How Healthy is a Sweet Potato?
Sweet potatoes are versatile. They can be baked, boiled, roasted, fried, grilled, or microwaved. Once cooked, they can be stuffed, mashed, or pureed. They are perfect in stews, soups, bowls, salads, hash, muffins, and burritos and make appearances at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. In other words, the sweet potato offers variety to your dinner menu options.
Baking Enhances the Sweet Flavor
My favorite way is a plain baked sweet potato. I mean simple… no butter, no brown sugar, or syrup. Nadda, nil, nix, null, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo!
I mean naked! Even the skin is edible, which provides extra fiber. Place them directly on the rack, turn the oven to 400° and cook them in a non-pre-heated oven for 45 – 60 minutes, depending on the size. I do NOT prick them, although every recipe I see advises doing so. Pricking the potato can cause the precious sweet syrup to leak out. Try it both ways and determine what is best for you.
What Flavors and Ingredients Enhance Sweet Potatoes?
To enhance the sweet flavor, pair with any combination: of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maple syrup, honey, orange juice, or orange zest. Or look for salads and meats that contain these flavors in the ingredients or marinade. The sweet taste of the potato blends perfectly with savory ingredients. For instance, try pairing with rosemary, chipotle chiles, cumin, smoked paprika, or a nutty cheese such as gruyere or swiss in a sweet potato souffle.
Cooking and Storing Tips
What to do with Leftovers?
Make extra sweet potatoes to have leftovers for lunch or even a snack. Allow potatoes to cool on the counter and place them in the refrigerator for storage. Reheat in the microwave and eat plain or with your favorite topping. I love to drizzle Sriracha Sauce and tahini (butter made from sesame seeds) over the top. SOOOO GOOD!.