A Love Letter to Sweet Potatoes


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?

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato kugel // Tahini mashed sweet potatoes with fried sage leaves // Sweet potato challah // Spicy sweet potato fries with avocado dip // Sweet potato and chickpea salad

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!



Comments 3

  1. I often enjoy eating sweet potatoes that have been baked, and then topping it with anything and/or everything. I’ve paired it with ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey. And then even with yogurt and cranberries. Beautiful isn’t it? How versatile food can be.

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