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Eating from the Garden #4: Sweet Potatoes

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Blog entry by Harold and Pam posted 02-20-2011 05:44 AM 901 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When you buy sweet potatoes from the store, they are generally large in size and you get to select the ones you want. When you pull them out of the ground, each one is a surprise in both size and shape. So while the big ones are easy to bake or to peel(should you want to mash) them for dinner; the small one present a challenge. Then one day I thought “why not cook them like I do regular white fingerling potatoes.”

These really came out great and very easy to make. I simply slice them thin (about 1/8 to ¼ inch thick) I cook them in a pan of oil and butter until they become tender – about 10 – 15 mins. Once they are nice and tender, I turn the burner off and add brown sugar and stir until the sugar has melted and mixed with the ‘taters. Of course a little salt and pepper works too.


Sliced and ready for the pan. The red folgers container in the background is what we use to hold all the peelings and scraps that eventually go to the compost bin.


Look’n good!!!

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl



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posted 02-20-2011 06:11 AM

Yum! Those do look good! I prefer mine w/o the brown sugar…just alittle salt pepper and butter. Good eating.

Looks like you got a good crop. :)

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posted 02-20-2011 09:34 AM

That’s a good recipe of sweet potatos. Try roasting them whole with skin and enjoy the taste.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-20-2011 10:44 AM

that does look good!!
Too bad Rick doesn’t like sweet potatoes.. sigh..

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 02-20-2011 04:49 PM

Looks very good. Maybe not for my cholesterol, but good for my tummy.

They are excellent in pies too. Just ask Pres Obama. He LOVES sweet potato pie. Did I ever post the recipe for his favourite SP pie?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-21-2011 02:50 PM

Debbie, I would like to grow sweet potatoes too, but I am the only one in this house who enjoys eating them. Nice looking crop you grew, Pam and Harold.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-21-2011 03:25 PM

Make some sweet potato pie, and there will be more in your household enjoying it. :)

When I was young, I did not particularly like it either. One gets accustomed to new flavours when one repeats wholesome food often enough. Acutally, we have sweet potatoes that we are going to be having for dinner tonight with our roast.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-21-2011 03:27 PM

Debbie and Robin… as for your “pick family,” try this strategy – “you can eat them now for dinner or cold in the morning for breakfast!” Amazing how well this worked in my house. Even at a young age, my kids ate every thing (some slower then others) including liver. I remember once when picking my kids up from school on a day that the school had asked the kids to bring food for everyone to sample – Ethnic Food Day. When I picked them up, several teacher told me how surprised they were as my kids were the only ones that tried everything. I guess they were in 3rd and 7th grade.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-21-2011 10:13 PM

I had no problems getting the kids to try new things … my 67-year old is a whole new ballgame. He’d go all day without eating so that’s not a problem and as for taste-testing.. when I first met him he didn’t try anything that he had never had before. But I can get him to try new things at least once. But sweet potatoes fall into the category of “old things” that he doesn’t like. Just because. (Shaking my head)

Oh well …

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-22-2011 03:23 AM

Ms P doesn’t that just frustrate you?? To know that something taste so wonderful and someone at the table wouldn’t even try it. I guess I simply enjoy eating far too much to limit my taste buds. I often will go into a restaurant and tell the waiter “surprise me.”

For me, experimenting with new and old foods came AFTER I left the house. My mom was not a good cook to say the least. I grew up on TV dinners for the most part and her idea of seasons was salt and pepper. However she would get a little wild now and then and use pepper and salt!! With few exceptions, I have little in my house that is processed – it’s almost 100% fresh – the way God intended.

So I guess in your house, you don’t have to share the sweet potatoes!
Harold

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-22-2011 10:16 PM

I just don’t make them (sweet potatoes)—I guess I’m too lazy to make 2 items when we would both eat plain old less-nutritional white ones.. sigh.

I love the “surprise me” idea.. I’m going to try that “surprise me with anything except liver” :)

Chuckling at the pepper and salt. We ate well (as kids) – really lucky – but i don’t remember anything but salt and pepper being put on anything. Butter, there was always lots of butter available for veggies etc, and salt and pepper. Delicious, though.

I just went “to the big city” (that’s so funny) for a big shopping outing (still chuckling – I’ve turned into a country hick that doesn’t go anywhere)—and I picked up a few specialty items and then put them back saying that I’d make them instead. I did, however, bring home a package of perogies because there were on special. (Interesting that I bought these, since also won’t eat perogies. Doesn’t like them. But some days when he is out hunting or something, I can make them for my lunch.)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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