Saddleback Staples - Sweet Potatoes

While most places will give you a sweet potato as fries or twice baked, Saddleback gives its customers a mashed sweet potato. We start by cooking down raw sweets before baking and pulling them, then mixing in brown sugar and margarine.  While this is happening, we reduce vernors down to a caramelized syrup, add in brown sugar, cloves, and ginger before mixing it together with the sweet potatoes. An already wonderfully tasting flavor is supplemented with crispy sweet straws, which we make by slicing up a whole sweet potato into spaghetti-like pieces, fried to a bright orange and seasoned with sugar, cinnamon, and keyane. Consistent with a sweet potato pie, this is a wonderful fall and winter dish that adds unique flavors to a classic side dish.