This is a guest post written by Krisna Garcia
Have you ever noticed that when people say baked potatoes are on the menu, they are more often than not talking about white potatoes? There’s nothing wrong with these starchy potato treats, but when overly focusing on the white potato, there’s really a missed opportunity for baked sweet potato.
Sweet potato is packed with vitamins and minerals and it is easier for many people to digest than white potatoes. Besides, there are all kinds of things that you can make once you have a few baked sweet potatoes at your disposal. Here’s what you need to know about what you can make with a baked sweet potato.
The Perfect Side
Baked sweet potato can be the perfect side for a number of dishes. Add some brown sugar and butter and you’ll find that they are a lovely companion for a steak, salmon or baked chicken dish. There is nothing like the taste of brown sugar, butter, and a perfectly baked sweet potato to go alongside pork of any kind, whether you want to pull pork and have a spicy meal or whether you are enjoying a pork loin.
You may be surprised by just how many entrees baked sweet potatoes can accompany. Even better, baked sweet potatoes can be made ahead of time or left to sit for hours before you’re ready to eat, which means you won’t have to worry about them while you’re focusing on getting your entree right.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole is a great vegan or vegetarian meal. Diced into chunky squares and cooked alongside lentils or beans, vegetables and peppers – or whatever else the imagination can think of – this is a hearty meal packed with goodness that will aid the immune system.
Sweet Potato Pie
For many people, when they think of the USA and the South, they think of sweet potato pie. It’s not as common in the UK but the creamy texture and sweet taste of baked sweet potatoes is absolutely perfect for making pie. If you struggle with baking, you may also be thrilled by just how easy it is to make a delicious sweet potato pie. The process is very easy and similar in its preparation to sweet potato casserole, with the key difference being that the sweet potato is smashed and blended to a very smooth texture. Place the smashed sweet potato into a pastry base and add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg that are common favorite flavorings. If you are feeling adventurous, throw some pecans in as well. After baking enjoy with whipped cream, double cream, ice-cream or whatever suits your taste.
Sweet Potato and Cheese Pasta Bake
Many parents spend a fair amount of time and effort trying to convince or trick their kids into eating healthier foods. Sweet potato is packed with vitamins and minerals and is an awesome source of fiber.
Most kids love baked sweet potato when cut open and smothered with a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper, but if you are looking for ways to expand your children’s healthy eating with sweet potatoes, give sweet potato and cheese pasta bake a try. it can be loaded with goodness with vegetables and pasta of your choice.
Simply gently puree your sweet potatoes by lightly smashing them with a fork, add cooked pasta carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, throw in some delicious cheeses that your kids love, season with herbs, salt, pepper, and bake the entire thing for around 20 or 30 minutes until it is piping hot and bubbling.
Get Cooking with Sweet Potato Today
If your only version of a baked potato is a white potato smothered with butter, cheese, or baked beans you’re really missing out on an opportunity. Baked sweet potatoes are extremely easy to make and versatile enough to be included in many of your favorite recipes. Give them a try today.
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