You probably already know that the sweet potato is a classic southern food. You can find all sorts of southern food sweet potato recipes. Sweet potatoes are healthy, delicious, and versatile, so they can be used in many different sweet potato recipes and utilized in lots of ways.
One of the best ways to enjoy sweet potatoes is by simply baking them whole, in the skin. This can be done in the oven or in the microwave. To cook the tubers in the oven, place them on a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and bake at 400 until the sweet potatoes are soft. Depending on the size of the sweet potatoes you’re cooking, this will take from 45 minutes to an hour. In the microwave, cook sweet potatoes just as you would white potatoes. When the potatoes are done, serve with melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Candied sweet potato recipes are very popular, too, especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. These are often referred to as “candied yams.”
Most people also enjoy sweet potato soufflé, sweet potato casserole, and sweet potato pudding. These are similar dishes that contain mashed sweet potatoes, butter, eggs, cream, and/or spices. Some people add raisins, nuts, and/or pineapple. These concoctions are often topped with a crunchy nut coating or toasted marshmallows.
For a real treat and a healthier alternative to French fries and potato chips, try some fried sweet potatoes. To make crispy fried sweet potatoes, the tubers need to be sliced very thin. Fry just as you would French fries, home fries, or homemade potato chips. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with your favorite spices, brown sugar, and/or salt.
In the South, one of our favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes is in sweet potato pies. A sweet potato pie is made much the same as a pumpkin pie, and they have a similar taste and texture. Sweet potato pies, however, are usually just a little sweeter than traditional pumpkin pie.
Wait…we’re not quite done yet! Sweet potatoes can also be cooked on a grill. They first need to be peeled, then they can be sliced into planks, wedges, or circles. Brush the peeled, sliced tubers with olive oil before grilling, and make sure your grate is cleaned and oiled.