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Sweet potatoes - can you help me like them?

24 replies

Highlove · 11/10/2016 17:34

DH and DD love them. I find them too...sweet. Because of my failure to shop and plan effectively, I now have a bloody sack load. So...any good ideas to help me use them up and actually enjoy them?

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Soyouare2faced · 11/10/2016 17:36

I use them to stuff peppers and just cheese with other bits. Always go down a treat Smile

SheldonsSpot · 11/10/2016 17:37

How about doing loaded potato skins using soft cheese, chives and bacon bits/pancetta. The salt of bacon and the cream of the cheese should tone down the sweetness for you.

GetAHaircutCarl · 11/10/2016 17:38

Chicken Cossima (a Nigella recipe).
Chicken thighs cooked in coconut milk (with spices etc) with chick peas and sweet potato.

My family are fans.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es · 11/10/2016 17:41

I feel your pain, I hate their horrible, cloying sweetness, strong flavours to disguise it is the way to go. Soup with curry spices, lots of ginger, garlic, coriander, etc Thai style, or cumin and coriander seeds.

dontpokethebear · 11/10/2016 17:47

Sweet potato fries.

Cut as thin as you can be bothered, soak in water for an hour. Drain and pat dry.
Sift over a tbsp of cornflour, mix, couple tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp garlic salt, tsp chilli, tsp mixed herbs. Mix and bung in the oven for 20 mins.

When done, turn off oven but leave fries in whilst you dish up whatever you're having with them. This is when they crisp up!

chocomochi · 11/10/2016 17:47

Butternut squash and sweet potato soup.

Sweet potato chips.

Roast with chicken and other veggies.

Highlove · 12/10/2016 08:10

Thanks for these, some great ideas.

Will definitely try those fries later in the week dontpoke - I make wedges for DD often but they're always too sweet and never crispy enough for me.

Whoknows - agree that hiding the flavour is the way forward!

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oldlaundbooth · 13/10/2016 19:54

Do mash but half and half with normal spuds.

qwom · 13/10/2016 19:57

Try mccains sweet potato fries if you can find them - highly recommended!

4merlyknownasSHD · 14/10/2016 10:11

Don't do mash half-and-half! Sorry Oldlaundbooth, but it spoils the proper potato. The only way I have found them OK to eat is something my wife did with pine nuts and feta cheese. Otherwise they are just over-sweet mush.
I agree with qworn, buy McCains Sweet Potato Fries to feed to the rest of the family, then you don't need to have them yourself.
You could try a raw sweet potato salad. I don't know what it is like, but it looks as if it might be good (and anything has to be better than cooked SP).

Highlove · 14/10/2016 10:20

Pine nuts and feta sounds nice - I guess the salt takes off the sweetness. can I just leave out the SP

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ggirl · 14/10/2016 10:22

totally agree , they are too sweet for me as well

Weedsnseeds1 · 15/10/2016 09:56

Curry? Go the other direction and use them in a dessert pumpkin pie style where maybe the sweetness is a positive rather than a negative? Spiced soup? If you ever see them the white fleshed one's are much nicer than orange, not as sweet and not as wet, more like chestnuts in flavour and texture

J0kersSmile · 15/10/2016 09:59

Nepalese chopped potato using sweet potatoes instead of white.

Boil the potatoes,

Fry onions, ginger, garlic, chilli's, coriander and a load of garam masala.

Mix the cooked pots and the onion mix,

Make a gloop of plain flour, water and garam masala. Make balls of the pot mix, dip in the gloop then bread crumbs and fry them.

Honestly it's amazing.

PaperdollCartoon · 15/10/2016 10:04

I taught myself to like them as well so I get where you are!. I like them mashed on top of cottage pie, or mashed with carrot is good too. Chopped and roasted with other veg and served with cous cous is good, maybe with feta. Baked with bean chilli is good. I think having them with more deeply savoury things helps. I couldn't stand them a half and a half ago and now love them, so do persevere!

Chelsea26 · 15/10/2016 10:12

Cut into cubes and roast them with some onions and peppers with Cajun spices, once out add cous cous and stock to the roasting pan, stir and cover for 5 mins while you grill halloumi - mix together with a splash of peri peri sauce!

NoahVale · 15/10/2016 10:20

mix with butter beans and coconut milk, and other ingredients , to make a delicious korma
or have with brown lentils and carrots and spices, lovely

NoahVale · 15/10/2016 10:22

if you want to know full spices for above menu, i will look up

MarvinKMooney · 15/10/2016 10:24

I roast them sprinkled with salt and smoked paprika. I find that tones down the sweetness a bit.

ShmackAttack · 15/10/2016 10:26

Try Jamie Oliver's veggie chilli you use spiced roasted sweet potato in it and its lovely and disguises sweetness

NoahVale · 15/10/2016 10:36

most root vegetables become sweeter when roasted, so you dont need to roast sweet potatoes as they are sweet anyway, imo

pinkpanda101 · 15/10/2016 19:55

Fabulous in a Thai red curry, with coconut milk and red curry paste.

FrameyMcFrame · 15/10/2016 19:57

Yuk I also hate them.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 15/10/2016 20:16

I love them. Best things to do with them imho are:

Veggie shepherds pie using sweet potato mash, with lots of gravy

Roasted and mashed and used to stuff qaesadillas alongside peppers, chilli, coriander, cheese

Baked in their jackets and served with mango salsa and soured cream

In a curry with chickpeas and spinach

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