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Sweet potatoes: like or dislike?

Sweet potatoes.

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With or without tiny marshmallows on top, are sweet potatoes your thing? I discovered one Thanksgiving a few years ago that I am the only person in my family who likes sweet potatoes at all (five pounds of leftover mashed sweet potatoes went right into the soup pot the next morning). I love crispy sweet potato fries dipped in curry mayonnaise the way a local restaurant serves them, and I also love them mashed, with spices and butter or lots of garlic. Sweet potatoes are slightly higher in fiber, and slightly lower on the glycemic index, than white baking potatoes, making them a slightly healthier choice when the potato craving hits. 

Sweet potatoes: like or dislike?

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Love yams - are they the same as sweet potatoes?

You are my total food guru!

I love them being a proper southern girl. I use them in place of white potatoes quite often

Baked, split, and topped with salsa-chopped up in lentil soup, and peeled chunks roasted until caramelized with onion in olive oil are my favorite ways with sweet potatoes right now. Never, ever marshmallows on them for me.

Love in any way, shape, form.

Absolutely love them. Family, not so much. Simply mashed with a bit of cream and (gasp) chunk o'butter!!! A baked one now and then, plain. Oh, mustn't forget the ever delightful basket of fries drizzled with butter and sprinkled with brown sugar....bless you creative ones who love to create such edible delights...

To answer Joyce, what most stores in the U.S. call "yams" or sometimes "sweet yams" are they're really orange fleshed sweet potatoes. I love, love, love savory sweet potato dishes of all types, but hate the sweetened ones.

Sweet potatoes---I like them so much I have them for breakfast in place of fruit some mornings. Top it off with fresh cranberry sauce, a cup of coffee, the morning journal and the day is ready to take off.

I love them but a few years ago at Thanksgiving, my 6 year old son said, please don't ever make that orange stuff again.

I eat them almost every day, hashed with an oven fried sunny side up egg. One of the best foods ever. I have a farmer friend who provides me with organic sweet potatoes and they are a staple in our house. We never run out. I just made an apple sweet potato pie.

I really like sweet potatoes. I will cut some up, toss with olive oil and garlic and onion, and roast them - often in my ninja cooker. Super easy and quite delicious. Can easily add additional need-to-use-up veggies. Just hard to go wrong really.


I like them baked and plain, mostly because they are healthier that way. Adding homemade, whole berry cranberry sauce sounds yummy! I will try that this Thanksgiving for sure!!

I was afraid of them growing up. Something about a potato being sweet just seemed wrong to me.
In my late 20's I sampled my neighbor's sweet potato casserole, at a party, and it was love at first bite. I've converted all of the sweet potato phobic people in my family and my husband's. It's now considered one of our family's recipes! I also love them in any other form, chips, fries, baked, in soups, etc.

One of my loves from childhood - just roasted, cut in half and scooped out with a spoon. Now, sometimes (microwaved), with toppings like pasta sauce or veg chili or anything good to eat. Lately, showing up in veggie burgers, spread on a sandwich, tagines, much more.
Rodale Jr. once put a food target graphic in one of the magazines, with sweet potatoes as the bulls eye. Delicious and good for you!

Lots of sweet potato love here. I prefer them savory and make mashed sweet potatoes with Southwest, Moroccan, or Indian spices. Also love them in curry or a breakfast hash.

It seems you have no sweet potato haters in this group! I love them too, except I wish the skins tasted as good as oiled Russett potato skins do. NEVER with marshmallows, which belong on hot chocolate.

Love sweet potatoes - any way but with marshmallows!

Love, love, love sweet potatoes! Plain, baked, with marshmallows, in curry. Really good as a breakfast on the go just plain. I especially love Japanese sweet potatoes.

Love sweet potatoes, but not in casserole dish with marshmallows on top. Two of my favorite ways to cook them are; #1 - Oven Fries, and #2 - in a spicy soup with red lentils.

Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes are richly nutritious (also known as Okinawan potato or purple yam). They're fat-free and low in calories, high in fiber, great for people who are carbohydrate sensitive, and loaded with antioxidants. I like mine done as a Purple Sweet Potato Poke or Okinawan Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Pie. Sweet Potatoes are harvested in HI January to August each year.

Don't really like them...guess I'm in the minority.

I so enjoy them. Grew up on candied sweets and yams and, being from a large Black family in St. Louis, sweet potato pie. I had no experience with butternut or other squashes or pumpkin pie at all until I came up North to go to college. I like it all. I only do candied sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving and Christmas (never with marshmallows), always fresh (never, ever, ever canned). Mostly I either bake them whole and serve with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon or I cube or slice them, toast with a little olive oil, black pepper and cinnamon and roast them. Delicious. I also use them in a root soup.
I've not yet made sweet potato fries although I do like them.

Like sweet potatos a lot
But like yams even more!

As an adult, I love them now! :-)

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