Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Food Post - Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I never had a sweet potato until I came to the States and even then it took several years of passing them by at the supermarket before I would give them a try.  Gregg doesn't like them as they are too sweet for his taste, but our son tried them at a friend's house in his early teens and from then on sweet potatoes were on our menu.  Not very often but occasionally I would pop one of these into the oven and bake like I would a regular jacket potato.  They are extremely nutritious and if you want to see how much you can go to this page.  I never honestly thought of mashing them before except for casseroles at Thanksgiving.  When I saw this simple recipe at Pam's For The Love Of Cooking blog, I knew I had to try it and I am so glad I did.  

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Yield: 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into two-inch pieces
1/4 cup of milk 
1 to 2 tablespoons butter, to taste
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

Put the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add just enough cold water to cover them.

Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

Place milk, butter, sea salt, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly cracked pepper in a glass bowl.  

Cook for 30 seconds in the microwave, or until warmed.

Drain and return the potatoes to the pot and place back on the stove with the burner turned down to low, which will dry up any excess water.

Add the warmed milk mixture and mash with a hand masher or beater until smooth.

Taste and add more salt or nutmeg if needed.

Serve immediately.

What did I think of this recipe?  It was delicious!  Since I am the only one in our house who will be eating this, I will have several servings left.  I will try freezing it in single serving portions.  If you would like to see more yummy recipes take a look at Pam's blog. She has many.

I didn't have any nutmeg to add to the milk and butter.  I used 2% milk and it still tasted very creamy.