Picture of Purple Sweet Potato Parfait
This odd little combination of a fool, a trifle, and a parfait was an experiment for Thanksgiving 2013. I used purple sweet potatoes instead of the standard orange variety, lots of whipped cream, and layers of ground, toasted coconut and macadamias, with a meringue on top. It turned out well! The kids were especially enthusiastic fans.

For future iterations I'll probably skip the big trifle bowl and make single servings in a wine glass.

Yes, you can definitely mod this recipe to use regular orange sweet potatoes. I'd probably swap the nut mixture to pecans as well.

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

Mixer (stand or hand-held)
Trifle bowl or glass single-serving units (wine glasses, 1/2 pint jam jars, etc)
Baking sheet
Aluminum Foil

Purple (Okinawan) sweet potatoes (3 cups cooked)
3 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons + 1/3 cup brown sugar
6 Tablespoons white sugar
1 cup coconut cream
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup grated coconut (unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon + pinch allspice
1/8 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt, more to taste
That sounds, and looks, awesome! I've never seen purple sweet potatoes before. I've made mashed potatoes with "regular" purple potatoes before and those were fun.
canida (author)  The Rambler1 year ago
Purple sweet potatoes taste significantly different than regular sweet potatoes, unlike purple regular potatoes which mostly just look awesome. :) Get some and just try roasting them first - you'll love them.
You're right they did look awesome but really had no difference in taste. I'll definitely have to try purple sweet potatoes now that I know they actually taste different. Now to find somewhere that carries them. I don't think I've ever seen them in my local Kroger (though maybe I just wasn't looking).
Sam DeRose1 year ago
This looks great Canida!
canida (author)  Sam DeRose1 year ago
I want to come to your thanksgiving next year :)
canida (author)  GlutenFreeMama1 year ago
Yes please! :D
johnray2k1 year ago
We call dat ubè
canida (author)  johnray2k1 year ago
Cool. Do you have any recipes to share?
Babies do love fire! This looks exquisite!
canida (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Everyone loves fire. :)
I will have to try that one for Christmas.
canida (author)  acousticlinux1 year ago
Great, let me know how it goes!
rvt19851 year ago
This looks so good... favorited to try next Thanksgiving. Purple sweet potatoes?! I was just getting used to yellow beets :) I hope I can find them!
canida (author)  rvt19851 year ago
Thank you!

Purple sweet potatoes are super-tasty, and the color is just gorgeous. Makes cooking with them so much fun. I'll be posting more recipes with them soon, so stay tuned.