Last spring, shortly after visiting ASW Distillery’s conduct whiskey-maker Justin Manglitz during his Franklin County farm, an email popped into my in-box.
“I planted many of my garden in honeyed potato slips a other day,” Justin wrote. By fall, he likely he’d have 800 pounds of bodacious Beauregards on hand. Perhaps, he suggested, we could rise a recipe for sweet-potato fries, “which are notoriously wily to do well.”
All summer and into a fall, we checked in with Justin to see how his honeyed potatoes were entrance along.
Been a bit rainy, he said.
Quite a cold fall. Vines still green. Not there yet.
The some-more Justin hemmed and hawed, a some-more we nudged. Meanwhile, we was starting to dream about what we would do with this stirring annuity of honeyed potatoes.
At a Global Growers advantage in September, several Decatur restaurants concocted sweet-potato dishes, nothing improved than Rising Son’s Southern sweet-potato souffle with pulled pig and Nepalese pepper-pecan crunch.
Rising Son prepare Hudson Rouse told me he wanted to use furnish from Global Growers, a nonprofit that empowers village farmers. When he saw a farm’s weekly offerings, he beheld 60 pounds of honeyed potatoes on a list. He immediately systematic 40 pounds.
Inspired by his South Georgia grandmother’s sweet-potato casserole, he concocted a layered event of crushed honeyed potatoes, surfaced by luscious pulled pig and a buttery pecan pulp with a spirit of cinnamon. Rouse not usually common a recipe though also supposing instructions on how to eat it.
“This plate is meant to be consumed with some of any part in each bite,” he said. “It is also accompanied really good with collard greens or immature beans.”
If we are looking for a holiday crowd-pleaser, you’ve strike a jackpot. Don’t feel like smoking a Boston butt? Order some pulled pig from your favorite grill joint.
When Justin gave me a pointer that his taters were developed for digging, we done promptness to his farm, holding with me a collection of ready-to-fry Sweet Potato Tots, a side that had held my eye when we read Chris Kronner’s “A Burger to Believe In” (Ten Speed Press, $29.99).
Part of a fun was witnessing Justin trowel honeyed potatoes uninformed out of a belligerent (he wouldn’t let me help!), afterwards get in a kitchen to rise his recipe. we already knew he was an glorious grill cook, carrying sampled his duck tenders and French fries on my open visit.
Understand, Justin creates ASW Distillery’s award-winning portfolio of whiskeys. Naturally, he’s got a penetrating eye (and mouth and sniffer) for a scholarship of food and drink. If he can charm caramel records from pellet mash, suppose what he can do with honeyed potatoes. After a integrate of french-fry runs, he motionless they were best pre-baked, afterwards crisped in prohibited peanut oil. Try his recipe; you’ll agree.
Of march honeyed potatoes play a starring purpose in tumble desserts, from pies and bruise cakes to cookies and doughnuts.
A series of honeyed treats in Jenne Claiborne’s “Sweet Potato Soul” (Harmony Books, $19.99) caught my eye. Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie, Sweet Potato-Tahini Cookies, Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies, No-Bake Sweet Potato Gingerbread Bars: This vegan prepare knows from honeyed potatoes. She even whips adult a Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie.
In a end, a dessert that prisoner my imagination was Nik Sharma’s Sweet Potato Bebinca, that he attributes to his Indian grandmother. (What is it about grannnies and honeyed potatoes?)
“Bebinca is a ultimate Goan dessert, an egg and coconut divert pudding, that can be done several opposite ways,” Sharma writes in his rapturously perceived cookbook, “Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food” (Chronicle Books, $35). Scented with nutmeg and a bit of turmeric for color, his grandmother’s “mock bebinca” strikes me as a happy matrimony of flan and Southern honeyed potato pie.
It’s also super-easy to assemble. You don’t even have to take out a mixer; only stir all together in a one vast bowl.
You can substantially see where this is going: On my Thanksgiving table, that’s where. If I’m lucky, maybe Justin will mark me a few of his honeyed potatoes.
Sweet potatoes 3 ways
From fries to a stew with pulled pig and pecans to a honeyed provide from India, here are 3 superb recipes for tumble honeyed potatoes
Justin Manglitz’s Sweet Potato French Fries
As with all boiled foods, heat is everything, so use a thermometer. Make as many batches as we want, regulating about one vast honeyed potato per person.
Hudson Rouse’s Pulled Pork with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Pecans
Rising Son prepare Hudson Rouse served this plate during a Global Growers advantage during Decatur Cemetery in September. A riff on his South Georgia grandma’s honeyed potato souffle, he infrequently facilities it on a cooking menu of his Avondale Estates restaurant.
Nik Sharma’s Sweet Potato Bebinca
This flanlike honeyed is easy to make and keeps well. Jaggery is an direct brownish-red sugarine frequently used in India; it can be found during general supermarkets online. we used muscovado sugar.