I'm down with any spelling you like as long as you boil 'em, bake 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
Ok, I'll try to be serious now. No promises though.
Today I would like to extol the virtues of sweet potatoes.
|Not the prettiest outside; but it's the inside that counts.|
How's that for a lovely picture.
Since my dorm-room microwave is much wimpier than the one at home (even if it isn't exactly regulation- shh! Don't tell the R.A.!) I've switched over to boiling them. And my what a difference it makes.
When I microwaved sweet potatoes (or regular potatoes too, but that isn't our focus today) and tried to mash them up, they never achieved that lovely, creamy consistency that my uncle always managed to get with his Sweet Potato Casserole (which edges into dessert territory with it's butter content, but I digress). I started boiling them once I moved to college and that made all the difference.
I know, I know, boiling is so time consuming. This is supposed to be dorm cooking dagnabit! Fast and easy, like the Road Runner!
Never ever EVER leave a pot or pan on a hot eye unsupervised. Ask someone to watch it for a minute while you run to the loo, or grab your psychology textbook. (I feel this PSA is needed because it is always better safe than sorry.)
Only you can prevent wildfires.
Sorry, I'll stop.
After the potatoes have been boiled to desired done-ness, which for me is when the water starts taking on a vaguely yellowish tint, drain them (be careful of the hot steam!) and mash them up with a potato masher or a fork. I've found that it works better to add spices and butter until after I've mashed up the potatoes somewhat. And if the potatoes seem really dry and you don't want to/don't have any more butter to add, pour in some milk. This works as an awesome cool-down method that will also make the potatoes go further if you're running low on potatoes and high on diners.
I had a bad salad at a band function three years ago and have never been able to look at lettuce in the same light. It also ruined one of my face washes at the time, because the face wash began to smell like the salad tasted. No money was lost on that salad, let me tell you. So, for now I will just settle, quite happily, with my beloved sweet potato.
If sweet/spiced sweet potatoes aren't your thing, try topping it like you would a normal baked potato. At the cafeteria a few weeks back, Roomie got a sweet potato at the potato bar one night and loaded it up like a regular baked potato, bacon bits and all. I was skeptical of it, but she said it was great. Personally I can't get over the idea of putting bacon and cheese on a sweet potato, but hey, give it a shot. I'm sure there are people out there who gagged as soon as I mentioned cinnamon; to each his own.
So, any ideas about what to do with sweet potatoes?
|A blank canvas of delicious.|