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WilliamX
01-17-2002, 04:47 PM
How do you cook sweet potatoes?
I just boil mine in water. I dont even peel them. Is it a good thing? Should I eat the skin too?
Whats the difference between sweet\yams\red potatoes?
The ones I bought are red in color, but they're pretty big in size. I 'm confused I heard they should be small.

Tryska
01-17-2002, 05:58 PM
technically a yam has white flesh and a sweet flavor. and sweet potato is orange-ish. i have no idea what a red potato is, except red bliss, which are smaller, red-skinned regular potatoes.

i usually bake them in a 400 degree over for 40 minutes, depending on size and quantity.

IceRgrrl
01-17-2002, 06:40 PM
My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is to bake them, then cut them open and sprinkle with cinnamon and a little Splenda...yum!

little guy
01-17-2002, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Tryska
and sweet potato is orange-ish.

Okinawan sweet potatoes have a nice purple flesh. In fact, I rarely see the orange kind in Hawaii, except in the can. I like to steam mine in a rice cooker (though I've heard that people on the mainland don't have those either). :rolleyes:

WilliamX
01-17-2002, 07:50 PM
What do you bake them in? Regular oven that I have is crazy, if I turn it on for 40 minutes I won't be able to see and breathe in the kitchen. Are there things for broiling and baking sold separately?
I dont know about red potaotes either. I bought them because they were red so I thought they were yams, but they are pretty big too. And they taste sweet, but not very sweet.

Tryska
01-18-2002, 04:05 AM
maybe it's some sort of wierd sweet potato like those purple one's those freaks have in hawaii. ;)

actually your best best is to clean your oven before using it the next time. might cut down on the smoking bit.

i usually just rinse mine off and stick em right on the rack, or in the broiler pan, and leave it alone. real easy.

Wizard
01-18-2002, 04:09 AM
the bigger the better...

I usually find orange-ish sweet potatoes and sometimes yellow-ish ones...

I like'em baked.About 40-50 mins.

ericg
01-18-2002, 06:35 AM
I pop my sweet potato (orange skin) in the microwave. It takes about 6 minutes. It is not as good as in the oven, but it is a hell of a lot quicker and doesnt really taste too bad. I just eat mine plain with the skin.....yummy

Prelude
01-18-2002, 07:28 AM
I was in a restaurant once and they had some sweet potatoes as a side dish on a steak. It was sliced, brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grilled. It was pretty good and I've been wanting to try that on my george forman but not sure if it would work.

Tryska
01-18-2002, 07:32 AM
it should work well. you should give it a go.

aikigreg
01-18-2002, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by WilliamX
What do you bake them in? Regular oven that I have is crazy, if I turn it on for 40 minutes I won't be able to see and breathe in the kitchen. Are there things for broiling and baking sold separately?
I dont know about red potaotes either. I bought them because they were red so I thought they were yams, but they are pretty big too. And they taste sweet, but not very sweet.

Just a thought, have you CLEANED your oven in the last 10 years? :)

WilliamX
01-18-2002, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by aikigreg

Just a thought, have you CLEANED your oven in the last 10 years? :)
It came like this when I moved in. ;)

teenidol1
01-21-2002, 02:06 PM
Slice em up, throw some olive oil and fresh herbs, in a 350-400 deg. oven and cook until desired consistency. I like mine a little hard and crispy still so for like 25 minutes. but it is up to you.

IceRgrrl
01-21-2002, 05:53 PM
I agree with the others...you just need to clean your oven and all will be well. If it's a self-cleaning oven, just turn the controls/dial to "clean" cycle, but you might want to take out the removable racks and wash them in the sink.

If it's not a self-cleaning over, get a can of oven cleaner spray, preferable the "fume free" type if you don't want to gas yourself out. Remove the racks, spray down all the oven surfaces, close it up overnight, and just wipe clean with rags in the morning.

And I know what you mean about "it came like this when I moved in"...that was one of the first chores I had to do whenever I moved into a new apartment. Some people are just pigs. ;)

the doc
01-21-2002, 05:58 PM
yes oven cleaner would be a wise investment...lol

hey icer i plan on leaving my oven how i found it- still somewhat clean, at least it doesn't smoke...lol!

IceRgrrl
01-21-2002, 06:12 PM
Geez, why couldn't someone like you have been the former tenant of my various apartments? LOL...

A clean oven is a wonderful thing ;)

WilliamX
01-21-2002, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by IceRgrrl
If it's a self-cleaning oven...

:evillaugh
Do you guys ever microwave the potatoes? That's pretty easy.