Sweet potatoes and yams are naturally gluten-free when you buy them whole in the grocery. But you may need to modify recipes to ensure they don't add gluten-containing ingredients. Beware, of course, of any recipes calling for flour. You could try substituting gluten-free all-purpose flour in such recipes.
By adding just one or two unique ingredients, or using a different cooking technique, you can serve an extra-special gluten-free sweet potato dish this year. Enjoy these recipes.
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This recipe uses fresh sweet potatoes to make sweet potato fries. They are easy to bake in the oven with a little oil, salt, and perhaps a dash of cayenne pepper. You can serve them as a side for many meals and lunches. They take only 30 minutes to bake.
Once you make these fries, you may discover they are so flavorful that you don't need anything to dip them in. But a dip with mayonnaise and curry can be tasty. If you want to use ketchup, ensure it is gluten-free (Heinz is gluten-free), and... do not use soy sauce.
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Crockpot Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
You don't have to tie up your oven on Thanksgiving to produce this delicious variation on sweet potatoes. Just peel them, slice them, and put them in the crockpot with brown sugar, maples syrup, and apple cider. Another variation substitutes orange juice for the apple cider and adds some orange zest.
But what about the traditional addition of marshmallows to the top of a sweet potato bake? You are generally safe, at least in the United States, because the two main companies producing... marshmallows make them gluten-free. Kraft, makers of Jet Puffed marshmallows, and Doumak, maker of Campfire marshmallows and many store brands, both make their products gluten-free.
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Looking for ways to trim calories from your traditional Thanksgiving menu this year? These mashed sweet potatoes are made from fresh sweet potatoes. They are boiled and mashed with orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar and spices. The recipe doesn't call for marshmallows on top, so you'll have to decide whether your family will miss those or not.
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This island-spiced dish uses cubed fresh sweet potatoes. You'll be baking them with oil, honey, lime juice, garlic, and spices for about 40 minutes. It's an easy recipe that makes a great gluten-free side dish for many meals. It avoids using any ingredients that are of concern for those sensitive to gluten.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Sweet Potato Apricot Bake
For a holiday table, baked sweet potatoes are a tradition. This version uses canned sweet potatoes, although you could modify it and use fresh sweet potatoes. Apricots and orange peel add brightness, and pecan halves over the top give a little crunch. You'll need to ensure you are using gluten-free cornstarch, however.
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Did you think only white potatoes were great baked? You can also roast a sweet potato whole in the same way. When it's done, you have your choice of whether to enjoy it sweet or savory. For savory, you can enjoy it with butter or sour cream, but you can take it up a notch with paprika, cayenne, cumin, and salt. For sweet, butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon and maybe a little extra sugar will do the trick. You can experiment with any gluten-free topping you would put on a white baked potato and... see the difference a sweet potato makes.