All Hail the Sweet Potato

Our turkey turned out fantastic this year and I’m not too keen on sweet potatoes, so you’re preaching to a skeptic here…

MARK BITTMAN November 20, 2012, 9:00 pm

“…At the hands of all but the most experienced, careful or lucky cooks, the more than 700 million pounds of turkey we’ll buy this week will wind up with breast meat that’s cottony-dry and leg meat that is underdone, tough, stringy or all three. And although a friend of mine claims that this is how people like it — “it’s exactly how our grandmothers did it, and it’s what we grew up with,” he says — I believe this explains why we wastean estimated $282 million worth of turkey each year, enough to feed each food-insecure American with 11 servings.

But rather than get too cynical, allow me to celebrate another symbol of Thanksgiving, another native of the Americas, one that can be, should be and is a staple for millions year-round, one that is underappreciated even on a holiday that celebrates it, one that’s been overcooked, canned, smothered in marshmallows and otherwise abused: the sweet potato…”

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by | November 26, 2012 · 2:53 pm

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