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The Many Ways to Serve Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 12:49 PM, Nov 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-21 16:38:34-05

TV personality and baker Tammi Arender made Roasted Sweet Potatoes. To place a cookie order on Tammi's online bakery, Taste of Tallulah go to https://www.facebook.com/tasteoftallulah/ . A portion of bakery sales go to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
INGREDIENTS

4 cups chopped peeled sweet potato

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or more to taste

2 Tablespoons of molasses (or honey if you prefer)

1 tsp of Tony Cachere’s Cajun seasoning (omit if you’re wanting to use these sweet potatoes in desserts like sweet potato pie or muffins).

1 tsp of Thyme (dried or fresh)

1 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp of cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste (go light on the salt as Tony Cachere’s has plenty of salt)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  1. Cover a baking sheet with foil. Cover with olive oil.
  1. In a small bowl mix molasses, balsamic vinegar, and spices.
  1. Put the cubed sweet potatoes in a large bowl and coat them with the molasses mixture.
  1. Place sweet potatoes on the sheet pan and make sure none are touching so they roast and don’t steam.
  1. Roast sweet potato mixture in preheated oven, turning frequently, until the vegetables are soft and golden brown, 25-30 minutes.

Uses for sweet potatoes:

Use the roasted sweet potatoes as a side dish or add to a salad. You can also turn these sweet potatoes into sweet potato puree (see recipe below).

I also use them in my Sweet Potato Cream cheese bread and my sweet potato sugar cookies (see recipe below).

SWEET POTATO PUREE

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs sweet potatoes, already roasted or boiled until tender (You can also use canned sweet potatoes but freshly roasted is best!)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of nutmeg

1/4 cup of brown sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

DIRECTIONS:

Transfer the warm sweet potatoes to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, slowly add the half-and-half, and spices. With the mixer still on low, add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until incorporated. Taste for seasonings and mix until smooth. Serve hot.

SWEET POTATO SUGAR COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups room temp butter

1/4 cup butter flavored shortening

1/3 cup softened cream cheese

1/4 cup sweet potato puree

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup sugar

1 egg room temp

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp orange zest

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking power

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp cream of tarter

1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

Cream together butter and shortening until smooth. Add sugar and sour cream. Add Sweet Potato Puree. Add egg. Then vanilla and orange zest. Mix together dry ingredients and slowly add to wet ingredients. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least two hours. After chilling, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 7-9 minutes (just until edges start to turn brown on the bottom).