Purple Sweet Potato Parfait

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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.

Paso 1: Tools and Ingredients

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

Ingredients:
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

Paso 2: Whip Cream

Combine in mixer bowl:
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Whip until cream forms stiff peaks. Taste test: it should have good vanilla/allspice flavor, but not be too terribly sweet.

Paso 3: Whip sweet potato

Bake sweet potatoes at 350F for 1-2 hours, or until nice and squishy. Allow to cool, then scoop out and mash the flesh.

Combine 3 cups roasted purple sweet potato with 1 cup coconut cream, 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then mix thoroughly. If you've got a KitchenAid mixer, use the paddle attachment.

Next, add 2 cups whipped cream, and whisk everything together until well-mixed and fluffy. Swap to the whisk attachment if you're using a KitchenAid. Taste and adjust seasoning - add more salt or sugar until you want to just eat the sweet potato mix with a spoon.
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Sam+DeRose
Sam+DeRose dice: Dic 7, 2013. 1:09 PM
This looks great Canida!
canida
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:17 AM
Thanks!
GlutenFreeMama
GlutenFreeMama dice: Dic 7, 2013. 7:47 AM
I want to come to your thanksgiving next year :)
canida
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:17 AM
Yes please! :D
The+Rambler
The+Rambler dice: Dic 6, 2013. 11:58 AM
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
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:16 AM
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.
The+Rambler
The+Rambler dice: Dic 10, 2013. 11:14 AM
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).
johnray2k
johnray2k dice: Dic 6, 2013. 9:10 AM
We call dat ubè
canida
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:15 AM
Cool. Do you have any recipes to share?
audreyobscura
audreyobscura dice: Dic 5, 2013. 7:37 PM
Babies do love fire! This looks exquisite!
canida
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:15 AM
Everyone loves fire. :)
acousticlinux
acousticlinux dice: Dic 5, 2013. 5:19 AM
I will have to try that one for Christmas.
canida
canida dice: Dic 9, 2013. 10:15 AM
Great, let me know how it goes!
rvt1985
rvt1985 dice: Dic 4, 2013. 3:41 PM
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
canida dice: Dic 4, 2013. 4:52 PM
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.