Looking for a nutritious and delicious way to transition out of sugary sweet fare when making cannabis edibles? Consider the humble sweet potato. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied by the vegetable’s mellow flavor while your body will thank you for the powerful nutritional boost sweet potatoes provide.
High in all the good stuff
High in beta-carotene (Vitamin A), vitamin C, manganese, niacin, vitamin B1, B2, B6, phosphorus, and potassium. High in antioxidants, the nutrients in sweet potatoes can help protect the skin, improve cardiovascular health, protect against vision loss and macular degeneration, stabilize blood sugar levels, can help prevent cancer, and more.
You can use versatile sweet potatoes in a variety of ways. Try roasting, baking, grilling, or steaming, sweet potatoes for a simple side dish.
High in dietary fiber, sweet potatoes they can help you feel full and help those trying to watch their weight. Even indulgent foods like French Fries become healthier by making them with sweet potatoes.
Yams vs. sweet potatoes: what’s in a name?
The long, red-skinned, bright orange-fleshed, starchy root most people call yams are in fact sweet potatoes. True yams are paler in skin and flesh. If you cut into your “sweet potato” only to see white flesh, you’ve got yourself a yam!
Technically you could use them interchangeably in recipes, however, you’ll generally get better results with sweet potatoes as yams tend to be drier, more starchy, and less flavorful. While you can find both in American markets, sweet potatoes are far more common.
Buying and storing sweet potatoes
For best flavor look for smooth skinned, small to medium sized sweet potatoes. Avoid vegetables with soft spots or blemishes.
Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated space.
Medicating sweet potatoes with cannabis
You can easily add cannabis to most sweet potato recipes substituting cannabis-infused butter or cannabis-infused oil for some or all of the butter or oil in the original recipe. How much you will use will depend on your needs. Check out Cooking with Cannabis 101 for more information on dosing.
Sweet Potato Recipes
With this Thanksgiving dinner worthy side dish recipe, each person gets their own sweet potato, stuffed with butter, brown sugar, pecans and, of course, the traditional miniature marshmallows. Break out your dab torch, it will come in handy when preparing this recipe.
Makes 4 Servings
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons cannabis-infused butter, chilled
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, chilled
- 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecan pieces
- 1/3 cup miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Scrub sweet potatoes well and prick with a fork several times.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the potato goes in easily.
While sweet potatoes are baking, prepare topping. In a medium bowl mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
Cut the chilled canna-butter and butter into small pieces and using a fork, mix with the sugar mixture until it the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the pecans and set aside.
When potatoes are cooked, remove from oven and slice them down the center lengthwise. Push the ends towards the middle so the potato opens up.
Stuff each potato generously with the topping and return to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until sugar and butter are melted and bubbling.
Remove from oven and top each potato with miniature marshmallows. Return to the oven just until marshmallows start to brown, about 6 minutes. If you leave them too long, the marshmallows will melt, which still tastes great but is not as pretty.
For a prettier presentation, add marshmallows to the potatoes and instead of returning to oven, use your dab torch (or kitchen torch) to quickly brown the marshmallows.