Baked sweet potatoes with speck, cloves and maple syrup

Baked sweet potatoes with speck, cloves and maple syrup

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Serves
4
Photographer
Billy Law

Sweet potatoes have been cultivated as a source of food for thousands of years. New Zealand’s Maori have a long history of cultivating kumara, though compared to the varieties we eat today they tended to be small — generally no bigger than a finger. The sweet potato evolved from an American vegetable, and over time red, gold and orange potatoes have been cultivated. It’s a very nutritious vegetable, high in vitamins A and C.

There are endless ways to prepare sweet potatoes, but, just like potatoes baked in their skins, you can’t beat the flavour when they’re simply prepared. Here are two of my favourite ways to cook sweet potatoes on the barbecue.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 sweet potatoes, washed and dried
8 strips speck or smoked streaky bacon
4 cloves
2 tablespoons maple syrup
salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Method

  1. Wrap each sweet potato in two pieces of speck or bacon. Use cloves to secure the bacon.
  2. Firmly wrap each sweet potato in two sheets of foil.
  3. Prepare your barbecue for cooking over a medium heat. If using charcoal, insert the sweet potatoes along the edge of the coals; if using gas, place them over the gas burners on the grilling bars.
  4. Cook the sweet potatoes until they are quite soft. Depending on the size of the vegetables, this may take 30 minutes.
  5. When cooked, discard the foil, slit the sweet potatoes open with a sharp knife and place on a serving plate.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup and season with salt and pepper. Serve straight away.
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