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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Don't wait until the holidays to enjoy the honeyed flavor and velvety texture of this colorful root vegetable. Serve mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish to your favorite main dish, and you'll have them perfected by the time the holidays roll around.

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, October 2007

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Place sweet potatoes in steamer basket and cover; steam until tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Drain, and return to saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring half-and-half, butter, and brown sugar to a simmer, stirring to combine; remove from heat. Add to drained sweet potatoes, and mash just until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

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  • VanessasKitchen
    4 DEC, 2010
    Yum, Yum, YUM! I served these at Thanksgiving, but I plan to make them often as a side dish for dinner. If they weren't for a special occasion, I'd have omitted the half-and-half and butter and added milk, however this version is very decadent and delicious.
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  • MS12157780
    13 NOV, 2010
    I don't need or like the brown sugar in my mashed sweet potatoes.. They are sweet enough on their own. And I never buy anything but Fat Free Half
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  • erinye
    17 FEB, 2010
    It was a great side dish that could have also just as easily been a desert! Maybe I added too much cream, but mine came out super duper rich. Velvety texture. Nirvana.
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  • SpringSnoopy
    8 DEC, 2008
    CORRECTION to BELOW COMMENT: You don't have to steam. You may boil them for about 20-25 minutes just like regular potatoes.
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  • SpringSnoopy
    2 DEC, 2008
    Excellent! You also don't have to steam. You may boil them for about 15 minutes just like regular potatoes.
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  • marcybmom
    2 DEC, 2008
    This is super easy to make! Sooo good too!
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  • cwrw99
    28 NOV, 2008
    I never peel my sweet potatoes. I boil sweet potatoes first, then skin peel comes off by rubbing my hands over potatoes. What do you think? I get big potatoes, so easy to get skin off.
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  • Jintina
    18 NOV, 2008
    I make mashed sweet potatoes kicked up a notch by placing them in a casserole dish and cover with mini marsmellows. (Not to the top as they do expand.) Then place in a 350-degree oven till the marsmellows have turned golden brown. The sweet and savory go well together. Gintina
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  • sarahbell02
    10 JUL, 2008
    Perfect!
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  • sarahbell02
    10 JUL, 2008
    Perfect!
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