Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Recipe: "Mashed Sweet Potatoes"

Sunday's supper was country-fried steaks, mashed sweet potatoes, and banana-caramel bread pudding. Saturday's supper was more planned; this one was a matter of "Oh, right, we need to feed a bunch of people that night too ... hmm, let's see what we have in the freezer." We found the country-fried steaks and a package of sweet potato chunks. I also had part of a loaf of challah and three bananas starting to turn brown. So I came up with these two recipes.


Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:
about 2 cups of coarsely chopped, cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, sliced into several pats
1/4 cup half-and-half

Directions:

Put the sweet potato chunks into a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Arrange butter pats over the surface.

Microwave for about 3 minutes. Stir, then microwave for another 3 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup half-and-half. Mash the sweet potatoes, stirring and scraping until they are evenly mixed.


Notes:

I happened to have a bag of precooked sweet potato cubes, unseasoned. If you do not have precooked ones, you can boil 2-3 sweet potatoes until they are soft, then chunk them up and add the flavorings before mashing them. You could even boil a big batch of sweet potatoes, cube them, and freeze some of the cubes for quick-fix purposes later.

The spices are flexible. Most sweet spices go well with sweet potatoes: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, etc. Pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice are good blends. Use whatever you have and like.

I forgot to add salt to this recipe. Nobody noticed or cared. Next time I will probably add a pinch or two of salt, but if you want a totally sodium-free recipe then this one is apparently great for that.
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