:56 pm
Location: UK

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 31st, 2017, 8:27 pm

Mamta, we all know you don't eat dog food! Your food is glorious! I guess it is just personal taste, like human foods things that I would normally feed my cats i wouldn't dream of eating myself. Like mackerel. Not had it in ages but urgh, the though of eating it myself! I would much rather just give to the cats.

I notice a shop stall near me selling sweet potatoes. I may have to give them another just to see...
Christmas is upon us - yippee!
User avatar
TeresaFoodie
Registered
 
Posts: 1319
Joined: May 7th, 2017, 11:00 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby karadekoolaid » June 1st, 2017, 1:07 am

Lentils, onions, sambhar powder and sweet potatoes, with a squeeze of lemon before serving.
Cube, boil till just tender, then sauté in butter and panch puran spices.
I adore them baked - stuffed with blue cheese.
A typical Venezuelan stew ( which can easily be made vegetarian) is a "sancocho". Basically, loads of root veg ( yams, sweet potatoes, colocasia, potatoes, manioc, carrots, onions), sweet corn cobs and either fish or chicken. Cooked until tender.
" Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like Hell!"
User avatar
karadekoolaid
Registered
 
Posts: 4535
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 12:17 am
Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » June 1st, 2017, 6:27 pm

As already mentioned great in soups with some spice and sometimes with roasted root veg, but I find the texture to be an bit pappy sometimes. I do love crispy white potatoes especially roasted and chips. Cottage pie is nice topped with mashed sweet potato
Prettykiwicrazy
Registered
 
Posts: 1570
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 7:59 pm
Location: Devon

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby MagicMarmite » June 3rd, 2017, 12:01 pm

I love them baked with smoked mackerel pate
MagicMarmite
Registered
 
Posts: 850
Joined: May 14th, 2010, 3:22 pm

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby liketocook » June 4th, 2017, 5:25 pm

Sweet potato scones are lovely also good done as a "tattie scone". They also make a good rosti.
liketocook
Registered
 
Posts: 1396
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 5:05 pm
Location: south ayrshire - scotland

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Rocky » June 4th, 2017, 6:46 pm

EmWilk wrote:I made a really nice bake actually based loosely on a HFW recipe. Thinly sliced sweet potato or bns, chilli, garlic, peanut butter, lime and coconut milk. Very nice. I guess a twist on a dauphinnoise.


Like the sound of this. Do you have a recipe by any chance?
Rocky
Registered
 
Posts: 1865
Joined: August 12th, 2010, 1:16 pm
Location: Caribbean

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby EmWilk » June 4th, 2017, 7:17 pm

This is the HFW recipe Rocky... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/26/vegetable-recipes-fearnley-whittingstall

But I used bns instead as I had it and I swapped the cream for coconut milk (I just used the thick cream on top and then a bit of the watery milk to loosen the whole 'sauce' mix). Think I used fresh chilli instead of flakes and a bit of soy sauce too for saltiness.

Very very rich but nice for a change! We had ours with salmon fillets brushed with gochugang paste and some quickly pickled cucumber and carrot - random!
User avatar
EmWilk
Registered
 
Posts: 2325
Joined: April 25th, 2011, 10:16 pm
Location: Lancashire

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Lokelani » June 5th, 2017, 6:22 pm

Mamta wrote:Do you feel the same way when you eat meat?? That is dog's main food after all!
This is a very strange thing to say about a food item loved by millions all over the world Lokelani. I don't get upset very easily, hardly ever, but this comment has made me feel annoyed, small, like i am eating dog food!


Oh dear, I've only just seen this Mamta. I'm very sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. If I sounded dismissive of the sweet potato it is because I don't like its sweetness, same as I don't like parsnips (I feed them to my husband as he loves them!). I certainly did not mean to suggest it was only suitable for dogs, far from it really I was more extolling it's virtues as being good for dogs too, as that is a less known fact. Besides, my dog means the world to me, not having children, so I only give it to him as it is a bit of a superveg and he's had a lot of health problems. He can smell it when I'm cooking it & sits and guards the plate while it cools, hence my guilt if I ate it with his big brown pleading eyes on me!
User avatar
Lokelani
Registered
 
Posts: 1016
Joined: October 26th, 2010, 5:49 pm

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » June 5th, 2017, 8:35 pm

Got my Indian recipe folder out today where I store the lovely Mamtas recipes amongst others, the Chicken Bengali is out all time favourite.
However a;so there was this recipe which I must have made at some time but no idea what we thought of it, has anyone else tried it, I am sure Mamta will know of it
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/103 ... potato-pie
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby karadekoolaid » June 5th, 2017, 10:41 pm

Wow, Hicky... I`m not sure it`s Indian, or Middle Eastern, or anything, but it certainly looks well worth a try! I`ve got a block of phyllo pastry that needs using, and some sweet potatoes too. Perhaps that could be lunch tomorrow!!
" Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like Hell!"
User avatar
karadekoolaid
Registered
 
Posts: 4535
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 12:17 am
Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » June 6th, 2017, 6:39 am

karadekoolaid wrote:Wow, Hicky... I`m not sure it`s Indian, or Middle Eastern, or anything, but it certainly looks well worth a try! I`ve got a block of phyllo pastry that needs using, and some sweet potatoes too. Perhaps that could be lunch tomorrow!!

If you make it please let us know what you think,
I must admit it is a forgotten recipe I might have to revive myself
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » June 6th, 2017, 8:10 am

My guess is that the Indian pie is a (UK?) development of a samosa recipe, though those are usuallly made with ordinary spuds, not sweet potatoes, looks interesting
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby scullion » June 6th, 2017, 8:16 am

my first thought was big samosa, too.
User avatar
scullion
Registered
 
Posts: 11122
Joined: April 9th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Location: cornwall

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Hope » June 12th, 2017, 10:05 am

I love sweet potatoes.

Jackets, wedges, cut up with a whole load of other veg and roasted, pref with a spicy north african-style marinade, in curries, in cakes (like carrot cake, or Dan Lepard's ginger roots cake) etc. Just do not expect them to be anything like white potatoes.
Hope
Registered
 
Posts: 3806
Joined: August 8th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Zosherooney » June 25th, 2017, 11:23 pm

They go well with gammon :chops:
User avatar
Zosherooney
Registered
 
Posts: 9439
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 3:04 pm

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby karadekoolaid » June 26th, 2017, 1:27 am

...and a small dollop of sweet potato puree on a fresh ceviche is a touch of magic, believe me!
" Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like Hell!"
User avatar
karadekoolaid
Registered
 
Posts: 4535
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 12:17 am
Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Gruney » June 27th, 2017, 6:28 am

I very much like sweet potatoes and I very much like ceviche. Daft question - would you also chill the sweet potato, or have it warm?
Gruney
Registered
 
Posts: 1961
Joined: April 1st, 2010, 6:45 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby StokeySue » June 27th, 2017, 10:16 am

Had lovely sweet potato fries with guacamole on Friday,I suspect you need a really good deep fryer to make them that good.
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 17470
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby karadekoolaid » June 28th, 2017, 1:15 am

Gruney wrote:I very much like sweet potatoes and I very much like ceviche. Daft question - would you also chill the sweet potato, or have it warm?

I`d probably leave it at room temperature, although with the exceedingly hot weather, it might be good chilled.
" Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like Hell!"
User avatar
karadekoolaid
Registered
 
Posts: 4535
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 12:17 am
Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Gruney » June 28th, 2017, 6:49 am

Thanks very much Kkd - I had intended to make ceviche for my daughter next weekend, and you know what they can be like :lol:

Thanks again.
Gruney
Registered
 
Posts: 1961
Joined: April 1st, 2010, 6:45 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 29th, 2017, 10:43 am

That Indian Potato Pie looks simple to make but delicious. Thanks for sharing.
Christmas is upon us - yippee!
User avatar
TeresaFoodie
Registered
 
Posts: 1319
Joined: May 7th, 2017, 11:00 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » July 5th, 2017, 2:55 pm

Re the Indian Potato pie, got around to making today, so will try it tonight & report back

Image
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 5th, 2017, 4:01 pm

Looking forward to the pie report.
Christmas is upon us - yippee!
User avatar
TeresaFoodie
Registered
 
Posts: 1319
Joined: May 7th, 2017, 11:00 am

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby hickybank » July 5th, 2017, 4:21 pm

It was nice, Ann liked it a lot more than me.
It is huge so sufficient for another 4 meals.

Be nice at a BBQ as part of the meal rather than the main course.
We are having a family get together later this month I think it will go down well at that
Common sense is not so common
A brain is as strong as it's weakest think
User avatar
hickybank
Registered
 
Posts: 5014
Joined: August 2nd, 2010, 2:52 pm
Location: Coventry

Re: Sweet potato, whats your take

Postby Zosherooney » October 20th, 2017, 7:37 am

Resurecting as I bought one earlier this week and am looking for inspiration...
User avatar
Zosherooney
Registered
 
Posts: 9439
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 3:04 pm

Next

Return to The Bakers Oven

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest