I was making fish tacos for dinner tonight. I didn’t have a side dish planned so I went online looking for ideas. I came upon a recipe for camote or sweet potatoes. This dish was easy to make just cooked sweet potatoes, honey, butter and cinnamon. About.com says prepared this way, sweet potatoes are a popular side dish in Mexico. Sweet potatoes are not to be confused with yams which are red skinned with orange flesh. Sweet potatoes have a beige skin and the flesh is creamy white. I remembered seeing these at the little market down the road so I jumped in the car and headed down to buy some. The hardest part of making this dish was peeling and dicing the potatoes. The result was delicious! Michael thought they tasted just like candied yams but I think the flavor was milder. The honey was an especially nice treat. I will make these again!
Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical areas of Mexico and parts of America. They were a large part of the Mayan diet and are now widley used in Mexican Cuisine, especially in the state of Puebla. Try this delicious baked sweet potato dish as your next side dish. *Note- Sweet Potatoes are different than yams. Yams have an orange flesh and a thin, somewhat waxy skin.
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup butter
- 1-2 dashes cinnamon (optional)
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into approx. 1 inch cubes. Place them in a buttered oven-safe dish, cover and bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Then remove and top with the remaining butter, honey and cinnamon. Bake uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes.