Sweet potatoes are a wonderful resource for chefs and restaurants; not only are these tubers delicious and healthful, they are widely available year round. There are many clever and contemporary ways to integrate sweet potatoes into your menu, while also creating some distinctive dishes that pay homage to the sweet taste and tender flesh of this potato variety.

Three tactics to incorporate more sweet potatoes into your restaurant dishes include:

Whenever your recipe or menu calls for potatoes, consider substituting with sweet potatoes. The flesh is tender, and the tuber holds up well to baking, frying, and mashing. Try a salty-sweet taste profile by pairing sweet potatoes with bacon or salty cheese, like parmesan. Sweet potatoes work well in both sweet and savory recipes.

Try alternating sweet potatoes and other, more expected, starches in your menus. For instance, if you traditionally serve mashed potatoes with a steak, try serving with mashed sweet potatoes intermittently. Your diners and patrons will tell you which they prefer- and what they want to eat!

Think outside the box when it comes to adding sweet potatoes to your menu- don’t restrict yourself to frying or mashing these tubers. Try something creative, like a savory sweet potato pudding, or serve a dessert of sweet potato gnocchi, drizzled in warmed maple syrup. Come up with unexpected ways to take full advantage of the versatility, smooth texture, and flavor profile of sweet potatoes.

Try incorporating sweet potatoes into more of your restaurant dishes and menus. These delicious tubers are healthful, providing vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that will give your dishes a healthful punch! Try substituting, alternating, and innovating to get your diners and clients to eat more wonderfully-versatile sweet potatoes.

There are many easy and versatile ways to incorporate the nutritious value of sweet potatoes into your daily diet. These tasty tubers pack a punch of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber and they are a widely available and inexpensive component to many delicious recipes.

Sweet potatoes are far more than the traditional, marshmallow-topped casserole that you enjoy on the holidays; consider some less conventional, very tasty ways to benefit from these healthful potatoes.

Consider the following recipe ideas and preparation suggestions for sweet potatoes:

Best breakfast items.

The Vitamin A and Potassium in sweet potatoes make them the natural, nutritious way to start out your day. Try some sweet potato pancakes or our Trinity diced sweet potatoes for a filling, fiber-packed choice for breakfast. Drizzle with some pure, warmed maple syrup for the perfect Sunday morning!

Special savory dishes.

Try a new twist on simple mashed potatoes with savory sweet potatoes with bacon and Swiss. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes pairs perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon and the richness of the cheese, for a salty-sweet taste combination that will please any palate.

Scrumptious sweets and desserts.  

Instead of serving pumpkin pie this holiday season, try something a little bit different and unexpected. This sweet potato pudding makes a sweet and delicious finish to a meal, or simply fill your homemade pastry or pre-made crust with this delicious pudding mixture for a can’t-miss pie.

Make sweet potatoes a nutritious part of your family’s meals, any day, and try some of these serving suggestions. Consider the many healthful advantages of these tender-fleshed tubers, and use them in lieu of other potatoes, starches, or produce.

Sweet potatoes are fast-becoming the tuber of choice for fine chefs, home cooks, and consumers widely due to their versatility and nutritional value. The majority of the sweet potatoes used in the U.S. come from the warm climate of North Carolina, and the farmers in this region have honed the skill of growing the best sweet potatoes found.

The process of growing sweet potatoes is an art, and it focuses on the following factors:

Soil and care.

Farmers and agriculturalists know that the best potatoes, like wine, come from rich, nutritious soil. The Southeastern United States is prime growing territory for these sweet-fleshed tubers. The farmers in this region possess an inherent knowledge about growing sweet potatoes; this could account for the fact that North Carolina is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in this country. This expertise and level of care about the potatoes brings forth a delicious, high-quality result.

Sun and water.

Sunny conditions and a mild climate contribute to how sweet your potato will be. In North Carolina, the sun shines year-round, keeping the soil warm and fertile, which provides the perfect environment for sweet potatoes to thrive and prosper. The soil is not only nourished to remain rich, it needs to have adequate irrigation to drain excess water or precipitation, which prevents any potential compromise to the quality of the tuber.

Storage and distribution.

Sweet potatoes are harvested and hand-selected to ensure quality control, and that only the best produce reaches the distributors and buyers. It is important to know just the right time to harvest sweet potatoes, and quick distribution ensures fresh, sweet produce when it reaches the market, a kitchen, or your dinner table.

There is a process to grow quality sweet potatoes, and farms in North Carolina seem to have gotten this down to a science. Whether buying tubers to feed an army or for a family meal, consider the roots of your sweet potatoes, such as where they come from and how they were grown.

North Carolina’s Sweet Potato business is a booming industry, providing the country with the freshest, sweetest potatoes around. Whether buying potatoes for distribution, manufacturing- such as frozen potato products and fries- or when feeding your own family, look first for those potatoes that are from the farms and experienced growers in this southern state.

Some things that set North Carolina sweet potatoes apart include:

Sunny, southern roots.

The climate has a lot to do with the richness and nutrients found in tubers from this eastern region of the southern US. North Carolina farms are home to more than 50 percent of the sweet potatoes distributed across the country, which gives these farmers expertise in the growing and distribution of this golden crop.

Attention to quality.

The crops comprising North Carolina’s sweet potato business go through a rigorous process to maintain quality and eliminate any potatoes that don’t live up to the standards of the farms producing them. These are shipped nationwide to provide an extensive consumer audience with the sweetest, most tender potatoes found through markets, food service distributors, and manufacturers.

A nutritious legacy.

North Carolina’s sweet potato business is a legacy, an agricultural industry that the state has been proud of for generations. Sweet potatoes provide essential nutrients, including vitamin A, beta-carotene, and potassium, which are an integral part of a healthful daily diet.

When making food choices for your family, friends, or customers, choose sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina. The climate, quality, and legacy of agriculture in this region result in the best product available.

The versatility of a sweet potato fry makes it a smart side or ingredient for any Chef or Cook to experiment with or serve. Sweet Potato Fries taste great and have amazing health benefits, but can be a great new tool in any Chef’s arsenal as they can be used as a base in a vegetable dish or as an appetizer with an eclectic dip.

Some healthy reasons to serve sweet potato fries include:

  1. Gluten-free.

Look for sweet potato fries that are prepared with a gluten-free batter like a rice-based batter. This type of batter creates a light and crisp coating that contrasts perfectly with the tender flesh of the sweet potato. With so many individuals, particularly children, being found to have adverse reactions or allergies to gluten, it makes sense to seek out tasty alternatives that anyone can enjoy.

  1. Fiber.

Fiber is something that every individual needs in their diet; yet it can be challenging to find food sources that are high in fiber and still appealing to a wide range of tastes. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which is necessary to keep bodily systems functioning efficiently and smoothly. In fact, sweet potatoes have a little bit more fiber than regular white potatoes per cup, so serving sweet potato fries is a wise move.

  1. Nutrients.

Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients and natural sweet potato fries have an uncanny ability to raise the level of Vitamin A in your blood system when consumed. Children especially benefit from this Vitamin A, so adding sweet potato fries to a lunch or simple supper is a smart and conscientious choice.

  1. Taste.

What it all comes down to in most culinary situations is flavor – how does it taste? The best sweet potato fries are made from all natural ingredients using sweet potatoes grown locally and processed in plants designed and dedicated to the production of the best sweet potato fries.  Look for a rice-based batter used in these fries creates a crunchy texture that doesn’t compromise the nutritional value of the sweet potato.

  1. Convenience.

Often times it comes down to convenience; look for trusted brands that provide locally grown natural sweet potato fries, which are shipped directly to food service distributors, restaurants and grocery stores. Chefs are discovering the many advantages of using natural sweet potato fries in their most raved about dishes.

As we like to say, we’re not your average sweet potato fry guys. The story behind Trinity Frozen Foods is pretty cool, and we’re proud of how we came to be the sweet potato “David” who’s giving the Goliaths something to think about. So, after getting a few questions from folks out there, we thought we’d share our story here.

We’re a bunch of sweet potato farmers, businessmen and food service veterans who love sweet potatoes and their frozen counter parts, most specifically sweet potato fries. We were baffled by the fact that the region of the USA that grows over 50% of the sweet potatoes and is the acknowledged lead supplier of the type of sweet potato that produces the best sweet potato fry (yes, you can really tell a big difference) did not have a sweet potato fry plant. And, the sweet potato fry plants that did exist elsewhere, were typically converted versions of other older, outdated plants, thus not well suited to do justice to such a wonderful food product as a sweet potato.

We set out to fix that void and in 2013, we assembled the best known team of engineers, food service experts and food craftsmen, then we created Trinity Frozen Foods, so that our families and yours can now have sweet potato fries like they were intended to be served. Grown in the best dirt, processed in a plant designed just to make them and built by the best sweet potato craftsmen in North America – right in the heart of North Carolina Sweet Potato Country.

We like to say our sweet potato fries taste like, well, sweet potatoes – pure and simple. And that’s how the chefs who use them like them – a clean canvas for their culinary artwork. That’s also how the folks who buy them like – tasting like a sweet potato fry should taste. And that’s our story, pure and simple.

 

 

 

In preparation for grills across this nation to light up this weekend, we quote the one and only Anthony Bourdain… And wish you all very happy Independence Day!

 

We recently noticed some tweets that included both #sweetpotatoes and #yams as if they were the same thing, and it made us gasp! As true North Carolina Sweet Potato people, we took that as a sign that the air needed to cleared… Nothing against the Yam – it is what it is. But it isn’t a sweet potato – not even on the same branch of the family tree!

So, we were in the midst of creating our own colorful, clever, infographic on the matter when we can across this guy and his blog, which included more than one (very accurate) rant on the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. We thought, why re-invent the wheel (or the sweet potato vs. yam infographic), and opted to share his with you here:

Handy Sweet Potato v. Yam info from Colin Purrington.

Handy Sweet Potato v. Yam info from Colin Purrington.

See how far apart sweet potatoes and yams are on this plant family tree?

See how far apart sweet potatoes and yams are on this plant family tree?

So there you have it. Next time you see your sweet potatoes mis-labeled as yams at the grocery store, you can take a minute to educate the produce manager. Or you can just take pride, quietly, in knowing that you’re a little wiser and your Sweet Potato Love goes a little deeper than most.

Alright, we’re going to keep this one short and sweet (yes, we did that!). It’s National Donut Day, or maybe you prefer National Doughnut Day. Regardless, we’re ready to help you indulge in celebrating such an important summer day while also sharing the Sweet Potato Love that brings you here.

So, we invite you to visit the gang over at Spoon Fork Bacon (HERE: Sweet Potato Spudnuts), and whip up some Sweet Potato Donuts for dessert tonight. You’re welcome.

 

 

Ever wonder how to take your sweet potato love from fall and winter to spring and summer? Don’t be embarrassed if you nodded your head, it’s happened to many a cook. In our quest to share our sweet potato love beyond the Thanksgiving table we are bringing you dishes over the next few weeks that help our favorite food shine in the warmer months.  When we came across the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach and Grapes from The Roasted Root we had to share. Jump on over to the recipe, see how easy and delicious it is, and take it on your next picnic. You’ll be glad you did.