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What are sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are a healthy root vegetable packed with rich sources of fibre, vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and antioxidants. These spunky tubers, usually deep orange in colour, are sweet, tender when cooked.
How to shop for sweet potatoes
We asked Test Kitchen Food Specialist Amanda Barnier for tips on shopping for sweet potatoes at the market. She advises shoppers to choose firm potatoes without cracks, soft spots, bruises or signs of sprouting, "and feel heavy for their size," she says.
How to store sweet potatoes
Barnier says sweet potatoes are quite perishable. Instead of in the fridge - which is too moist - keep them in a cool, dry and dark place for up to one week.
How does a food specialist eat her sweet potatoes? "I love to add sweet potatoes to stews, soups and risotto," Barnier says. "They puree beautifully, making them a great topping to casseroles and an easy side dish."
Sweet potato or yam?
A nightshade cousin to the white potato and tomato, sweet potatoes are often mistaken for another root vegetable look-alike: the yam.
"Sweet potatoes have no relation (to yams)," explains Barnier, "though they can be used interchangeably in most recipes calling for sweet potatoes. The darker variety of sweet potato has a dark orange skin and a bright, sweet orange flesh."
Try one of these super sweet potato recipes today!
Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pies
Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you. This recipe yields two pies – one for dinner and one to freeze for a busy day ahead.
Sweet Potato Muffins
Sweet crunchy-topped muffins are a tasty addition to breakfast. Try them along with Maple Walnut Scones.
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pancakes
This makes a thick, fluffy batter. Serve these versatile pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Or omit the cinnamon and serve with sour cream, chopped chives and smoked salmon.
Sweet Potato Meringue Pie
While the flavour and spices of sweet potato pie are similar to pumpkin pie, we switched it up with a graham cracker crumb crust.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Mushroom Butter Sauce
Gnocchi may seem difficult to make, but they're not. Just a little mixing and kneading yields tender nuggets of dough.
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More super sweet potato recipes:
Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup
Although it takes a little time for the vegetables to roast, you can set the table and toss a salad in the meantime. Then you can finish this simple soup in minutes.
Sweet Potato Soup with Jalapeño Corn Salsa
A spoonful of flavourful salsa adds zip to this sweet potato soup from our 2004 Make-Ahead Fall Feast menu.
Rutabaga Sweet Potato Puree
This beautiful orange puree has a taste that's all grown up.
Beef and Sweet Potato Stir-Fry
Never thought of including sweet potatoes in a stir-fry? This quick and easy recipe may change your mind.
Pork and Sweet Potato Skillet
This delicious, quick and easy entrée has the perfect balance of sweet and savoury – with a little bit of spice too!
Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Mayonnaise
This tasty sweet potato recipe serves up sweet potato fries with a mildly spiced dip – watch it disappear from the table!
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Another classic sweet potato recipe, these oven-baked wedges are a great side to a grilled or roasted main.
Sweet Potato Packets
These packets are perfect to add to the grill, especially when cooking over indirect heat and leaving space over the lit burner for another side dish.
Crispy Sweet Potato Skins
A parent can pitch in the day before to bake the sweet potato. Bake the skins in a toaster oven if you have one; it heats up quickly and is energy efficient – ideal for small snacks.
Sweet Potato Strudel with Balsamic Mushroom Sauce
This flavourful winter vegetable strudel works double duty. It's an impressive side dish and an elegant way to remember vegetarian friends and family.
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