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Sweet Potato Contest Winning Recipes

One of my favorite foods that we can purchase locally during the fall is sweet potatoes.   Sweet potatoes contain these nutrients, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.

Each year since 1998, our Baldwin County Sweet Potato Growers, Baldwin County Farmers Federation, and other sponsors have coordinated a Sweet Potato Recipe Contest.  Middle and High School students from Family and Consumer Sciences and Culinary Programs in the county have the opportunity to participate.  I look forward to seeing the creative and delicious recipes.  The students are asked to prepare a recipe using at least one cup of sweet potatoes.  The students participate in a local contest at their school.  The county contest is held at the Baldwin County Fair.     The judges for the 2016 contest were Hope Cassebaum, Baldwin County Farmers Federation; David Holloway, Alabama Media Group; and Chef Hurtubise, Faulkner State Community College.

The students placing in the Junior Division (6th-8th grade) were 1st place, Rucker Beasley, Daphne Middle; 2nd place, Paulette Wallace, Foley Middle; 3rd place, Zander Prevatt, Gulf Shores Middle; Honorable Mention, Austin Evans, Spanish Fort Middle and Marli Ridaught, Central Baldwin Middle School.

The award winners in the Senior Division (9th-12th grade)  were 1st place, Braswell  McMeans, Gulf Shores High; 2nd place, Grace Ellison, Robertsdale High; 3rd place, Melissa McFeely, Spanish Fort High; Honorable Mention, Zechariah Defee, South Baldwin Center for Technology; Malia Fanning, Foley High; and Michaela Thompson, Fairhope High.

Un “Brie” lievable Grilled Cheese

Braswell McMeans-Gulf Shores High School
1st Place-Senior Division-2016

Bread Ingredients:

1 ½ cups white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup vegetable oil
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup dried cherry cranberries
½ teaspoon salt
& honey toasted pecans

Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and beat. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water. Stir in sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done.

Grilled Cheese Ingredients:

4 oz. Brie Cheese
Fig Jam

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place a slice of buttered bread with about 1.25 oz. of brie cheese into the pan. Add the second slice and spread fig jam on one side and butter on the other on top. Cook each side until browned and the cheese is melted.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Rucker Beasley-Daphne Middle School
1st Place-Junior Division-2016


3 cups sweet potatoes
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup melted butter


½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans


Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until hot and brown.


The Family and Consumer Sciences and Culinary Teachers with students participating in this year’s Sweet Potato Recipe Contest are:  Ms. Benton, Dr. Coker, Ms. Newton, front row

Back row:   Ms. Bernasconi, Ms. Ojard, Chef Herndl, Ms. Taylor, Chef Navarro, Ms. Thorjusen, Ms. Hopper and Ms. Carpenter.  Not shown:  Ms. Leverett