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Old 28-04-2012, 12:34
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I've never had sweet potatoes...........

Anyway, they were going cheap at sainsbury today so i bought a pack of 3 for a quid

Couple of questions.................

Do I need to peel them ? I don't peel ordinary potatoes, just wash 'em, cut 'em up., boil 'em and mash 'em

If i cut them up into say inch cubes how long to cook ? (boil)

and finally...........I might make a lentil and veg curry with all my bits of veg I've got lying around...........if I put this in a curry will it just dissolve or keep it's shape ?

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Old 28-04-2012, 12:38
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Yes peel them. If youboil them only boil for 5 minutes,or so...they don't take,as long as normal spuds. I've never put them in a curry before so can't answer that. I tend to roast or mash them.
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Old 28-04-2012, 12:53
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I never peel them, only wash.
And usually I just roast them in a hot oven. They don't need long and no, they don't hold their shape very well, so don't cut them too small.
I think they work well in a curry.
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Old 28-04-2012, 14:00
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If I'm doing mash, I peel them. If I'm roasting them, I don't. They cook quicker than normal pots, no need to parboil. It's nice to cut them length ways, skin on, and bake them. The flesh goes so soft you can spoon it out. Lovely with roast chicken.
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Old 28-04-2012, 14:49
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Great in a curry, especially with lentils or other pulses. If you've chunked them they will keep their shape.
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Old 28-04-2012, 15:09
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They work well roasted wrapped in foil then a knob of butter when split open. They also make lovely wedges baked. Basically they behave pretty much as a potato but they do cook quicker.
My favourite way is to cut them into thick discs and roast for a Sunday dinner, turn half way through and you have a fantastic caramelized side dish. Definitely no need to peel, I never do, whatever dish i'm using them for!
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Old 28-04-2012, 19:03
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thanks folks..............that's helpful



ps...........are sweet potatoes what used to be called 'yams'?

not that I've ever had yams either.............
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Old 28-04-2012, 19:21
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Yams have white flesh, not orange. But I think the terms do get swapped, or used to be in the past.
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Old 28-04-2012, 19:54
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The yellow flesh sweet potato cooks quicker than the white flesh ones.

I would have thought the yellow flesh may go mushy in a curry. Good for roasting. I much prefer the white flesh ones.
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Old 28-04-2012, 20:22
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My Jamaican parents still often do a traditional Saturday Pot Soup. Beef or lamb with vegetables they know from home, which includes white/yellow yam, sweet potato, green banana, cho cho, thyme, and scotch bonnet for heat. We kiddies had good old English spuds to find amongst the mix.

I can still remember when the sweet potato back in the real day was white inside with the maroon skin. The change with the orangey inside now is wrong. A real loss of what was a proper sweet taste for the sake of colouring.
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Old 28-04-2012, 20:29
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They are great for making soups such as Red pepper & sweet potato or Sweet potato & butternut squash. I like to peel them & roast them on a tray with peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions & garlic. They are healthy too & have a slow release carb so keep you satisfied longer than a normal spud.
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Old 28-04-2012, 20:58
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My Jamaican parents still often do a traditional Saturday Pot Soup. Beef or lamb with vegetables they know from home, which includes white/yellow yam, sweet potato, green banana, cho cho, thyme, and scotch bonnet for heat. We kiddies had good old English spuds to find amongst the mix.

I can still remember when the sweet potato back in the real day was white inside with the maroon skin. The change with the orangey inside now is wrong. A real loss of what was a proper sweet taste for the sake of colouring.
I think you're talking about the two different varieties of sweet potato. You can still get both.
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Old 28-04-2012, 23:40
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I think you're talking about the two different varieties of sweet potato. You can still get both.

Yes you can, but most supermarkets stock the american sweet potato, the red-skinned, orange fleshed one. A yam is a different vegetable, and not so readily available in supermarkets.
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Old 29-04-2012, 08:32
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Yes you can, but most supermarkets stock the american sweet potato, the red-skinned, orange fleshed one. A yam is a different vegetable, and not so readily available in supermarkets.
But I'm not talking about the yam. I'm talking about the other sweet potato with red-ish skin and white flesh.

Ok it's not stocked in most supermarkets but my mum bought it recently from a fruit and veg stall in London.
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Old 29-04-2012, 09:01
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But I'm not talking about the yam. I'm talking about the other sweet potato with red-ish skin and white flesh.

Ok it's not stocked in most supermarkets but my mum bought it recently from a fruit and veg stall in London.
Well that's a surprise to me. I'll have to be a bit more vigilant when shopping in ethnic markets, it would be great to find some for my parents.
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Old 29-04-2012, 09:08
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But I'm not talking about the yam. I'm talking about the other sweet potato with red-ish skin and white flesh.

Ok it's not stocked in most supermarkets but my mum bought it recently from a fruit and veg stall in London.
Morrison's sell them. I bought some last week.
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Old 29-04-2012, 12:21
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But I'm not talking about the yam. I'm talking about the other sweet potato with red-ish skin and white flesh.

Ok it's not stocked in most supermarkets but my mum bought it recently from a fruit and veg stall in London.
I know the type you mean. Glad to hear Morrisons sell them.
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Old 29-04-2012, 16:56
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I'm not a mash lover but I do like sweet potato mash.
They're also a nice alternative to regular chips. Becareful though as they colour quickly.
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Old 30-04-2012, 00:32
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I'm going to have some tomorrow..........with a meat pie

Think I'll peel, cube and boil - serve with butter

Then I'll put some more in a curry for tea.........going off the lentils, might just make a veg curry
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Old 30-04-2012, 12:35
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I'm making sausage and sweet potato mash tonight.

I just need to find a recipe for onion gravy.
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Old 30-04-2012, 21:54
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I'm making sausage and sweet potato mash tonight.
Add some chipotles... a la Alton Brown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbJHkbYedtc

btw, here's the entire episode devoted to sweet potatoes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk0jjDy3AVI
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Old 30-04-2012, 22:01
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I had some sweet potato today and it was OK, but not as good as i thought............I just cubed and boiled it for about 5 minutes and put some butter on it

It was beginning to break up after 5 minutes so i don't think there's any way I can put it in a curry, it'll just dissolve into mash

Might use it up by making celery and sweet potato soup
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Old 30-04-2012, 22:11
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It was beginning to break up after 5 minutes so i don't think there's any way I can put it in a curry, it'll just dissolve into mash
Watch the first video I posted... he specifically mentions not to boil them.
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Old 30-04-2012, 22:52
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I had some sweet potato today and it was OK, but not as good as i thought............I just cubed and boiled it for about 5 minutes and put some butter on it

It was beginning to break up after 5 minutes so i don't think there's any way I can put it in a curry, it'll just dissolve into mash

Might use it up by making celery and sweet potato soup
Ah ! What did I tell ye ?

But it should be great to make it into a soup.
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Old 30-04-2012, 23:10
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I had some sweet potato today and it was OK, but not as good as i thought............I just cubed and boiled it for about 5 minutes and put some butter on it

It was beginning to break up after 5 minutes so i don't think there's any way I can put it in a curry, it'll just dissolve into mash

Might use it up by making celery and sweet potato soup
Roast it next time.
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