Help me find my sweet potato recipe
March 5, 2019 7:58 AM   Subscribe

I had a sweet potato recipe I really liked, and I can't find it by googling. I've even sent it to people, and it's not coming up in my email searches. Can you help?

The recipe was super simple. It was just sweet potatoes, but they were roasted for a ridiculously long time - it might have been two hours. I think the temperature was low, but I'm not sure.
It was in a blog post - it may have been a paleo blog. It started with a description of finding out about these because a mom brought them to something to give to her kids, and the kids ate them as snacks at room temperature.
I know I can theoretically experiment and maybe figure it out, but I would really like to find the actual blog post and recipe if it still exists. It's driving me crazy that I can't find it, since I used to just search for it when I wanted to make them.
(If you think you have something similar and want to share or even your favorite sweet potato recipe, that's fine, but only if it's vegan with no processed ingredients of any kind, including oil, sugar, agave, stevia, and flour.)
posted by FencingGal to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This isn't the right blogpost, but sounds like a similar recipe: Smitten Kitchen slow-roasted sweet potatoes.
posted by LizardBreath at 8:30 AM on March 5, 2019

Unpeeled sweet potatoes can be roasted in the oven for an hour or so on low heat and turn out deliciously without much fuss. Just place them on a cookie sheet or wrap them in foil or something to catch any drippings.

I don't really have a recipe since this is something my dad does (and it's pretty forgiving) but I figure it's something like:

- sweet potatoes
- optional: salt, pepper

- preheat oven to 350ish degrees
- place sweet potatoes on baking sheet or pan (alternatively: wrap in foil)
- roast potatoes for about 30-45 minutes
- test for doneness by poking them with a fork. if not done, continue roasting for another 10-15 minutes.
- repeat above step until sweet potatoes are sufficiently tender all the way through. unpeel and enjoy with optional salt and pepper.
posted by junques at 8:43 AM on March 5, 2019

Thanks, and I appreciate the effort to help, but I know how to roast sweet potatoes in the usual way. This was something different. All I remember for sure was that they were roasted for an extremely long time, which made them much more carmelized than usual, not just tender. In fact, one person I sent the recipe to "discovered" that they'd be done after an hour. Nope. I mean - sure, they were "done," but she didn't end up with what she could have if she'd followed the recipe.
posted by FencingGal at 8:53 AM on March 5, 2019

Maybe something like this recipe: STUPENDOUS SLOW BAKED SWEET POTATOES. The only ingredient is sweet potatoes, with optional butter at the very end for serving. 2 hours at 350 (turning the potatoes after the first hour), then an additional hour in the oven with the heat off. There's a comment that recommends even more time: 4 hours at 250.
posted by crazy with stars at 9:14 AM on March 5, 2019

From a previous answer of mine:
Cook's Illustrated had a new "Best Baked Sweet Potatoes" recipe base on their research that "Producing baked sweet potatoes with creamy, deeply flavorful interiors wasn’t just about cooking the spuds to a particular temperature (200 degrees or so). We discovered that we needed to hold them at that temperature for about an hour, which allowed time for the cell walls to break down, starches to gelatinize, and moisture to evaporate so that flavor concentrated?"

You can do that by baking 2-3 hours, but it can be reduced to 1 hour with microwaving them first. Here's the recipe:
  • Oven 425 degrees with rack in middle position.
  • Put foil on baking sheet and put wire rack on top. Use vegetable oil spray on rack. (You want to use the foil because the potatoes will leak and a very hard to clean mess otherwise.)
  • Put potatoes on large plate and microwave 6 to 9 minutes (turning every 3 minutes) until they are slightly soft and the centers register to 200 degrees.
  • Transfer potatoes to rack with tongs and bake for 1 hour (potatoes will be lightly browned and feel very soft).
  • Slit the potatoes lengthwise, and using a towel so you won’t get burned, squeeze to push the cooked potato up and out.
  • Season with salt and pepper. (You really don't need butter or other seasoning when cooked like this).
(Here's the recipe on Cook's Illustrated, but it's a pay site)
posted by ShooBoo at 9:17 AM on March 5, 2019 [4 favorites]

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