Why don’t I buy sweet potatoes more often?
Do you ever ask yourself this question? If you don’t then, either:
A. You are in the minority of people who buy sweet potatoes on a regular basis, or
B. You haven’t tried them.
Well, let me give you a little insight: They’re delicious! And they actually have vitamins in them that are good for you. I think my excuse is that I forget about them because they’re somewhat hidden in the store. The Yukon gold and Russet potatoes always seem to be the flashy potatoes – on sale, they have their own bin, with neon lights and signs pointing directly at the 10 pound bags.
These potatoes scream, “PICK ME! I”M CHEAPER! I’M YUMMY! YOU CAN DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS WITH ME! PLUS, I’M ON SALE!”
Meanwhile, somewhere lost in the shuffle are the sweet potatoes. They are the Eeyore of the underground vegetable. They mope around, waiting for someone to discover them. Occasionally, someone may discover them and will be reminded how yummy these potatoes really are. Inevitably, they will get pushed under the produce stand again.
Really, if you think about it, the only time sweet potatoes get to shine is at Thanksgiving. All of sudden, everyone loves them. Recipes resurrect from the dusty cookbooks and people can’t wait to mix them with marshmallows, cinnamon and sugar. Of course, there are about 20 other foods highlighted this time of year as well, so even then, they stand equal among other foods. Then as black Friday comes and goes, the sweet potato takes a deep breath and goes back into hiding.
Well, I want to give this wonderful spud more credit. I bake, grill, sauté, and mash these suckers and am ALWAYS surprised at how much I love them. Check our this great recipe for grilled sweet potatoes with brown sugar to see what I am talking about!
I vow to give more credit to the sweet potato. And I think you should too. Here’s a great way to enjoy them – Grilled Sweet Potato Fries – if I could give you a neon sign, I would!
Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
- sweet potato - skinned and cut into fry type slices
- olive oil Enough to coat the fries
- 1 1/2 -2 tbn of salt and pepper
- 1-2 tbn of fresh chopped rosemary
- Toss the fries with the other ingredients in a bowl.
- Grill these slices in a vegetable tray, for at least 20 minutes, stirring often.