Purple SWEET Potato Waffles
If you have never heard of an Okinawan sweet potato....you are not alone, I had never seen one either.
Evidently, they have been around in Hawaii and Japan for 300 years. (I am always late to the party).
One night, after too much wine, I was browsing instagram.
I saw some gorgeous photos of dishes made with PURPLE SWEET POTATOES. I must have these! Now!
I am familiar w/ purple potatoes, but purple sweet potatoes? I love sweet potatoes.
I needed to find these right away.
So I went online, and did some late night research, under the influence.
I wound up mail ordering 15 lbs. of a variety grown in California called STOKE'S PURPLE SWEETS.
I forgot all about them, and the holidays came and went....and then one freezing day, the box arrived filled with these huge, long purple potatoes via FedEx.
What the hell am I going to do with 15 lbs of potatoes?
Supposedly a "super food" filled with antioxidants and all that good stuff.....
I gave some away to friends.....share the health/wealth.
I found a lot of cake/brownie recipes.....but decided to just bake one solo in the oven first. The directions on the label said bake at 350F for 2 hours! That's too long!
I started off slow, and just baked one for a little over an hour in a 375F oven. The aroma coming from the oven was like a delicious baked good.....vanilla and nutty smell, kind of odd, but delicious smelling, and that was plenty of time to bake the potato.
They came out very creamy, dense, rich and nutty tasting.
I topped one half with yogurt, scallions, black beans, and beet pesto. Ok, maybe a little too healthy for most of you, but I was pretending to be a health nut for the day.......
I roasted them with some olive oil and kosher salt and made yummy potato coins.
On to more fun.
I came up with this delicious Sunday morning waffle recipe. I saved half of the baked sweet potato and mashed it for the next day.
These were the best waffles ever.
By the way, a few days later, someone told me that Whole Foods sell purple sweet potatoes, so you don't have to buy 15 lbs, you can just buy one if you like. ;)
1 cup of mashed purple SWEET potato
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp orange zest
3 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp sugar
pecans and maple syrup for the top
Mix everything except the syrup and pecans together in a bowl, the batter will be thick.
Preheat your waffle maker and make sure you coat the top and bottom with cooking spray......believe, me, I have forgotten that step, and the waffles will stick like glue!
Place lid down and cook 5-6 minutes.
Plate waffles and serve w/ toasted pecans and maple syrup.
Purple food rules.