My dearest, most beloved sweet potato,
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee from the depths of my roasting pan to the tip of my fork.
I love thee from the back of my pantry to the center of my Shabbat dinner.
I love thee in the plainest of garb and as the Queen.
I love thy moist, honey-kissed flesh and thy crackling skin.
I marvel at the glorious forms and colors thou takes:
Shredded and crisped, bite-sized and tender, mashed and sumptuous.
You appear before me as flaming orange, pale purple and soft yellow-white.
Thine gorgeous, titan skin shames all other tubers.
They turn their eyes from thine glory and know that they cannot compete with thy beauty.
As silly as it might sound, I really do believe that sweet potatoes deserve a love letter. I also believe they’re must-haves for Chanukah and Pesach dinner. They’re a great source of of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, and they’re a complex carbohydrate which means you can eat them and stay full without spiking your blood sugar.
Really (and most importantly) they’re wicked* good.
Some of my favorite ways to eat them?
How much do you love sweet potatoes? In the comments, I’d love to hear your favorite way to eat them – share links to your favorite recipes!
* I grew up in Maine where this is a positive adjective of choice!