With their delicious taste and nutritional content, sweet potatoes are perfect as a main dish and appetizer. Although some cooking methods increase the fat and sugar levels of potatoes, steaming them does not add calories and you can enjoy the meal without weight on your conscience. Best of all, it's easy – you just need fire, water and some utensils.
For basic steamed sweet potatoes
- Half a kilo of sweet potatoes (about three to five units)
- two cups of water
For the variations
- four tablespoons of butter
- two chopped garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
- Two tablespoons of chopped rosemary
- Half sliced white onion
- a teaspoon of cinnamon
- A quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg
- A quarter of a teaspoon of cloves
Method 1 of 2: Steaming Sweet Potatoes
Step 1. Peel the potatoes
This process is usually easier with your own peeler, but it is also possible to use a sharp knife.
Dispose of husks in a compost bin to avoid waste. Better yet, cut the skins into thin strips (leaving a little potato) to make a stuffed potato skin
Step 2. Cut the potatoes into pieces
The exact size is not important – cut them into three or four pieces. What matters is that they are basically the same size so they cook evenly.
Step 3. Place the potatoes on a steaming pan
Steaming potatoes means exposing them to steam without submerging them in the boiling water below. To do this, place the pieces on a steaming pan, a device that sits above the pan of boiling water. Place the tray on a large pot with two cups of water.
If you don't have a tray, improvise with a metal strainer. You can also use any hollow metal tray
Step 4. Boil the water
Place pan and pan on high heat. Cover the pan and, when the water reaches boiling point, turn the heat down. Let the potatoes cook until they are tender.
- Depending on the size of the pieces, cooking time will vary between fifteen and twenty minutes. Check the potatoes after about twelve minutes, testing them with a fork. If it penetrates easily, the potato is ready. If you have difficulty inserting the fork, cook for another five minutes.
- Carefully remove the lid from the pan - steam can burn it.
Step 5. Serve and enjoy
When the potatoes are tender, they are ready to be eaten. Turn off the heat and transfer them to a plate to serve immediately. Season as desired.
Sweet potatoes are (obviously) naturally sweet, so eat them however you like. In the next section you will find some suggestions if you don't want to eat them straight
Method 2 of 2: Revenue Variations
Step 1. Eat with butter, salt and pepper
This classic combination works with sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. It's not fancy, but it's a great option.
If desired, just add butter, salt and pepper after cooking the potatoes. If you're preparing a special dinner, serve the pure potatoes with side dishes so that people can season them as they wish
Step 2. Try sweet potatoes with garlic
Garlic may not seem like a good accompaniment to sweet foods, but its flavor complements the smoothness of the vegetable. Don't overdo it as it can easily overwhelm the light flavor of potatoes. This is one way to create a sweet potato dish with garlic:
- Cook potatoes normally.
- Add olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary to a bowl. Mix well and cover potatoes evenly with seasoning.
- Garnish with pumpkin seeds.
Step 3. Cook with onions
Onion is another tasty vegetable that goes well with sweet potatoes. As with garlic, don't overdo it so as not to detract from the natural taste of potatoes. For best results, use white, yellow or sweet onions – red onions have less sugar, so they are less sweet.
Adding onions to a sweet dish is easy: cut half an onion into small pieces and steam them in the pan along with the onions
Step 4. Season as desired
Adding the right seasoning to potatoes can make them look like a dessert without adding extra calories. Sweet and pungent spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves go great with sweet potatoes.
Add light sprinklings at the beginning – you can always add more, but never take out the spices already added
- A brown sugar topping is another common accompaniment, but it is tricky to use when steaming potatoes. The best option is to create the syrup using brown sugar and melted butter, cover the potatoes with it and transfer them to a preheated oven. As the potatoes are already cooked, take them out of the oven after ten minutes.
- Sweet potatoes come in many colors and flavors. They take about the same cooking time, so mix them together to create a colorful dish.