Mississippi sweet potato growers plant more than 20,000 acres of sweet potatoes each year. The state consistently ranks second in the United States in sweet potato acreage and third in production. In 2012, sweet potatoes were grown on approximately 22,500 acres, producing 394 million pounds of sweet potatoes with an estimated value of $79 million. Mississippi State
[from February 18, 2015] I first posted this recipe over three years ago and it’s worth a do-again. It comes from 500 Delicious Recipes from Leftovers which is part of the Encyclopedia of Cooking. If you enjoy cookbooks and cooking– or if you have a fridge full of leftovers– you’ll want to hit that link. What a hoot!
In my opinion– and given my experiences– sweet potatoes are among the easiest and more prolific vegetable plants. And homegrown heirloom sweet potatoes are just so much better than store bought. So I was very very excited to get an email from our pals at New Hope Seed Company announcing that they would be offering
These were homegrown sweet potatoes (we still have a small pile). Mr. Big Food sliced them into fries to go along with the Spicy Deer Meat Burgers and slaw. They were beyond delicious. Destined to become a Big Food Favorite. FRIED SWEET POTATOES Large Louisiana yams, peeled and cut into ½ inch thick slices Cold
Really really good. Doesn’t hurt that the sweet potatoes were home grown. JESSE JACKSON’S SWEET POTATO PIE 3 large sweet potatoes, quartered, boiled in water to cover until tender, about 40 minutes, drained, peeled, mashed in a mixing bowl until smooth 3 Tbsp butter ½ C milk, hot 2 eggs, separated, whites beaten stiff ½
Home grown, if I do say so, myself. Those are two different varieties of sweet potatoes there! One change to the recipe– we used much larger pieces of sweet potatoes and boiled them until tender. BLACK EYED PEA SWEET POTATO HASH Serves 4-6 1 medium sweet potato (about 1 lb), peeled and diced into ¼
You have to dig in to see what’s so good about this chicken pie. “Sweet potato crust has a distinct southern accent.”—The Encyclopedia of Cooking Complete in 24 Volumes, Volume 4: 250 Ways to Prepare Poultry and Game Birds (1953) CHICKEN PIE WITH SWEET POTATO CRUST Serves 6 to 8 1 C diced cooked chicken
I once did a series of posts on four of my favorite seed companies. These companies feature heirloom and rare vegetable seeds (and more) for the home gardener. Rather than linking to the old posts, I’m going to fresh-post my reviews this year. (I’ve copied with minor edits and noted updates from the originals.) I’ll
–> “Serve with grilled bacon, ham or game.”—The Encyclopedia of Cooking Complete in 24 Volumes, Volume 13: 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes (1953) PICKANINNY CREOLE “Cut boiled sweet potatoes in halves lengthwise and arrange in a shallow pan. Cover with plenty of butter and brown sugar. Add a dash of mace, a sprinkle of
for the meatatarians at the tailgate SWEET POTATOES WITH SAUSAGE PATTIES Mashed sweet potatoes Brown sugar Sausage patties, pan-browned, drippings reserved (preferably from homemade sausage—see recipes in this and Tex-Czech sections) Preheat oven to 350o. Fill a deep buttered pie plate with mashed sweet potatoes, sprinkle potatoes lightly with brown sugar, cover with pan-browned
for the vegetarians at the tailgate The recipe in the Big Food Manual begins: The dark, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato commonly known as the yam has been a southern staple since colonial times, and candied yams have enjoyed wide popularity since the late 19thcentury—especially at Thanksgiving. Try them alongside roast turkey [see recipes in
I need to work on the color balance of this photo because the white sweet potatoes were a little whiter than they appear here. The vegan side dish with tonight’s oven fried chicken. Pulled the sweet taters out of the garden about 10 days ago. Washed them off. Pare boiled them for about 20 minutes.
and a thought short. I was just thinking I should have ground up some Tabasco peppers & water and sprayed it on the sweet potatoes. Stupid deer.
Mr. Big Food made some modifications to this recipe as he was preparing the dish. The original recipe called for something like three cups of sugar– for 4-5 sweet potatoes which, as the name implies, are already sweet! We also omitted the topping entirely. Delicious! The recipe below includes the topping, but has been corrected–
brought the sweet potato slips! I’ve talked about this before but I’ll recap here. The folks at one of my favorite seed companies, New Hope Seed Company just north of Memphis, work with a local sweet potato farmer to make slips available to New Hope customers. The slips are shipped, via USPS, to you when
“Chicken Casserole XXI” would not be particularly noteworthy in my book. But “Sweet Potato Waffles II” is really something to note, especially since we still have a small pile of sweet potatoes from last fall. The recipe comes from 500 Delicious Dishes from Leftovers. Mr. Big Food is almost finished scouring this crappy old cookbook
I got an email from New Hope Seed Company. They are having a sale! I will order Aunt Hatie’s red okra, whippoorwill blackeyes (cowpeas = blackeyed peas), and the hardshell melon seeds. I’ll also pre-order one of those sweet potatoes. The red okra is delicious and beautiful. Okra is related to hollyhock, rose of Sharon,
O’Henry sweet potatoes Today is the day! Not that there’s anything special about today, but today is the day I decided to dig up the sweet potatoes. And of course, today is the day I didn’t look at the radar. We’ve already had two or three downpours. Not the best weather for pulling sweet potatoes