It’s always fun to discover new foods. It’s even better when that food instantly becomes one of your favorites. The Japanese Sweet Potato did exactly that for both Justin and myself. I found them tucked away on the bottom row of a whole shelving unit full of other sweet potato varieties at our local natural food market, Mama Jeans. They have a purplish-red skin, and a cream-colored flesh slightly darker than a Russet, but definitely lighter than your everyday sweet potato. The color alone, had be intrigued, and I’m so glad I decided to try them.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never prepared a Japanese Sweet Potato any other way than baked, but that’s only because I haven’t found a need to! I poke a couple holes in them, and toss ’em in the oven at 425 until they are soft, just like a regular baked potato. Their texture is fluffy, soft, and far less fibrous than regular sweet potatoes tend to be. The skin can get a little chewy if you over bake, but I still eat it because I think it adds a nice texture and flavor. The sweetness though (drool) is what makes this tater unbelievably spectacular! This thing doesn’t even needs seasoning it’s so good. Seek this purple-y potato out folks, you won’t regret it!
It felt almost wrong to even consider stuffing this thing, but I figured I would give it a try anyways because I needed a cheap, simple way to create a meal for my food prep client that would be easy to eat on the go. Justin was immediately jealous that a client would get to enjoy this new treat instead of him. I’m pretty sure I heard a whimper when I told him to back away! So without further ado, here is the recipe…
- 5 Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Baked
- 30 ounces Simply Shredded Chicken
- 8 ounces, BBQ Sauce
- Poke holes, wrap in foil (optional), and bake the Sweet Potatoes at 425 until soft, about 40 minutes.
- Toss the Simply Shredded Chicken in a large bowl with your favorite barbecue sauce
- Slice the baked sweet potatoes almost in half and stuff it with 7-8 ounces of your chicken mixture
- If you cannot find a Japanese Sweet Potato, a regular sweet potato will work just fine!
- These are Justin-sized portions, so scale back as you see fit. For me, half of one portion would be plenty!
Our BBQ Sauce of choice for this dish is Preacher Boys Pineapple Secret Sauce.