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not related to the ordinary potato, sweet potatoes
can be prepared and served in the same way. They have
a creamy flesh with a sweet flavour that is similar
to squash or roasted chestnuts. There are two main
types of sweet potato, red skinned with a white flesh
and brown skinned with a bright orange flesh. Sweet
potatoes are a staple food in the West Indies, Africa
and Asia and are increasingly popular in Western cuisines.
Choose firm sweet potatoes with undamaged skin.
How To Use Sweet Potato
potato can be served roasted, mashed or baked as
an accompanying vegetable or added to stews, soups,
curries, pasta dishes or vegetable bakes. Mashed
sweet potato makes a tasty alternative topping for
shepherd's pie or fish pie.
How To Prepare Sweet Potato
boiling, peel and cut into even-sized chunks. For
baking, scrub well and remove any fibrous roots.
How To Cook Sweet Potato
potatoes can be boiled, baked, roasted or microwaved.
To boil, bring a pan of water to the boil, add the
prepared chunks of sweet potato and cook for 15
- 20 minutes or until tender.
bake sweet potatoes, preheat the oven to 200°C,
gas mark 6. Prick the cleaned sweet potatoes several
times with a fork and place in the oven. Bake for
45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on their size, or
roast sweet potatoes, preheat the oven to 200°C,
gas mark 6. Par-boil prepared potato chunks for
5 minutes in boiling salted water. Add 150 ml olive
oil to a roasting tin and preheat in the oven for
5 minutes. Add the drained sweet potatoes to the
tin and coat in the oil. Roast for 30 - 45 minutes,
basting occasionally with the oil, until crunchy
and golden brown.
sweet potatoes in the same way as potatoes; wash
thoroughly then pierce the skins in several places
and cook on full power for approximately 8 - 10
minutes for a large sweet potato, or according to
the microwave oven manufacturers instructions.
Serve with soured cream and black pepper.
How To Store Sweet Potato
potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark, frost-free
and dry place, but not in the fridge. Remove sweet
potatoes from the plastic bag that they are usually
sold in and transfer to a brown paper bag if possible.
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