Sweet potatoes have been brought by Columbus from his journey, originated from the island of Saint Thomas. There is a lot you can do to sweet potatoes, such as baking, boiling or microwaving. Anything you can do with a potato you can also do it with a sweet potato.
1. In their jackets
You can bake the potatoes in their jackets. All you have is to wash the potatoes and then cut off their ends. Make sure that you have preheated the oven, and then place the potatoes in it. You need to bake the potatoes for about 40-60 minutes. The time spent in the oven depends on the size of the potatoes and also the way you want them to be.
Before baking the potatoes, add some baking sheets as well. Remember that there is some sugar in the potatoes that could drip while baking and they can burn in the bottom of the oven.
2. Roast them
Another method to prepare sweet potatoes is to peel the potatoes and roast them with onions in the oven. Just as in the previous case, you have to keep the potatoes in the oven for about 40-60 minutes. To make the potatoes taste better, you should add some olive oil to them.
3. Boiling or steaming
You can steam or boil peeled or unpeeled potatoes. You can prepare the whole potatoes, or cut them in chunks. Depending on the size of the chunks, you might have to boil them for 5 minutes or even 30 minutes.
4. Plastic wrap
Another method of preparing sweet potatoes is to wrap them in a plastic wrap. Naturally first you should pick the potatoes with a fork. Then add the potatoes to the microwave for 10-15 minutes until they become tender. The majority of the microwaves have a potato setting, and this is the one that you should use.
5. Mashed potato
Just as in case of regular potato, you can prepare mashed potato using sweet potato as well. You just have to mash the potatoes and then add some butter and a bit of milk in order to achieve a smooth puree. To add some more taste, you could also add sugar, cloves, ginger or cinnamon. This meal isn’t difficult to prepare, because the well-cooked potatoes can be mashed easily, with the help of a fork.
Types of sweet potatoes
Although you might think that all sweet potatoes are the same, you should know that there are several different kinds. Most probably you can find the yellow and drier kind or the darker and sweeter one that in some cases is labeled as yam. You can choose any kind you would like to for any recipe, but make sure that you don’t blend the two because they need to be cooked for different amounts of time. The dried kind can be cooked faster than the other one that comes with more moisture.
You would be surprised to know that there are still a lot of people who didn’t manage to become amazed by the taste of sweet potatoes until now.