Purple Sweet Potatoes with Garnet Yams
It’s that time of the year when people cook sweet potatoes and yams. Did you know that even though the store sign says “Yams” we are really buying and eating sweet potatoes? This article from the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission gives some information about these nutritious vegetables.
I’ve been eating various kinds of sweet potatoes lately, including the Japanese Sweet Potato, Hawaiian Sweet Potato, Jewel Yam, Garnet Yam, Sweet Potato, and Purple Sweet Potato.
There are two easy ways to cook whole sweet potatoes. One is in the oven, the other in a slow cooker or crock pot.
First, I wash the sweet potatoes using a stiff brush and some liquid dish detergent. As you can see I make a variety of sweet potatoes all at once.
Washing Sweet Potatoes
I rinse the potatoes well and either put them on an ungreased baking pan or in a crock pot. There is no need to prick the potatoes with a fork before baking. In fact, pricking them will cause more of a mess because liquid from the potato will ooze out of the holes. (Potatoes from left to right on the baking sheet: Japanese Sweet Potato, Jewel Yam, Garnet Yam, Purple Sweet Potato, and Sweet Potato.)
Baking Sweet Potatoes
I bake the sweet potatoes in a preheated oven (350 to 375 degrees) for one hour. I turn the oven off and leave them in there for another hour (or longer if I’m busy). I peel whatever potatoes I’m using right then and put the rest of the potatoes (unpeeled) on a plate in the refrigerator to use in the next day or so.
If I’m using the slow cooker, I place the potatoes in the pot and place the lid on top. I cook these potatoes on low for at least 6 hours or until a knife easily pierces the potatoes.
Sweet Potatoes in Crock Pot
The softer varieties (orange or purple flesh) are great mashed with some apple juice, orange juice or crushed pineapple added. They make a nice color combination when served along side each other.
The firmer varieties (yellow or white flesh) can be cubed and added to soups, stews or stir-fry dishes. If the potatoes are cooked, add them to the end of the cooking time of whatever dish you are making.
I hope you will try a new variety of sweet potato this year. They are delicious and good for you!
For a couple of other recipes on my blog see: Baked Yam Slices and Quick and Easy Microwave Sweet Potatoes.