Wednesday, July 26, 2006

HAWAIIAN SWEET POTATOES & Ono Sweet Potatoes & Aloha Sweet Potatoes

Hawaiina Sweet Potaotes are also called Okinawan sweet potatos. These potatos can be steamed, baked or microwaved and then mashed, sliced or cubed. They are brown on the outside and purple inside but will trun brown after a short period of time so you want to serve right after cooking.

To Steam: Poke a few holes with a fork or tip of a knife in a washed Hawaiian sweet potato, or cut a strip off all the way around. Steam 30-45 minutes until tender. You may want to cut into chunks to speed up cooking time.

To Bake: Poke holes, then bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes to an hour or until it tests soft when pierced with a fork. Scoop the soft meat out of the skin.

To Microwave: Cut in half lengthwise, peeling is optional. Put the cut side down in 1/2 to 1 inch of water microwave on high for 5-7 minutes.

Since real Hawwiian sweets potatoes are not that comm theses tow recip[es use regular sweet potatoes in a casserole recipe. The first recipe below uses canned sweet potaotes and bananas. The second one is sweet potaots and coconuts. Very different but very good. Ono is Hawaiian for delicious.

Ono Sweet Potatoes


1 (24 ounce) can sweet potatoes or yams, drained
3 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup crushed corn flakes
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash sweet potatoes and bananas with cinnamon and salt. Place in a buttered baking dish. Top with a thin layer of brown sugar. Mix nuts and corn flakes. Spread over brown sugar. Pour melted butter over top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6.

Aloha Sweet Potatoes


4 to 5 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brownsugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup shredded coconut


Boil sweet potatoes in their jackets until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool, then peel and cut into 1 1/2 inch thick slices. In a large skillet, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and water and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add sweet potatoes to skillet. Cook gently, tossing lightly until sweet potatoes are glazed. Sprinkle with coconut before serving.

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