Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a great source for vitamin C and manganese. Sweet potatoes are also good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Here is a couple of things to do with them. Will they be growing in your garden this year?

Sweet Potato Fries
2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled
Salt, olive oil, as needed
Cut sweet potatoes into wedges about ½ inch thick. Spread wedges on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 425° for 30-40 minutes, turning wedges over twice during cooking. Watch carefully toward end of cooking time. Wedges can burn quickly.

Sweet Potato Bread

1 sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1 cup milk
2 T. honey
1 T. unsalted butter, diced
1 T. olive oil
2 teaspoons salt, divided
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup potato flakes
2-½ tsp. dry active yeast
2 T. granulated sugar, divided
2 eggs 
Dissolve yeast with 1 tsp. sugar and milk. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine mashed sweet potato, butter, honey, and 1 tsp. salt. Add yeast mixture and mix well.
In a large bowl, combine potato flakes, flour, and 1 tsp. salt. Set aside. Whisk the eggs and the rest of the sugar together for 2 minutes.

In a bowl, combine sweet potato mixture, yeast mixture, eggs. Gradually add flour until just combined.
On a lightly floured surface, knead for about 5 minutes, or until it is a smooth dough. Place dough in an oiled bowl. Brush bread lightly with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until double in size, about 1½ hours.

Punch dough down and divide dough into 8 balls. Place them on a greased 9x13 pan. Brush dough with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand for about 30 minutes.
Bake the dinner rolls for 5 minutes at 375°F, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for another 25 minutes. Cool slightly and then transfer to cooling racks.


Anonymous said...

Has anyone had luck growing these indoors or in containers?
Our growing season is too short and too cool for them outside.

Any help appreciated. Thanks :)


Darla said...

We love sweet potato fries!!

Linda said...

I am going to try to grow them in a container this year. I will do a post on this soon. So you have tried to grow them and it didn't turn out?

Linda said...

Darla, we love them too! My boys love them with fry sauce too.

Amanda said...

Mmmm!I LOVE sweet potatoes. i have a good recipe for a meetless-loaf that has sweet potato in it! I'll send it your way!


Linda said...

Thanks Amanda! That sounds so good!