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Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum Fish Sauce

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Photo by Jennifer Cole

Food Culture of the South


Serves 4


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup sorghum

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • Benne seeds, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and heat until browned, swirling pan occasionally for even cooking. Remove from heat and whisk in sorghum, orange zest and juice, and fish sauce.
  2. Quarter sweet potatoes lengthwise and coat with brown butter mixture. Spread sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until fork tender. Sprinkle with benne seeds before serving.

From Eagle Street Soul

  • Recipe by Ashleigh Shanti of Benne on Eagle, Asheville, North Carolina

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