This past Saturday I was asked to do a cooking demonstration at the Kino'ole Farmer's Market. I decided to use the beautiful local purple sweet potatoes. One of the vendors at the market, Cyrus Wagatsuma, grows 4 different varieties of sweet potatoes and he offered me as much of the sweet potatoes as I needed.
In the Hawaiian language the word ali'i means royal or high born. To me the Okinawan aka Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes are definitely royal!
Having lived in several southern states in the mainland, I was quite familiar with the 'sweet potato souffles' made from yams. The sweet potato souffle usually shows up on southern tables as part of the Christmas menu with marshmallows on top.
This is a slightly different variation on my local version of the Southern Sweet Potato Souffle as it appears on page 29 of my cookbook Tropical Taste.