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(Some Food Nut)   Fark Food Thread: Are sweet potatoes and yams only fall foods or do you work with them all year? Do you treat yams and sweet potatoes as the same thing or make different dishes with each?   (tastespotting.com) divider line 91
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2014-06-19 03:17:43 PM
I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.
 
2014-06-19 03:18:27 PM
i made a huge pot of sweet potato and red lentil curry earlier this week and have been enjoying the leftovers every day.

i include sweet potatoes in any roasted root veggie dishes i make.

sweet pots are in my regular, don't-need-a-grocery-list, go-to-in-my-head bundle of things to pick up every week.
 
2014-06-19 03:18:47 PM
They're not the same thing?
 
2014-06-19 03:19:01 PM
I try stick with locally sourced veggies and fruits so not all year. I treat them the same unless it's a new recipe then I'll use whichever is specified.
 
2014-06-19 03:20:39 PM

Professor Wormbog: i made a huge pot of sweet potato and red lentil curry earlier this week and have been enjoying the leftovers every day.

i include sweet potatoes in any roasted root veggie dishes i make.

sweet pots are in my regular, don't-need-a-grocery-list, go-to-in-my-head bundle of things to pick up every week.


I like your foods.
 
2014-06-19 03:21:25 PM

Professor Wormbog: i made a huge pot of sweet potato and red lentil curry earlier this week and have been enjoying the leftovers every day.

i include sweet potatoes in any roasted root veggie dishes i make.

sweet pots are in my regular, don't-need-a-grocery-list, go-to-in-my-head bundle of things to pick up every week.


You sound crunchy..
 
2014-06-19 03:22:14 PM
I think Sweet Potatoes are South American in origin and yams are African in origin, so they shouldn't be the same at all.
 
2014-06-19 03:22:36 PM
I have never had a sweet potato in my life.
 
2014-06-19 03:24:59 PM

Tumb tack: Professor Wormbog: i made a huge pot of sweet potato and red lentil curry earlier this week and have been enjoying the leftovers every day.

i include sweet potatoes in any roasted root veggie dishes i make.

sweet pots are in my regular, don't-need-a-grocery-list, go-to-in-my-head bundle of things to pick up every week.

You sound crunchy..


you sound soft and round.
 
2014-06-19 03:27:06 PM
In China, for street food, vendors would cook yams and corn on a barrel or a big pot filled with charcoal. The whole thing would get roasted until the outside is a biatcharred, but the inside is soft and moist, sweet and delicious.

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2014-06-19 03:37:49 PM
I am of the opinion that roasted sweet potatoes are preferable to roasted potatoes as a side dish.

/and by "of the opinion" I mean "I'm right"
//just a little butter, salt and pepper. Maybe a little sprinkle of brown sugar
 
2014-06-19 03:40:43 PM
I'd kill maim injure kick tickle until breathlessly dizzy and nauseous everyone in this thread for some sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.
 
2014-06-19 04:01:57 PM

Lucky LaRue: I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.


This. Disgusting foods.

/love me some real spuds tho
 
2014-06-19 04:22:53 PM
I'll cut up 3-4 sweet potatoes, put them in the slow cooker, top them w/ green chile salsa & set on high for 3 hrs. After 3 hrs, mix in cilantro, onion, garlic powder, cumin & at the very end, squeeze the juice of 3 limes together.

And there you have it...green chile lime sweet potatoes!

Nom nom nom...
 
2014-06-19 05:03:30 PM
Bake. Eat with nothing on it, skin included. YUM
Slice into thick rounds, put on Shake and Bake and roast along with chicken or pork chops. YUM
Cut into wedges, salt, garlic powder and a little Lawry's seasoning. Bake in oven. Homemade sweet potato fries. YUM
 
2014-06-19 05:05:57 PM

LlamaGirl: I have never had a sweet potato in my life.


I got no use for them in my kitchen.
And I've had them 6 ways from Sunday.
And If I see "Fresh Hand Cut Sweet Potato Fries" On your farking menu, I am getting up and taking my business elsewhere, I don't care how hungry I am.
 
2014-06-19 05:07:09 PM
Slice them up, rub them with salt, pepper, and olive oil, then throw them on the grill until soft and slightly charred.  If you're feeling fancy, when they're off the grill mash them up with some cilantro and lime juice, or your flavorings of choice.  Yum.
 
2014-06-19 05:07:40 PM
A tbone and a twice baked sweet tater. Butter is a must, brown sugar is optional
 
2014-06-19 05:08:19 PM

ciderczar: They're not the same thing?


ya, i thought they were the same too
 
2014-06-19 05:10:42 PM
Bring on the recipes. My husband and I both love them.
 
2014-06-19 05:11:06 PM

enry: Lucky LaRue: I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.

This. Disgusting foods.

/love me some real spuds tho


see some folks are really missing out

the pinnacle of the sweet potato:
img.fark.net
/nearly every day
/just finished one for lunch in fact
/only know this as "japanese" sweet potato, not sure the proper name and too lazy to find out
/that's right, a fourth slashie.  cause these are that good
 
2014-06-19 05:12:04 PM
If you like them and can get them any time of the year, why would you limit it? Mash 'em up with cinnamon and a little sugar. Tasty. Goes well with some flavors of BBQ.
 
2014-06-19 05:14:20 PM
They look the same coming back up.
 
2014-06-19 05:15:23 PM

Dead Bronco: They look the same coming back up.


And coming out
 
2014-06-19 05:16:42 PM

ciderczar: They're not the same thing?


I know of two definitions of "yam":

1) Sweet potato

2) An African starchy vegetable that has be prepared properly to remove the toxins.  Slaves brought to the Americans from Africa called the new world sweet potatoes "yams" after this plant.

Apparently this article is using a third definition that is not either of these things.
 
2014-06-19 05:18:23 PM
For whatever reason yes, they are mostly fall foods for me.

Other than sweet potato fries maybe I don't go for yams or sweet potatoes.  I usually bake them so I hate using the oven in the summer.

Now im craving yams....
 
2014-06-19 05:21:08 PM
Now this is one time where I don't have a lot to contribute.  I only have one go-to recipe and yes, it's a holiday thing.  I'm going to keep a close eye on the thread and hopefully pick up a lot of suggestions.

Tropical Candied Yams

5 - 6 medium-large yams, peeled and sliced into 2" discs
1 pineapple, peeled and sliced into 1" rings
1 C. orange juice
1 C. papaya juice
1 C. pineapple juice

Cook down the fruit juices until less than half its original volume and thick and syrupy
In an oven safe stone or ceramic pot place a ladleful of syrup
Layer yams, pineapples and syrup
Cover and bake 45 min at 350 deg F

This can also be done in a slow cooker while you do the rest of your holiday prep, but it doesn't get that sticky gooey to the syrup
 
2014-06-19 05:22:18 PM

Lucky LaRue: I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.


Agreed. I hate those mushy things.
 
2014-06-19 05:25:03 PM

pkellmey: If you like them and can get them any time of the year, why would you limit it? Mash 'em up with cinnamon and a little sugar. Tasty. Goes well with some flavors of BBQ.


I make sweet potato pie, but only in the fall.  Every bit as good as pumpkin pie.
 
2014-06-19 05:28:41 PM

LlamaGirl: I have never had a sweet potato in my life.


I was thinking the same thing.

Either that's the case, or as iPhone defined Yam as 3. Sweet potato.

Boil in water with a pinch of sugar.
Once you came poke through it, means it's done.
Drain, serve as a sole snack (nothing else). Peel with fingers and munch.

/wait until they cool down
//choose a show you like, yer not touching the remote with all that starch on your hands.
///sweet-toothed slashies
 
2014-06-19 05:28:45 PM
I had no idea they were different. A friend makes a sweet potato dish for our annual Turkey Day feast that's so good you'd be tempted to skip the bird etc and just gorge on the sweet potatoes.

And, of course, sweet potato fries are  better than the stuff made with regular spuds.
 
2014-06-19 05:28:59 PM
Yams are the mutant hybrid of satan's asshole and god's spunk.  Sweet potatoes fall just after bacon and coffee and slightly ahead of pan fried rib eye.
 
2014-06-19 05:31:40 PM
As an indignant ethnobotanist, I have to object to this whole discussion.  Yams, properly called, are a completely different plant than sweet potatoes.  Colloquially, and in many supermarkets around the US, what are known as yams in the Americas are sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes are a part of the Convolvulaceae family - like morning glories.  Yams, properly called, are a part of the Dioscoraceae family, like arrowroot.  They have completely different flavors and chemical makeup - yams, for instance, are high in estrogenic compounds and are useful for numerous ailments in women.  Sweet potatoes make you fat.  This confusion only leads to babble.
 
2014-06-19 05:31:47 PM
I have roasted sweet potatoes with breakfast almost every day. Scrub em, cut them into half-inch chunks and roast them with a few tablespoons of coconut oil in an iron skillet in a 450 degree oven for a half hour or so. Give them a stir every ten minutes. 

Shake on some Tony's and thank God on high you read FARK this day.
 
2014-06-19 05:32:03 PM
Roasted sweet potatoes are awesome.
www.ncsweetpotatoes.com
 
2014-06-19 05:36:19 PM
Roasted sweet potatoes go with nearly everything and are especially tasty with dark greens, I also have a fondness for savory sweet potato fries. I don't know what the fark to do with yams.
 
2014-06-19 05:36:36 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Yams are the mutant hybrid of satan's asshole and god's spunk.  Sweet potatoes fall just after bacon and coffee and slightly ahead of pan fried rib eye.



Okay, I like sweet potatoes, but no need to go crazy.

And no, it's not slightly ahead of chuck eye, either.

/a sweet potato without anything on it is far better than a regular potato without anything on it, though. A baked regular potato exists as a blank canvas to put sour cream and bacon bits on.
 
2014-06-19 05:37:07 PM
they are staples
 
2014-06-19 05:38:42 PM
Love love love sweet potatoes, and they're something I always have in the house. Sometimes I dice them and roast them, sometimes cook them on the stove top in a sort of hash.

I love making a baked sweet potato and eating it as you would a regular baked potato. Just rub the skin with some olive oil or butter, and season with chili powder and cumin...nomnomnom! Top with whatever you like. Cheese, sautéed veggies, meat, chili, whatever.
 
2014-06-19 05:40:11 PM
I've spent way to much time trying to figure out what the difference between a sweet potato and a yam is because the grocery stores in my area don't know the difference either. I finally figured out that anything the stores claim to be a yam is, in fact, a sweet potato.

I used to peel them and eat them raw (not a big fan of the texture of baked), but I have since decided they weren't worth the carbs.
 
2014-06-19 05:44:21 PM
Here's a quiz for those that might not know the difference.
 
2014-06-19 05:44:35 PM
Yams aren't sweet potatoes, except insofar as I have no real desire to eat either.

My wife, on the other hand, will eat sweet potatoes not just in the fall, but spring, summer and winter, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  She dislikes and will not patronize restaurants that don't offer sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries.

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2014-06-19 05:46:51 PM

Snarfangel: Roasted sweet potatoes are awesome.
[www.ncsweetpotatoes.com image 423x284]


Also, easiest high nutrition baby food. I baked them like that for my kids. Mushy when they were tiny and cubed for toddler food.
I put yams in muffins too.
Sometimes I fry them in butter with onion and put parmesean and black pepper on top.
 
2014-06-19 05:52:13 PM
It's been a global food world for a while now subs, unless you're talking about eating locally grown.

Baked, with a little butter. Can't stand the too sweet fixins'.
 
2014-06-19 05:52:33 PM
They are equally disgusting with an evil mouth-feel.
 
2014-06-19 05:56:14 PM

lindalouwho: It's been a global food world for a while now subs, unless you're talking about eating locally grown.

Baked, with a little butter. Can't stand the too sweet fixins'.


Bake them whole in the oven. When they start to cool, slice skin and put chunk of real butter on them. Perfect!
Wham, bam, thank you yam!
 
2014-06-19 06:01:16 PM

inner ted: enry: Lucky LaRue: I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.

This. Disgusting foods.

/love me some real spuds tho

see some folks are really missing out

the pinnacle of the sweet potato:
[img.fark.net image 259x194]
/nearly every day
/just finished one for lunch in fact
/only know this as "japanese" sweet potato, not sure the proper name and too lazy to find out
/that's right, a fourth slashie.  cause these are that good


Purple skin, nearly white flesh and a subtle perfume aroma. I know those well but can't place the name.

There is a Hawaiian/Japanese produce market in my town that carries at least six varieties of sweet potatoes, including those. I'll have to stop in again sometime and note them down.
 
2014-06-19 06:04:40 PM
The wife preferrs sweet potatoes, so yams not so much.
coat with olive oil and place off to the side when grilling so it doesn't char too much
coat with olive oil, wrap in foil and keep it in the heat when grilling (smaller ones anyway)
cut into 3/8-1/2" slabs, lightly cover with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and grill. They are done when a fork easily pierces them, about 5-6 min/side

also good in curry as stated above. We usually have some on stand by for slaughtering...
 
2014-06-19 06:06:42 PM

flondrix: ciderczar: They're not the same thing?

I know of two definitions of "yam":

1) Sweet potato

2) An African starchy vegetable that has be prepared properly to remove the toxins.  Slaves brought to the Americans from Africa called the new world sweet potatoes "yams" after this plant.

Apparently this article is using a third definition that is not either of these things.


Yam in the American sense usually refers to Carolina sweet potatoes, and then mostly the Jewel sweet potato are the ones usually referred to as just sweet potatoes. My mom was from Idaho and was just nuts about having sweet potatoes and not yams, she hated yams with a passion but loved sweet potatoes.

/Also there are Japanese Sweet potatoes that come in white, orange and purple, but I've never actually seen them in the U.S.
 
2014-06-19 06:10:27 PM
I love sweet potatoes. My wife hates them, as she hates all combinations of sweet & savory, and all sweet foods that are not served strictly as a dessert. And, yes, that food preference of hers really, really sucks.

Anyway, when we were first introducing my infant son to table foods, we were buying and steaming sweet potatoes for him, which he absolutely loved. Around this time, my son, daughter (she was 3), my wife and I all got the flu. My wife wanted me to whip up a healthy, illness-fighting soup with whatever we had on hand. I did a chicken-broth based soup, with extra virgin olive oil, carrots, rice (to combat diarrhea), sweet potatoes, onions, many cloves of garlic (fights cold/flu like nothing else), a copious amount of Italian parsley (parsley as a green is more nutritious than spinach or even kale, look it up), a good heaping spoon of turmeric (super antioxidant/anti-inflammatory/ medicinal wonder-spice), and lots of black pepper (the piperine aides absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric). Not only was the soup absolutely delicious -- turmeric and sweet potatoes work really well together somehow -- but everyone felt better for several hours after eating it. Now, any time our family gets sick, my wife insists that I make my "illness-buster" soup.
 
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