Smoked sweet potato with lemon zest

A simple preparation of sweet potato that highlights all the aspects of this ingredient. This component is also the perfect basis for further preparation.

Creation by Gijs Kemmeren, GK Foods, Raamsdonksveer, the Netherlands.

Smoked sweet potato with lemon zest

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sweet potatoes




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woodchips for smoking

Preparation method

  • Thoroughly wash the sweet potatoes.
  • Cover a baking tray with a 1cm layer of coarse salt.
  • Push the sweet potatoes into the salt, but ensure that they do not touch the baking tray.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes at 140°C for 50 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
  • Remove any salt from the skin and cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise.
  • Smoke the sweet potatoes in a food smoker for about three minutes.
  • Take them out of the smoker and remove the skin.
  • Grate the fresh lemon rind over the sweet potatoes and cover with cling film until serving.

Serving suggestions

  • As part of a main course. Portion the sweet potatoes and warm up in the oven at 150°C. Serve with components of fennel, mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork or beef.
  • Experiment and process the sweet potato into a cream or mousse.

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