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Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites


3 lb sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 small cloves garlic, sliced
3 tablespoons toasted desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
dash of hot pepper sauce
Salt to taste


  • Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in large saucepan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer until almost fork tender, about 4 minutes. Drain well and pat dry with paper towel.
  • In large skillet set over medium heat, melt butter, Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until soft, about 1 minute.
  • Remove garlic and discard. When butter in the skillet is hot, add cubes of potato and cook, turning until golden on each side, about 8 to 9 minutes.
  • Add coconut, lime juice, lime peel and hot pepper sauce to pan; carefully toss potatoes to coat evenly. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  • Skewer each potato cube with a decorative toothpick and arrange on serving platter.
  • Serve at room temperature.

Makes about 50 potato bites.

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Did You Know?
Besides simple starches, sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene (a vitamin A equivalent nutrient), vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Pink, yellow and green varieties are high in carotene, the precursor of vitamin A.

In 1992, the Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value. According to these criteria, sweet potatoes earned 184 points, 100 points over the next on the list, the common potato.

Sweet potato varieties with dark orange flesh have more beta carotene than those with light-colored flesh, and their increased cultivation is being encouraged in Africa, where vitamin A deficiency is a serious health problem. Despite the name "sweet", it may be a beneficial food for diabetics, as preliminary studies on animals have revealed it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and to lower insulin resistance.
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