We went along to the FESTIVAL DA BATATA-DOCE in Aljezur last weekend and it was really enjoyable!
Although the event focused on the Sweet Potato (Batata-Doce) there were lots of other stands selling local crafts and food. These included cakes, herbs, liquors, local wine, honey, the famous Monchique Sausage, and of course several different Sweet Potato cakes (Bolos da Batata-Doce) etc Hmmm Delicious!!
There were also various cookery demonstrations presenting recipes using sweet potatoes. I could not understand a word but we sampled one dish, bacalhau with some concoction of sweet potato and various other ingredients. It tasted great, but unfortunately I lost the recipe sheet so I am still none the wiser as to what it was!
The municipality claim that the famous “roots of reddish skin and yellow flesh” plus the great taste of the Batata-Doce de Aljezur, is down to the quality of the land, water, clean air and climate along with the agricultural techniques. Further research revealed that the Batata-Doce de Aljezur, is actually a certified regional product (IGP – Indicação Geográfica Protegida)
Caught up in the moment and eager to try some new recipes I bought a whole sack of these potatoes. Hmmm… I hope they freeze well otherwise we will also be eating them for breakfast. Sweet potato and cornflakes I wonder if that’s a first?. Apparently, the sweet potato is extremely versatile and can be baked, boiled or fried and used in either savoury or sweet dishes. The search is now on for some interesting recipes!
Sweet Potato Mash
HELP! I need inspiration please share your favourite recipes…