Despite the fact that I have never liked sweet potatoes I am giving it another go. The other day radishes got their second chance and surprisingly I loved them. With sweet potatoes it is a texture thing-so mushy. Today I prepared them four different ways. I would really appreciate any suggestions or links to recipes that are more savory and not a dessert.
Recipe #1: Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 sweet potato, cubed
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
These were beautiful when they came out of the oven and they smelled wonderful-kinda holidayish. I tasted them and they were just….eh. The flavor was great, the outside was slightly crunchy but they still had that mushy texture inside. (Sigh) Dipped one in sour cream-a little better-sriacha with sour cream-a lot better.
Recipe #2 – Blackened Sweet Potatoes With Chipotle Butter and Brown Sugar
I know I said savory and not sweet but figured the chipotle would balance everything out. I loved the blackened part with the flavors but when I got to the inside….mushy. I put some more butter and brown sugar and blasted it with the mini-blowtorch to create more crust. I ate those two layers of crunchy, butteriness and then (by force) made myself finish the potato….Bluuuck!
Ready to try again.
Recipe #3 – Savory Sweet Potato Croquettes
This time I tried something with a few more ingredients. By adding the panko crumbs I was hoping for a little more crunch. It worked. I could actually eat more than one of these. Next time (yes, there will be a next time) I am going to make them thinner so there will be even more crunchiness. The flavors were perfect so no need to make a sauce. Ate two!!
- 1 sweet potato, finely grated
- 1/3 cup seasoned panko crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
- ancho chile powder
- gralic powder
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Mix all ingredients together, shape into patties and fry in oil until browned.
Recipe #4 – Loaded Twice Baked Sweet Potato
This was the final recipe that I attempted. I baked the potato, cut it in half and scooped out the middle. Then I mixed the potato with butter, salt, pepper, garlic, green onion and cheese. It went back in the oven for about 15 minutes. When it came out it was topped with bacon (a couple of extra slices on the side) and a side of sour cream. I think I could do this occasionally.
The croquettes won this battle by a landslide. There are two left and we are having them for dinner.
Enjoy your day!