Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve already got the wheels turning on what I want for dinner (and more importantly, dessert).

Sometimes my husband and I like to have “fancy” meals on special occasions. You know, something that you might have at a restaurant and wouldn’t usually make at home. For us that tends to be something like a nice rib eye steak with a couple of sides and a decadent dessert. The two of us enjoy being in the kitchen together so the quality time is an added benefit to staying home and making a fun meal. Don’t get me wrong, I like eating out but sometimes I’m just in the mood to stay in my pajamas and I’m pretty sure the restaurants frown upon that.

We usually make baked sweet or regular potatoes as one of the side dishes, but lately my husband has preferred mashed sweet potatoes. I don’t mind because they are easy to make and delicious. Sometimes we add cinnamon and brown sugar if we’re in the mood to add a little sweetness. Exactly the sort of thing you want for a special Valentine’s day dinner.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
(Makes about 2 to 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (usually equivalent to about 2 sweet potatoes), peeled
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • (optional) sprinkling of cinnamon
  • (optional) sprinkling of brown sugar (if you want to add sweetness)
  • (optional) sprinkling of additional butter, salt, and pepper on top

Directions:

  1. Fill a big pot with water, add a pinch of salt, cover it with a lid, and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  2. While the water is doing its thing, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes. (The size doesn’t matter as long as they are all similar in size because you want them to cook evenly.)
  3. Add the cubed sweet potatoes to the boiling water, lower the heat to simmer and cook them for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are soft (aka fork tender), drain them.
  5. In a bowl, add the butter and sweet potatoes and mash them. (I used a pastry blender.)
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are mostly mashed, add the milk and continue mashing until you get the consistency of mashed sweet potatoes that you like.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. (Optional) Sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, salt, and/or pepper on top just prior to serving.

Adapted from: Spend with Pennies

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