I was surprised in the garden yesterday to see the sweet potatoes blooming. A pretty flower, like a morning glory, which is in the same plant family. There has been a battle of sorts going on for the past couple of months between the sweet potatoes which always grow rampant and run over everything around them and the Long Island Cheese squash.
Sweet potatoes are one of the happiest crops in our climate. There is a reason North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the country raising close to 40% of all the sweet potatoes grown in the US, they grow VERY happily here. Lately, eating the greens seems to be the rage, everyone is talking about it, and the way they grow, its worth trying. So last night we did. Just the tender tips and youngest leaves, washed and sauteed like spinach in olive oil with a little garlic, S&P, they were quite tasty. I've heard they are also super nutritious. Researching a bit I see its recommended that they are blanched in boiling water for a couple of minutes before stir-frying them, but we did not do that and they were still good.
This one here is the biggest and best. 12.5 Pounds
I can just see Cinderella riding off to the ball in this dude
So for the spoon bread, here's the recipe which is a doubling of the original from the Joy of Cooking, plus my embellishments, always embellishing...
Buttermilk Spoon Bread 6-8 servingsPour 3 cups boiling water over 2 cups yellow cornmeal, mix well and let cool
beat together 2 eggs, 2 T melted butter, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 t baking soda and 1.5 t salt
Scrape the kernels from two ears of corn (or open a can or use frozen, about 1 cup of kernels)
Roast, skin, seed and chop 2 pasilla, poblano or other mild green chiles
Chop a cup of green onions
Mix it all together and pour into a buttered dish to bake at 350 for about an hour or until set.
I used a deeper corning ware dish , if you used a flatter baking dish, like a 9x12 it will probably bake faster and be drier. I think sprinkling some grated cheese over top, cheddar or jack or a combo would be a good addition too.