Vegetable

The whole thing started when I explained how to root a sweet potato. Then a short time later, I teased you with a sweet potato update, but I still didn’t tell you why I was rooting Mr. Sweet Potato Head.

You don’t have to wait any longer to find out what I’ve been up to with the rooted and grown sweet potato…

Mr. Sweet Potato Head Grew

As miraculous as it may be, I didn’t kill the sweet potato plant. Nope! The roots stayed clear as did the water. Actually, the water was so clear, I never had to change it. All I did was keep adding room temperature water to the mason jar as Mr. Sweet Potato Head drank it up.

As you can tell, the leaves grew large and were so green.

Sweet Potato Shoots In Mason Jar Water 1

Sweet Potato Shoots Recipe

“Were” is definitely the operative word because the green sweet potato shoots and leaves have been cooked. *gasp*

Let me tell you how I prepared this sweet potato shoots recipe.

First you have to cut the leaves and shoots off the sweet potato. Then rough chop the shoots into a manageable size that will fit in the pan.

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Submerge the greens into a boiling pot of water. For thicker shoots, keep them boiling in the water for 1-2 minutes. For young leaves and softer shoots, boil for 30 seconds. Remove the quickly boiled (this is called blanching) greens and put them in a colander to drain.

Sweet Potato Shoots Recipe blanch strainer 3

Now rough chop 5 cloves of garlic for about 5 cups of sweet potato shoots and leaves.

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In a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, slowly begin the process of browning the garlic by cooking for 1-2 minutes.

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Add the sweet potato shoots and leaves to the browning garlic. Cook on high quickly for a couple of minutes to allow the garlic flavor to permeate the shoots. I also added a dash of salt, pepper and teaspoon of butter for flavor.

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Serve as a side dish.

I had the sweet potato shoots and leaves with a steak and eggs. Maybe it sounds like a meal that didn’t really “go” together, but all the dishes sure did taste good.

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The garlic and shoots were soft, but not smooshie. I guess a better description would be that they were tender yet still had substance.

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What exactly did the sweet potato shoots taste like…

They were mild in flavor. Not bitter. Not shocking to the taste buds. Not overwhelmingly powerful in flavor. Just mild.

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However, the shoots and leaves were quite delicious.

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Would you like a bite?

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You better hurry because they are going fast!

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If you are wondering where Mr. Sweet Potato Head is now, I’ll give you the update tomorrow plus some interesting things I’ve learned during his growing process. 🙂

Sweet Potato Shoots Recipe

5 cups sweet potato shoots and leaves, rough chopped
5 garlic cloves, rough chopped
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (or water/chicken stock)
dash of salt (optional)
dash of pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon butter (optional)

Cut the leaves and shoots off the sweet potato. Then rough chop the shoots into a manageable size that will fit in the pan. Submerge the greens into a boiling pot of water. For thicker shoots, keep the greens boiling in the water for 1-2 minutes. For young leaves and softer shoots, boil for 30 seconds. Remove the quickly boiled (this is called blanching) greens and put them in a colander to drain.

Rough chop 5 cloves of garlic. In a tablespoon of garlic oil, slowly begin the process of browning the garlic by cooking for 1-2 minutes.

Add the sweet potato shoots and leaves to the browning garlic. Cook on high quickly for a couple of minutes to allow the garlic flavor to permeate the shoots. Add a dash of salt, pepper and teaspoon of butter for flavor.

Serve as a side dish. Two servings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Sweet Potato Posts:
How To Root A Sweet Potato For Garden Planting Or?
Sweet Potato Update, A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words
How Is Mr. Sweet Potato Head Sprouting?
Sweet Potato Shoots Recipe & Mr. Sweet Potato Head
Lessons I Learned From A Sweet Potato, Specifically Mr. Sweet Potato Head

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