These sweet potatoes have just enough (read: plenty of) butter, heavy cream, and milk. Brown sugar and cinnamon play up the natural sweetness, but I also slip in a subtle ingredient that adds complexity: carrots.
Why this recipe works:
- A long cooking time at low temperature enhances the candy-like quality of sweet potatoes and carrots.
- The vegetables cook in a generous amount of butter, heavy cream and milk, which then become part of the puree.
- The addition of carrots adds another layer of flavor to this simple slow-cooker side dish.
6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream, plus more as needed
1/2 cup milk, plus more as needed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place potatoes and carrots in the bowl of a slow cooker and top with remaining ingredients. Season with salt.
Cover and cook on low setting, stirring periodically, for 6 to 8 hours or until potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Using a hand-held mixer, whip at medium speed until combined and light and fluffy. Add a bit of additional milk and/or cream, if needed, to achieve a creamy texture, but do not over-mix. (For totally smooth potatoes, mash first with a potato masher, then whip with the mixer.)
Slow cooker, hand-held mixer
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||66%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 23mg||117%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|