Baby, it’s cold outside! It is snowing, damp, cold, and windy! Need I say more? After shoveling snow what it the best comfort food that reminds me of my homeland? Sweet Potatoes with Milk or Patates Douces avec du Lait is calling my name. This is comfort food from Haiti that would typically be served at suppertime, but it can be eaten whenever you want.
Sweet Potatoes with Milk or Patates Douces avec du Lait is one of the many foods I used to love as a child. I almost forgot about it until my dear mother mentioned it the other day. As I was telling her that I was tired of eating the same type of foods for dinner or even for breakfast, she mentioned why not eat some Patates Douce avec du Lait. Of course, she did not say it like that! But more so like, “mange patat ak lèt!” – Creole translation. And that’s what she said!
This dish is usually made with the red-skinned sweet potatoes called batatas found in West Indians supermarkets. It can also be found in regular supermarkets promoting selling international foods. If you cannot find the red-skinned sweet potatoes, you can prepare the dish with the sweet yam or the regular sweet potatoes found in a supermarket.
The Sweet Potatoes with Milk is made with no effort. Peel the potatoes, cut in cubes, either cook them in the milk or separately in water. I prefer to partially cook my sweet potatoes in water and add them to my already prepared milk. By prepared milk, I mean, milk that has been boiled with nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon stick and slightly sweetened with sugar. So simple, right! This is a comfort food for the cold weather.
Hope you enjoy it!
- 1 - 2 medium size Sweet Potatoes red skinned sweet potatoes preferably called batatas
- Dash of Ginger
- 1 small Cinnamon Stick
- Dash of Nutmeg
- Sugar to taste
- Peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
- In a medium size saucepan, add potatoes with water and let cook only halfway through on low heat
- In another saucepan, add milk and bring to a boil. Add ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add sugar and sweetened to taste.
- Drain water from potatoes once they are halfway cooked. Add potatoes to milk and let cook for an additional 5 minutes until the potatoes cubes are fully cooked and all flavors have blended. Remove from heat and serve hot.