Nasty Girl! – Batata

1 Apr

If you read my last post Potato needs a bath – and I can’t stop laughing! you will remember that for me, growing up potato was a euphemism for my private girlie bits. So, if you want a giggle think about that as you read this post about my new girlfriend, Batata – ugly potato!

Batata is  one nastiest looking b*tches I have ever seen. She is brown, scaly and nasty on the outside. Batata is not caress-able like your garden variety red-bliss potato.  She also fights with you when you try to unpeel her to reveal her inner beauty. So, where did this nasty street whore of a potato come from and is there inner beauty lurking behind her gnarly exterior?

The Batata is basically a root veggie, from the potato family mostly closely akin to the sweet potato. Batata is often used in Spanish and Middle Eastern recipes but to be honest she can be used in place of  sweet potatoes in just about any recipe. The Batata herself while rough on the outside has a potato and yucca like consistency on the inside and a warm, sweet, beautiful chestnut flavor to her. Had I realized her flavor profile I may have gone with a sweeter recipe than the one I posted below, perhaps with some sort of nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. However, the recipe is really tasty and also filling for vegetarian meal if that is your persuasion.

So, the next time you meet a woman with a nasty potato exterior stop and think of the Batata – she might just be tasty on the inside – if you dare to unpeel her!

Tasty Tata Recipe


You Need:

  • 2 medium Batatas (peeled, cooked, and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach leaves (fresh is best, but I cheated and used a half a bag of frozen spinich)
  • 1 navel oranges, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, taste and add a touch more as needed
  • 1-2 teaspoon coarse mustard, taste and add more as needed (I used mustard powder but feel free to use what you have on hand)

What to Do:

  • Wash & peel the Batatas
  • Take a nap, have a beer, stretch – you will need to relax after this process!
  • Place the Batatas in microwave (yeah so what I cook potatoes in the microwave) cook for 6-8 minutes until tender but not mushy.
  • In large non-stick skillet, brown mushrooms in oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and garlic, cook several minutes, stir often.
  • Remove Batata from microwave, slice and add to skillet (the white skin will be brownish, don’t be alarmed this is normal not a potato STD)
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Toss to blend and heat. Add a touch more olive oil if dry.
  • Serve immediately.

Enjoy your batata feast!

I have to give a quick note of recognition as this recipe is not 100% orginal. (I do promise to follow with a tata recipe that is now that I know her more intimately). A special thanks to the NC Sweet Potato website for inspiring the Batata cooking journey through one of their vegetarian dish, sweet potato recipes.

-Vegina

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