In my experimentation to find a delicious savoury recipe using vanilla, I happened to add a vanilla bean to my usual recipe for Caribbean Sweet Potatoes and it worked! So here it is to share with you. I have also included a recipe for banana ketchup (from Levi Roots ‘Caribbean Food Made Easy’) because nothing goes better with sweet sticky potatoes and jerk chicken or pork. I know it sounds weird but it really works. Bring some soul to your food!
Caribbean Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla1kg sweet potatoes 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup juice of 1 lime 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 vanilla beans, blitzed in spice grinder grinder until fine powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp allspice Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a large roasting pan with tin foil – this recipe really sticks! In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients then add the peeled and chunked potatoes. Toss so all is coated and then pour onto onto the roasting pan so it is one layer thick. Cook for 45-60 minutes, turning every now and then.