Flat Rock Woman Wins Sweetpotato Special Cooking Competition

Flat Rock Woman Wins Sweetpotato Special Cooking Competition

RALEIGH – A Sweet Potato Shake took first place Saturday in the N.C. Sweetpotato Commission’s “Beat the Heat” sweet potato cooking competition at the N.C. State Fair.

Photo courtesy NC State Fair

Betsy Tankersly from Flat Rock earned $250 for the winning recipe.  Emily Hutchens of Chapel Hill took home second place and $175 for her Grilled Street Corn and Sweet Potato Salad, Victoria Davis Neal of Raleigh won $50 and third place for a Grilled Sweet Potato Cheesecake. Tracey Carey of Burlington earned an honorable mention and $75 for Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream.

The competition asked contestants to prepare a recipe using 1 ½ cups of raw sweet potatoes while not making their kitchen warmer; such as by using a grill or Instant Pot. 

The winning recipe follows: 

 Sweet Potato Shake: 3 cups sweet potatoes (about two microwavable medium sweet potatoes)

3 tablespoons simple syrup

3 cups vegan/dairy-free chocolate ice scream

½ cup chocolate whipped vodka

Vegan marshmallows, for garnish as desired

Chocolate syrup, for garnish as desired 

For a child-friendly version replace the chocolate whipped vodka with 1 ½ cups vegan/dairy-free chocolate milk.             

Instructions:                       Microwave the sweet potatoes per the directions on the package, or about 10-12 minutes depending on size. Let the potatoes cool and then scoop out the flesh into a blender. Add the simple syrup and puree until smooth. Add the ice cream and either vodka or chocolate milk until thoroughly combined. Garnish with marshmallows and chocolate syrup and serve immediately.