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Tropical Sweet Potatoes (VRP 036)

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Elevate your side dish game with Tropical Sweet Potatoes, an inventive recipe that blends the creamy richness of sweet potatoes with the zesty sweetness of pineapple and the exotic taste of coconut. This dish not only brings a splash of tropical flavors to your table but also adds a colorful, nutritious side to any meal. Perfect for holiday feasts or a special family dinner, these Tropical Sweet Potatoes promise to be a hit with guests and family members alike.

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Tropical Sweet Potatoes

A Short History:

Sweet potatoes have long been cherished for their versatility, nutritional value, and sweet flavor, making them a staple in various cuisines worldwide. The addition of tropical ingredients like pineapple and coconut introduces a creative fusion that reflects the modern palate’s appreciation for blending traditional and exotic flavors. This dish represents the evolving nature of culinary traditions, where the familiar meets the new to create something uniquely delicious.

Timeline:

  • Pre-Columbian Era: Sweet potatoes are cultivated in the Americas and become a vital food source.
  • 1492: Columbus introduces sweet potatoes to Europe, where they gain popularity.
  • 20th Century: Pineapple and coconut emerge as popular ingredients in Western cooking, often used to add a tropical flair to dishes.
  • Present Day: Tropical Sweet Potatoes embody the contemporary trend of mixing traditional ingredients with global flavors for a fresh, modern taste.

Tips for Perfect Tropical Sweet Potatoes:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use fresh sweet potatoes for the best flavor and texture. Opt for ripe, juicy pineapple and unsweetened coconut for natural sweetness.
  • Mashing: Ensure the sweet potatoes are thoroughly cooked before mashing to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency without lumps.
  • Balancing Flavors: Adjust the amount of brown sugar and cinnamon according to your preference for sweetness and spice.
  • Topping: For an extra crunchy texture, lightly toast the coconut before sprinkling it over the sweet potatoes.

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Tropical Sweet Potatoes

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Tropical Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Tropical Sweet Potatoes are a testament to the joy of experimenting in the kitchen and the pleasure of bringing diverse flavors to traditional dishes. This recipe offers a delightful way to incorporate the warmth of tropical flavors into your cooking, making it a standout dish that’s sure to garner compliments. So why not give your sweet potatoes a tropical makeover and watch them become the highlight of your meal?

Tropical Sweet Potatoes
Yield: 6 servings

Tropical Sweet Potatoes

Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • ¾ cup crushed drained pineapple
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 t. cinnamon
  • 1 T. butter
  • ½ cup coconut
  • ¼ cup drained pineapple

Instructions

  1. Mix potatoes and pineapple
  2. Beat in butter, salt, brown sugar & cinnamon
  3. Heap in 1½ quart casserole.
  4. Melt the second 1 T. butter and add coconut & ¼ cup pineapple.
  5. Sprinkle over top & bake 375 for 40".

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