Minatamis na kamote is a widely-enjoyed snack in the Philippines made of sweet potatoes cooked in sugar syrup. While it is traditionally prepared on the stove top, I like mine done in the oven. I simply pack cubed tubers in a baking dish, top them with a dollop of butter, a generous amount of brown sugar and a drizzle of orange juice and throw everything in the oven until tender and nicely caramelized with the resulting sweet syrup. Not only do the sweet potatoes require less tending this way but they also keep their shape better than on the stove. The added orange juice provides a little bit of liquid for the sweet potatoes to cook in and gives a hint of citrus to the sweet glaze. Give this method a try and please don’t forget to leave me a feedback. I love hearing from you.
- 4 large Japanese sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup orange juice
- In a baking dish, arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Drizzle with orange juice.
- Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake in a 375 F oven for about 40 to 50 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Remove from oven and gently toss to coat with glaze.