Sweet potatoes are often seen as the trendier, orange counterpart to regular potatoes. But in fact they are only distantly related. The sweet potato is a member of the Morning Glory Family while the standard spud is in the Nightshade Family. And unlike with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes offer more than just the chance to roast, mash or boil. With a bit of imagination they can offer an entirely new culinary experience and autumn is the time to grab them.

Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe

Ingredients:
3 sweet potatoes
1 can of chickpeas, drained
zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 ½ tsp of sesame oil
pinch of pepper
2-3 pinches of salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic

Directions:
1. Bake the sweet potatoes with their skins on for about 45 minutes or until they are very soft.
2. Remove the skins and put them in a food processor with the other ingredients.
3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, pepper and a sprinkle of paprika.

Serve in sandwiches or as a dip with pitta bread and vegetables.