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An Ode to the Sweet Potato

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato

 
Ah, sweet potato. Dear, dear sweet potato. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love you in the morning, when I can start my day with you in my belly. You singlehandedly (singlespudly?) arm me with—wait for it—769% of my daily recommended value of vitamin A, which helps me see the corner of the bed more clearly and avoid stubbing my toe. I remember that one morning I rushed out forgetting to say hello to you, and I misread the train stop sign and wound up in Fiji. Never again, my love. Never again.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Breakfast)

Apple & Sweet Potato Cake with Poached Egg and Sweet Mustard Sauce by Mike (Verses from my Kitchen) Bacon, Kale, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos by Natalie Sweet Potato Walnut Waffles by livlife (Kim) Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Hash by mags7461

 
 
 
I love you when the evenings turn chilly, and all I want is a warm bowl of soup to comfort me. You’re packed with calcium, which helps me fold my legs in all kinds of positions so I can sit on the couch under the covers and balance my bowl on my knees while watching reruns of Three’s Company. And I love that you don’t tell anyone about it.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Soup)

Chipotle Sweet Potato Corn Chowder by Angela [YourEverydayMama] Corn and Potato Chowder with Tilapia by Jennifer @ Mother Thyme Sweet Potato Soup with Walnut Pesto by missamy Sweet Potato and Brown Butter Soup by Mike (Verses from my Kitchen) Coconut Curried Sweet Potato Soup by EatLiveRun

 
 
 
I love you on the days when I actually wear proper clothes—decent clothes fit for public consumption—because people (real people!) are coming over. You don’t demand to be the center of attention, and are equally happy playing a supporting role on the side, content with simply making me look good in front of my friends. (Do you have any single brothers? Just asking.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Entrees and Sides)

Rosemary Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits by Deanna Segrave-Daly Potato and Sweet Potato Gratin by spanishfoodie Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry by inquiringchef Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili by In Good Taste Savory Sweet Potato Skins by HowSweetEats Sweet Potato Foil Packet Tacos by Natalie

 
 
 
I love you after dinner, when you pull out all the stops and amaze me with all the different ways you can entice me with your orange (or yellow) beauty. I marvel at how you can transform yourself from humble spud to decked out princess. Or prince. (How do I tell?)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Dessert)

Sugar Cookies with a Spiced Sweet Potato Filling by Alexandra Zeevy Barbecued Sweet Potato Pie by patiodaddio Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie by barefootbelle Sweet Potato Fudge by Lauren's Latest

 
 
 
As a baker who always works with her hands, I love you for all your antioxidants that help my body fight inflammation and arthritis. When I look at your gnarled and crooked face as you sit quietly in my vegetable bowl, I know your empathy toward my gnarled and crooked fingers is real. (High five.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Bread)

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins or Loaves by Noshings Sweet Potato Scones by A Cozy Kitchen Sweet Potato Mini Loaves with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter from Lauren's Latest Sweet Potato Rosemary Biscuits by twopeasandtheirpod Sweet Potato Cornbread by Laurie of Simply Scratch Zucchini Sweet Potato Muffins by someonewhobakes Maple Glazed Sweet Potato Bread by Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

 
 
 
And I know my friend Zee the pasta-fiend loves you too, especially when she gets to say “gnocchi” over and over again. (It is a strange-sounding word, I’ll admit.) You play nice with all the other pastas, happy to be stuffed inside, mixed in the dough, or chopped up in the sauce. Everybody loves a team player, and everyone knows there is no “I” in sweet potato.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Pasta)

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Pecans and Herb Brown Butter Sauce by A Cozy Kitchen Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Gouda Cheese Sauce by The Noshery Sweet Potato Ricotta Gnocchi by italianfoodforever Sweet Potato and Pepperoni Ragu over Orzo by Natalie

 
 
 
How much more can I say about you, oh sweet potato? I love you morning, afternoon, and night, when the snack monster attacks and will not be appeased until it gets something crunchy or sweet or salty or doughy. You make snacking fun and healthy, which is probably why George Washington wanted you with him in his Virginia farm. 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Snacks)

Sweet Potato Garlic Knots by Neil and Jessica at Kohler Created Crunchy Sweet Potato Pie Fries by MonkeyDudesMom Rosemary Cayenne Sweet Potato Fries by bridget350 Sweet Potato and Parmesan Chips by whatsgabycooking

 
 
 
I can go on and on about the wonders of you, and if I called you a superfood, it would be true. But you would blush and start looking like a beet. So I won’t do that. Instead, I will end my ode by once more declaring my undying love for you—a love so great that I am willing to share you with everyone else.

The end.

 
 

Note: Click on any of the photos to be taken directly to its recipe page. This is not part of the ode. Over and out.

 
 

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Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen on 11.5.2011

I love this post! What an adorable idea :)

JulieD on 11.4.2011

Oh my goodness…I can’t get over the sweet potato goodness!

Carol Ann on 11.4.2011

So many creative people! Thank you for the article. I wish I could post it on my FB page to share with my friends…

Kaylynn on 11.3.2011

Did you know Hoisin sauce is made from sweet potatoes?

Jeana Whisenhunt on 11.3.2011

These look great! Where can i find all these recipes!

Carol Robinson on 11.3.2011

Favorite Thanksgiving dish??? I think it’s mashed sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows!!! I add orange juice and some molasses to the sweet potatoes….yummy!!!

Anna on 11.3.2011

No “I” in sweet potato…HA! Love this post :)

Jontalelise on 10.31.2011

Everyone knows there’s no I in sweet potato- hahaha! Loved the ode!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on 10.30.2011

This post is awesome! I tried sweet potato gnocchi a couple of weeks ago! It was borderline the best thing I ever tasted! I made it with a sage cream sauce….one word – YUM.

Dawn on 10.29.2011

BUT!!!!!!!!!! But I want the recipes for all that yummy sweet potatoness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bonnie on 10.29.2011

HILARIOUS!!!! Your Ode had me CRACKING UP!! Very very funny stuff!

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Cathi Crismon on 10.29.2011

Guess who’s going ot and buying sweet potatos!?!?

Jen on 10.29.2011

I got 3 giant sweet potatoes in my Bountiful Basket today and wasn’t sure what to do with them. This post was perfectly timed! Thanks!

Jerri on 10.29.2011

I am sharing this with my students as we are creating Odes in our poetry unit! Great timing!

Shellia on 10.29.2011

Need recipe to all, love the looks an sound of them all!!

Christina Williams on 10.29.2011

Oh, I love sweet potatoes!!! Always looking for new recipes. These look amazing.

Karen Ann on 10.29.2011

These all look incredibly good. I want to try the waffles first, I think!

Cindy on 10.29.2011

What a cute post. I had no idea sweet potatoes were so versatile!

Lisa Rice on 10.29.2011

Thanks for posting such an exhaustive recipe list for one of my favorite foods.

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Natalie | Perry's Plate on 10.29.2011

Great round up Erika! I love sweet potatoes, too!! (Obviously… I’ve got so many sweet potato recipes in my box!…) Thanks for including a few of mine in your post!

Katrina on 10.29.2011

Everything sounds freaking delicious!

Janet K on 10.29.2011

oooh…what should I make first?! I love sweet potato anything…..these all look great!

Brittany on 10.28.2011

Could you post the recipe to, I dunno, everything in this post?

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    Erika (TK) on 10.28.2011

    Hi Brittany! Clicking on any of the photos in the collage will take you to the recipe page for that particular recipe. Let us know which one you try first!

Beth Lyle on 10.28.2011

How inspiring!!! I love sweet potatoes, (and crave their vitamin a superpowers when my immune system is low) but have never gotten anywhere close to this creative with them-looking forward to trying out these ideas.

Amber Martin on 10.28.2011

I have been chronicling on my blog about my attempts to use up the giant sweet potatoes my neighbors gave me. I have made the sweet potato biscuits from 2 Peas and Their Pod, but this post will help me out tremendously! So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Curt on 10.28.2011

Aaaahh, the Incredible Edible Sweet Potato!

Patti Rabbit on 10.28.2011

My favorite sweet potato dish is to bake it & smother in butter. THE BEST!

jennifer in b'ville on 10.28.2011

Sweet potato blondies (YUM!!!!) Sweet potatoes roasted with olive oil & melted butter (DELISH!!!) and hash browned sweet potatoes (SO GOOD!!!) are some of my faves! I’m looking forward to some these too.

Lisa D. on 10.28.2011

Years ago I found a recipe for a sweet potato pie with a gingersnap crust and gingersnap struesel. The pie was wonderful and I proceeded to misplace the recipe. Does anyone have a recipe like that?

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rachelhockey on 10.28.2011

Great post, Erika. I think I will make half of these recipes… this weekend. Mmm…

Cynthia on 10.28.2011

Hilariously wonderful! Now I’m gonna get to maken those yummly burritos by Natalie!

Donna on 10.28.2011

mmmmmm love sweet potatoes! I have tried a few of these. SSSooooooo good.

All Good in Mommyhood on 10.28.2011

LOVE them! I made your Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving last year – a HUGE hit! I’ll have to post them this year!

NanaBread (Jeanne) on 10.28.2011

Awesome post, Erika.
It took a little effort to stay focused on the tribute instead of the photos, but I did it. Then I went back and ooohed and aaaahed and drooled over all the pics and recipes. That’s one fabulous collection. But for me, it was really about the love story. {wink} High five!

Amanda on 10.28.2011

Oh my, and I thought *I* liked sweet potato. My favorites are fries and chips, and what incredibly-looking recipes you’ve found for me to try!

Cheryl on 10.28.2011

Amen, sistah!!

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 10.28.2011

This is such a great post Erika! I love everything about it! (high five!)

Tracee on 10.28.2011

Those are fantastic, I am drooling !

Maggy@ThreeManyCooks on 10.28.2011

I want everything here. Everything. Especially the sweet potato gnocchi!!!

Roxanne on 10.28.2011

OMG! All of the pictures look so delish!!! I want to make them all!