Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lemony Sweet Potatoes

One of  last month's Allrecipe's Allstar assignments was to visit the AR Australian/New Zealand site and make, review and provide a picture for recipes on it that didn't have a picture yet.   I decided to give the Baked Lemon Kumara recipe a try.  If you are asking yourself what a kumara's a sweet potato!  Who knew? 

I have used oranges in my sweet potatoes for years now, but never lemon. I changed up the recipe because I made a mash instead of leaving the sweet potatoes cubed as instructed in the original recipe.  I reduced the butter and only used one lemon. What I came out with was a really unique, quite tasty, side dish my entire family loved. Even my husband, who shuns sweet potatoes, gave this dish two thumbs up.  The lemon tones down the natural sweetness of the potatoes and brightens the dish up.  It pairs great with chicken or pork.

Lemony Sweet Potatoes
adapted from allrecipes

Servings - about 6 or 7    Serving size - 1/2 cup     Points Plus per serving - 3 Points+
Calories - 128,   Total Fat - 4g,   Carb. - 23.3g,   Protein - 1.9g,   Fiber - 3g

3 large sweet potatoes (yams)
2 TBS unsalted butter, melted
2 TBS brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. lemon zest
salt and pepper, to taste

1.  Bake sweet potatoes in oven or in microwave until soft.  While still hot, cut open and scoop out orange flesh into a large bowl.*   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray. 

2,  Add the butter, brown sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest to the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork or potato masher just until the additions are incorporated into the potatoes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Spread into prepared baking dish and bake for  about 20 minutes or until hot.  

*You could let the baked potatoes cool before scooping out the flesh (your fingers would thank you), then add the rest of the ingredients and put in a baking dish to heat up later.  You will need additional minutes on the baking time to get them hot if prepared this way. 

It was so fun browsing through a recipe website catering to a different country and culture.  I made several recipes on this site...some turned out good, some not so much.  There were conversions to be done.  Some ingredients had different names.
As I mentioned...even my self-proclaimed sweet potato hating husband ate these and said they were good.  So give them a shot! 



  1. Sounds fantastic! Bookmarking this one also :)

    1. I hope you can find time to make them! Easy and delicious.

  2. I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes either, but I may have to give this a try since your hubs gave them the thumbs up! I WANT to like them :-)

    1. lol...Kim, I thought for sure he would just scrape them into the disposal or into the dog's dish, but I watched him eat them. They are definitely unique this way. You'll have to let me know what you think if you make them.

  3. That sounds really good Renee!! Have a great weekend!

  4. mmm mmm. I think I like every version of sweet potatoes! So darn good. These look amazing

  5. Now that is a combination I have not thought of but I see how it would work! Love it!

  6. This is a great idea! We cook a lot of sweet potatoes because my one year old loves them and I'm always looking for different ways to flavor them. I'll have to give lemon a try!

  7. My SIL loves, loves, sweet potatoes - I think she'll love this! Thanks Renee - hope you have a great weekend!


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