1. Headline
  1. Headline

Video: A sweet (potato) taste of Jamaica

TODAY recipes
updated 2/13/2013 1:12:36 PM ET 2013-02-13T18:12:36

Recipe: Al’s mom’s sweet potato poon

Ingredients
  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pineapples, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Mash potatoes with 1 stick of butter in large bowl. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, and mix together. Fold in crushed pineapple and pour into a buttered 9 X 12-inch Pyrex dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on top. Remove from oven, layer with marshmallows and place under broiler until marshmallows are toasted brown on top. Be careful: They will catch fire very quickly!

Recipe: Jamaican rice and peas

Ingredients
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans
  • 1 13-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • Habanero water
Preparation

Drain liquid from can of beans into a measuring cup. Add can of coconut milk and enough water to make 4 cups of liquid.

Place liquids in pot with bean, onions, garlic, thyme and oil. Bring to a boil. Add rice and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Place Scotch bonnet on top of liquid and cover tightly for 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove Scotch bonnet before serving.

Serving Size

Makes 1 serving

Discuss: What did you think of this recipe?

How many stars would you give the dish? If you made changes, tell us how you customized it.

Discussion comments

,

More on TODAY.com

TODAY's Takeaway
  1. TODAY; TIME

    Anchors reveal prom pics; staffers’ kids take over

    4/24/2014 9:19:26 PM +00:00 2014-04-24T21:19:26
  1. Courtesy of Jennae Zuloaga

    Surprise! Stranger captures sweet sidewalk proposal in ‘magical’ photos

    4/24/2014 10:23:52 PM +00:00 2014-04-24T22:23:52
  1. Gorditos Healthy Mexican Food

    Size them up! Babies pose next to monstrous burritos

    4/24/2014 9:27:30 PM +00:00 2014-04-24T21:27:30
  1. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Girl hands her jobless dad's resume to Michelle Obama

    4/24/2014 6:14:48 PM +00:00 2014-04-24T18:14:48
  1. Anikasalsera / Featurepics.com

    Green cleaning: 9 D-I-Y natural cleaners that actually work

    4/24/2014 7:13:55 PM +00:00 2014-04-24T19:13:55