Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sweet & Sour Sweet Potatoes

Perhaps you're not a fan of Candied Yams with Marshmallows. Or, maybe you ARE a fan, but are trying to eat healthier. Either way, this is a nice, slightly non-traditional way to prepare the very traditional Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries. This was inspired by a recipe I found many years ago in Food for Life by Dr. Neal Barnard. I have made it many times since, and varied it a little each time.

Sweet & Sour Sweet Potatoes
4 sweet potatoes, ½ ” cubes
1 large apple, diced
1 c raw cranberries
½ c raisins
Apple Juice concentrate, as needed, about ½ cup*

You have your choice of three preparation methods (I've done all three!)
Cover and bake in oiled dish 350 degrees F, 1 hour 15 minutes, till potatoes are tender, OR
Microwave till done, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally OR
Cook in Slow Cooker or Crock Pot for 2 hours, till potatoes are tender.
Some Broken Walnuts make a nice garnish, if you like.

*If the dish finishes, and the sweetness and moisture level are insufficient, a little more juice concentrate may be added at that point.

I'm clumsy, and Sweet Potatoes are hard - and harder to peel than white potatoes.
To make it easier, I cut the potato in half to keep it steady on the cutting board.

Then, I hold the potato ABOVE the knife, and slice downward around
The outside of the skin.
BTW - learned the hard way, the garbage disposal does NOT like Sweet Potato skins : (

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