Preparation, Uses, & Tips
To prepare sweet potatoes, scrub them well with a vegetable brush.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Boil until tender--about 25 to 30 minutes. Boiled sweet potatoes can be mashed with butter or margarine and a small amount of orange juice for extra flavor. Or add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Julienne-cut sweet potatoes can be deep fried to make French fries.
Pierce the skin of each sweet potato in several places with a fork, and then bake for 15 minutes at 400F (220C), followed by 45 to 60 minutes more at 375F (190C). They should be placed on a baking tray since they produce a sticky syrup while baking. Sweet potato slices can also be layered with slices of apple and then topped with brown sugar and butter or margarine and baked in a covered casserole dish at 375F (190C) for about 30 minutes.
Pierce the skin in several places and bake whole potatoes on high for 5 to 9 minutes.
Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them lengthwise into 1/2 (1.25cm) inch thick slices. Grill until browned, about four minutes on each side. Serve grilled sweet potatoes brush with melted butter and brown sugar.
Pureed, boiled sweet potatoes--particularly the type known as yams--can be used in baked goods, and can replace pumpkin in pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. Sweet potato pie is a traditional dish in the southern United States. Finely diced sweet potatoes make good hash browns.
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