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Dinner Tonight: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dinner Tonight: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

It’s not quite mashed potato season—I realize that. In fact, it’s been well over 90 degress here in the Midwest. But I scored some great sweet potatoes and had just found this fantastic-looking recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Unlike most mashed potatoes, this sweet-potato mash combines most of the ingredients at the beginning, leaving plenty of time to worry about other important matters, like cleaning up and what wine to drink.

It also mixes up the traditional flavors, forgoing brown sugar for a mix of red pepper flakes, garlic, and plain white sugar, while also trading the regular milk for coconut milk. It’s quick, dead simple, and intensely flavorful. Once the cut up potatoes are tender, all that's left is to mash them to desired consistency. I’m a lumpy mash guy. How about you?

Dinner Tonight: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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About This Recipe

Yield:2

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Procedures

  1. 1

    Peel the potatoes and then quarter them lengthwise. Cut into 1/4-inch slices crosswise.

  2. 2

    Dump the potatoes, coconut milk, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and sugar into a sauce pan. Turn the heat to low, and cover. Cook 45 minutes.

  3. 3

    When potatoes are tender, mash the mixture to desired texture. Add the black pepper and cilantro.

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