Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 1 lemon
- 4 whole cloves
- 1-1/2 pounds Caribbean sweet potatoes (boniato)
- 2 cups sugar, or to taste
- 1 cinnamon stick, 3 inches long
- 1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and gently simmer until thick and jamlike, about 30 minutes. Using a spoon, skim off any foam that may rise to the surface as the jam cooks. The potatoes should be soft enough to fall apart on their own, but if they don't, mash them with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove and discard the lemon zest and cloves. (I like to leave the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick in the jam.)
Transfer the jam to sterile jars (two 1-pint jars or four 1-cup jars), filling each to within 1/8 inch of the top. Screw on the lids. Invert the jars for 10 minutes, then reinvert.
This jam is rather perishable, so it is best to store even the sealed jars in the refrigerator. Once opened, the jam should be served within 4 to 5 days. Serve the jam on toast, scones, or crumpets.
Yield: about 2 pints
Source: The Caribbean Pantry Cookbook by Steven Raichlen (Artisan Books)
Reprinted with permission.