Sweet potatoes are part of the Thanksgiving holiday meal as much as turkey, corn, and rolls. Sweet potato casseroles are popular, but so are other versions of sweet potatoes, like a simple blue cheese baked sweet potato. And for grammar-philes out there, it is correct as "bleu" cheese or "blue" cheese. We'll stick with the Americanized "blue cheese."
🚜 Do The Amish Grow Sweet Potatoes?
I see red and russet potatoes grown in Amish gardens the most, but sweet potatoes are also seen. Amish farmers typically grow sweet potatoes in rows in well-drained soil. They start the plants from slips, which are cuttings taken from mature sweet potatoes. The slips are planted in the spring and the plants grow quickly, reaching maturity in about 90 days.
Sweet potatoes are a versatile crop that can be used in a variety of dishes. They can be baked, roasted, fried, or steamed. They can also be made into pies, cakes, and other desserts. Amish families often enjoy sweet potatoes as part of their regular meals. They are seen as more nutrient-packed than their regular starchy tuber cousins.
Overall, sweet potatoes are an important part of Amish culture and cuisine.
🧺 Sweet Sweet Potatoes and Savory Sweet Potatoes
We've all had sweet potatoes that are practically dessert: buried with brown sugar, syrup, marshmallows, butter, or all of the above! But they are also super as a savory side. And one way to do that is to make them as baked potatoes and top it with some Amish-made blue cheese.
With cold weather around the corner, nothing is better than hot, hearty baked potato, but what about a baked sweet potato? Ditch the cinnamon and syrup and go with a savory...this is delicious!
🧀 Amish Blue Cheese
I had the chance to visit an Amish blue cheese operation in Wisconsin a few years ago. The plant is owned by non-Amish but operated entirely by Amish cheese artisans. You can read about my visit there.
They sell the cheese in stores under the Salemville brand and it is the real deal. They sell it in crumbles and sell some extra-aged versions and regular. Delicious cheese, if you like blue cheese!
📋 Step-by-Step Blue Cheese Baked Sweet Potatoes
If you have access to Salemville Blue Cheese that will give you Amish authenticity, but, otherwise, any kind will do for this recipe.
This is the blue cheese sauce that you'll make on the stovetop. You'll add flour, milk, and seasonings to this. You'll pour this sauce over your sweet potatoes once they are baked. You can doctor up this sauce according to your taste. Other items you could add include sour cream, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder.
No, this isn't a commercial for Salemville Blue Cheese, just the only brand that I'm really familiar with and have seen first hand.
🍠 More Sweet Potato Recipes
🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Blue Cheese Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 4 oz Salemville Reserve Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Dash black pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Wash sweet potatoes and make a few holes in each one with a fork.
- Rub potatoes with olive oil.
- Microwave for eight minutes on high. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until tender.
- While potatoes are baking, heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted
- . Add flour and stir. When mixture thickens, gradually add milk
- Stir until a thick sauce forms. Remove from heat and add 3 oz. blue cheese, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper and stir.
- When potatoes finish baking, slice lengthwise and squeeze toward the center to fluff up cooked potato
- . Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes, then garnish with remaining 1 oz. blue cheese and chopped green onion.