Quick and Simple Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potato (known as Kumala in Fiji, and Kumera in New Zealand), one of the most versatile of all the root vegetables. If you can cook with regular potatoes, then you can cook with these.
Nothing at all complicated or difficult with using them. So do try some of these simple recipes, I'm sure you will become a fan in no time.
If you are not used to using sweet potatoes in you cooking, then you will notice a few differences. For a start, the skin is
a little thicker and tougher than regular potatoes. The flesh is also drier. The different colors might be a little disconcerting as well.
There are so many different varieties to try. My favorite is the purple skinned ones. They have a creamy white flesh, with veins and blotches of purple
running through them.
The orange varieties tend to be a little sweeter, but I find they don't bake quite as well
as the purple ones. But that is just personal experience.
Mashed Sweet Potato
Mashed sweet potato is so much more flavoursome and colourful than boring old mashed potatoes, but is just as quick and easy.
- Boil or steam some chopped sweet potato until it's well-cooked and easily mashable.
- Start mashing it, and add some olive oil as you go, so that it gets the right consistency without being oily. If you prefer it lighter and smoother, add a little milk.
- Mash in some salt and plenty of chopped herbs. My favourites are coriander or oregano, but parsley and chives work well too.
And another variation:
- Cook sweet potato.
- Add enough milk to make it mashable, plus a small amount of soy sauce - no more than one teaspoon if you're cooking enough for 4 people.
- Mash together.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
This salad is so simple and easy, and makes a delicious side dish or light lunch.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Chop the sweet potato into chunks - the smaller they are the faster it'll cook.
- Put them on a baking tray and lightly coat them in olive oil. You can also sprinkle with finely chopped garlic.
- Bake for about half an hour.
- Mix together some lemon juice and just a little bit of olive oil, plus a few chopped garlic cloves (optional) and a small amount of curry powder.
- In a salad bowl, mix the sweet potato pieces with the lemon juice dressing and plenty of spinach, rocket or baby silverbeet leaves.
Campfire Sweet Potato
The simplest sweet potato recipe of all, and my favourite campfire dinner!
Wrap chunks of sweet potato in foil and bury them in hot coals. Leave for a while. Poke a stick through them to test if they're cooked.
Tropical Flavoured Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
- Chop sweet potato into small pieces.
- Heat up some coconut oil in a large saucepan, then add about 2 tablespoons of red curry paste.
- Let it sizzle for a minute, then add finely sliced onion.
- When the onion's looking cooked, add the sweet potato, a 400mL can of coconut milk and some finely chopped kaffir lime leaf and ginger.
- Simmer until the sweet potato is almost cooked. You'll probably need to add some water.
- At the end of cooking, stir in a can of chickpeas and some chopped garlic.
This is the basic recipe, but add whatever vegetables you like about 5 - 10 minutes before the sweet potato
is cooked through. I like adding broccoli, zuccini, carrot, peas and capsicum if they're in the fridge,
and to make it vibrantly colourful, red cabbage.
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