Sweet Potato Cookery

Delicious and good for you! Who doesn't love sweet potatoes?

By FamilyTime


Rich and sweet with dense texture and an enticing aroma that fills the kitchen, sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious. Plus, they are good for you!

Two Kinds of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, native to the Western Hemisphere, may have beige skin and yellow flesh or dark red-to-brown skin and deep orange flesh. The latter is the more familiar sweet potato -- and one many cooks call "yams."

True yams are unlike these sweet potatoes and in fact are an entirely different species, grown in much of the semi-tropical and tropical world but not in the United States.

Light-skinned sweet potatoes are a little drier and less sweet than dark-skinned potatoes (yams). They also are less available in most regions of the country.

Choose sweet potatoes that are firm, unblemished, and without cracks in the skin. Use them within a week of purchase. Until you cook them, store them at cool room temperature - not in the refrigerator.

Four medium-sized potatoes weigh about one-and-a-half pounds and will serve six to eight people as a side dish.

For Your Health
Either kind of sweet potato is good for you. They are a low-fat source of Vitamin E and of dietary antioxidants. One sweet potato more than meets an adult's carotene needs. For these reasons, sweet potatoes are good for heart health.

Sweet Potato Dishes
Many Americans only know the classic holiday weet potato casserole made from canned sweet potatoes (often labeled "yams" on the can), brown sugar, and marshmallows.

There are many other ways to serve sweet potatoes, one more delicious than the next.

Sweet potatoes can be baked similarly to white potatoes and served piping hot with butter and maple syrup. They can be peeled after baking and mashed or cubed, mixed with butter, nutmeg, and salt and pepper and served as a side dish.

Try mixing mashed sweet potatoes in a casserole with mashed white potatoes and grated apples. Add some butter and cream and serve this nice and hot.

Chunks of sweet potatoes can be added to soups and stews. Cubes or slices can be glazed with brown sugar or maple syrup and baked for a lovely casserole.

Sweet potatoes marry well with fruit. Try them flavored with apricot preserves, orange juice, or apples. When paired with maple syrup, they taste better than ever - not cloyingly sweet as you might imagine.

Sweet potato flesh is often sweetened further and used to make pie filling, similar to pumpkin pie.