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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?   ( divider line
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2014-06-19 03:27:06 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:18:27 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:17:43 PM  
2 votes:
I treat yams and sweet potatoes the same insofar as I refuse to eat either.
2014-06-19 10:31:23 PM  
1 vote:

...bourbon-candied. Yep, like regular candied (diced, boiled briefly, drowned in a syrup of brown sugar, butter, and vanilla) with a healthy slug of bourbon in the sauce. Baked in glaze until the water and alcohol evaporates. Nom.

...sliced in thin rounds (slicing blade of food processor is great), tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and rosemary. Bake in a hot oven until they soak up the oil and get all soft and chewy round the edges. Nom nom.

...diced, with spinach and tofu in a masselman curry sauce, over quinoa or couscous. Nom nom nom.

...boiled whole (peeled) in West African style peanut sauce, alongside a nice chunk'o'cabbage and a carrot or two, served over rice or millet.

Not something we ate growing up, mom and dad hate 'em. Something I learned to love as an adult. A kitchen staple now.
2014-06-19 06:10:27 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2014-06-19 05:38:42 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:21:08 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:07:09 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:03:30 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:22:53 PM  
1 vote:
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 chile lime sweet potatoes!

Nom nom nom...
2014-06-19 03:40:43 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:37:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:18:47 PM  
1 vote:
They're not the same thing?
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