In the world of produce, if the potato is archetypal jock—straightforward, sturdy, popular—then the sweet potato is the quirky little sister who listens to Belle and Sebastian and enjoys craft beer. The Zooey Deschenel of vegetables, if you will. She is just as sturdy as her big brother, (and chalk full of nutrients, too) but contains a touch of whimsy and sweetness that you wouldn’t get from your run-of-the-mill tuber. If you, like us at Greens to Grounds, walk on the crunchy side of life, you may be wondering what to do with all of the produce box sweet potatoes lying around your house. Don’t panic, because we have a few recipes that will knock your proverbial socks off, because I assume you are wearing Birkenstocks or Chacos, neither of which requires socks.
1. The Classic Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Top over a salad, pasta, or just eat plain, this recipe can work as a side dish or full meal. It’s like being at Roots without the insane midday line!!
2. The I Love the Barefoot Contessa Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries
As the uncontested reigning champ of daytime cooking shows, Ina Garten is sure to deliver with her baked sweet potato fries recipe. If you, like me, dream of one day sitting down to dinner with her and her beloved Jeffrey, or if not dinner maybe just a cheese plate and a glass of merlot, then perfecting this recipe just might get you one step closer to achieving that goal.
3. The Already-So-Excited-For-Thanksgiving Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie
Just a little more sugar can turn this already sweet vegetable into a full-blown dessert.
4. The I’m So Fancy Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Soooo Many Toppings!
BonAppetit mag offers 9 different ways to top a baked sweet potato—can you try them all??
5. The I’ve Got A Lot Of Time On My Hands/I Want To Try Something New Recipe:
I am personally a huge fan of gnocchi—it’s a nice change from the typical pasta dish, and it still gives you that warm carbo-loaded feeling, a feeling I like to call “noodle drunk.” If you too are a fan of getting noodle drunk, really like gnocchi, or have some time to spare to try out a new recipe, check this one out from Epicurious!
– May Stearman