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Dinner Tonight: Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
I’ve had chipotle mashed potatoes with regular old russets a few times, but they didn’t do much for me. Though far from atrocious, nothing new was created. It just tasted like mashed potatoes with an awkward tinge of heat, not a unique dish. Perhaps it was the version I had. I’m certainly not a mashed potato purist, but I like my pairings to work together
But chipotle smashed sweet potatoes do work. I think it all comes down to balance. The chipotle kick still exists, but it is calmed by the sweet and creamy body of the sweet potatoes. And that really makes all the difference. So does steaming the potatoes, a technique I was incredibly leery about, thinking it would take too long. Then again, Alton Brown rarely fails, and this Good Eats-approved recipe is just another shining example.
About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He sells wine for a living and lives in Columbus, Ohio.