Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mashed Sweet Potatoes


***I must have been in a holiday sort of mood the other night, because I made sweet potato puree and chicken with a cranberry sauce....it almost felt like Thanksgiving...hah. Anyway, this is one of my favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes. I found THIS recipe over at 101 Cookbooks, and used it as inspiration...I did change it up a little bit.

And did you know that the sweet potato ranks #1 in nutrition?? I found the following info @ http://www.foodreference.com/:

"The reasons the sweet potato took first place? Dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. The sweet potato received a score of 184; the vegetable ranked in second place was more than 100 points behind with a score of 83. The numbers for the nutritional sweet potato speak for themselves: almost twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 42 percent of the recommendation for vitamin C, four times the RDA for beta carotene, and, when eaten with the skin, sweet potatoes have more fiber than oatmeal. All these benefits with only about 130 to 160 calories!"

How cool is that??***

Ingredients:
3 large sweet potatoes, cleaned and left damp
1/2 - 3/4 cup milk or heavy cream
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup light brown sugar (add more or less to your liking)
1 Tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Pierce each potato 2 - 3 times with a fork. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until tender to a fork tip, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool until warm enough to handle, 10 to 15 minutes. Peel and discard the skin. Place the peeled potatoes into a medium sized bowl and mash with a potato masher.

Meanwhile, pour the milk (or cream) into a 2-quart pot, add the vanilla and brown sugar; stir and heat over medium heat just until hot. Remove from heat. Slowly pour the mixture over the potatoes (in small increments), stir, and add the butter and cinnamon. Keep adding the milk mixture until you achieve the desired consistency.

Stir well. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Joelen said...

I've been on a sweet potato kick recently so this comes at a great time! Thanks for sharing :)

Mommy2B said...

Looks delicious, I wonder if you make a streusel topping would it taste similar to Boston Market's Sweet Potato Souffle?...I absolutely love their sweet potatoes and I'm happy that they have finally come out with them in the freezer section at major chains.