Enjoy the sweet side of potatoes
My family also dug their sweet potatoes when the first frost hit. The tractor with small trailer attached was driven down the rows that had been dug. The sweet potatoes were shaken free of the clinging dirt and placed in baskets, loaded on the trailer and driven up to the shed attached to the barn. They were placed beside the baskets of white potatoes, covered with empty feed bags, ready for the winter feasts. Just another day of hard work down on the farm. Amazing how this day was forgotten when we sat down at the dinner table eating baked sweet potato biscuits with home-churned butter melting on the top and fresh baked sweet potato pie. Lets’ try some new and old recipes today.
South Carolina-style corn bread
Thank you, Carol, for sharing this great tasting recipe. Blend two eggs, 1 cup corn meal, 1/3 cup cooking oil, one small can creamed style corn, 1 tsp. salt and one 8-oz. container sour cream. Blend well in a bowl. Pour in a baking pan that has been greased. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes. This corn bread is light and fluffy. Goes well with seafood and wild game.
Sweet potato fries
In a bowl, combine 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Halve three large sweet potatoes lengthwise. Slice into 1/4-in. sticks. Cover sweet potato sicks with the dry mixture. In a large pot, heat canola oil. In batches, cook fries for five minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with more dry mixture if needed for taste.
Old-fashioned sweet potato pie
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes with 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter, two beaten egg yolks, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. salt. Beat until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup evaporated milk and mix just until combined. Beat the two egg whites until foamy and gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff. Fold this into potato mixture. Pour into an unbaked 10-in. pastry shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool and top with whipped crème.
Sweet potato casserole
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes with 1/4 tsp. salt, two beaten eggs, 2-1/2 tbsp. melted butter, 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour this mixture into a 9-by13-in. baking dish. Make a topping of 2-1/2 tbsp. of melted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup chopped pecans. Mix well and cover top of the sweet potato mixture with this mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes.