Recipe by USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson
"Silky Sweet Potato Puree can be made two days in advance."
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whole sweet potatoes, pricked with a fork
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
My family really enjoyed this new way of serving sweet potatoes. Makes a great side dish for holidays.
I made this for Thanksgiving and thought that it was OK. My uncle really liked it, though. It was really creamy and looked pretty but I thought that there was something not quite right about the flavor. Perhaps I just don't care for the buttermilk in it. I actually thought the potatoes tasted better before I added all the stuff. It wasn't a complete failure, but I don't think I'll be making it again unless I decide to try it with all plain milk.
This was amazing - we loved it! The taste is so wonderful and subtle!
Amazingly easy and delicious! I'm going to bake my sweet potatoes from now on instead of boiling. Baking causes water to evaporate, leaving an intensely sweet and flavorful potato. Absolutely no sugar needed. In the past, I've boiled my sweet potatoes, which made them lose a lot of their flavor. Pureeing in a food processor gave them a creamy and airy quality that I never got with mashing by hand. The only changes I made to make it healthier was to use fat free buttermilk, 1% milk, and half the butter. It was still unbelievably creamy with these substitutions. My husband, who doesn't care for sweet potatoes went back for thirds.
I've been making this puree for a very long time, since my oldest was very little. I don't use that much milk, just enough to thin it down enough to feed my child. Once he got older, I made it so I could add it to his macaroni and cheese mainly, but I'd stir it in to other foods to boost his vitamin/vegetable intake for the day. This is a good base recipe for most vegetable puree. If you'd rather not use milk or you have a lactose-intolerant family member, soy/rice/almond milk or broth works just as well.
I was so glad to have found this recipe. A restaurant by my house, that is no longer in business, used to sell a soft mashed sweet potato puree. It wasn't spicy or sweet but more buttery just like this recipe. I used to always order it. I started with 3 sweet potatoes. After they were baked I weighed them and they came out to be 1lb peeled. So, I just halved the rest of the ingredients. I added everything but no pepper. For the buttermilk I just did 2% milk and a couple drops of vinegar and let it sit. With the butter I used whipped butter to cut the saturated fat in half. I always roast sweet potatoes at 410 deg., for about an hour, and did the same with this recipe. I don't have a food processor, so I used the blender but I had to stop and stir a few times. I will definitely be making this every year. Thank you for posting a simple, basic, creamy recipe for mashed sweet potatoes.
Excellent. I didn't even use the whole milk only a little buttermilk and the butter. I didn't measure, but I don't think it was more than 1/3 cup or so. It was the perfect consistency for me. When I was growing up, candied sweet potatoes were always served with greens--usually turnip or collards--so I sauteed some collard greens with onions and a spalsh of Dale's, a drop of liquid smoke, and a nice splash of apple cider vinegar. Took me back to my childhood only it was better! I would suggest adding a little of the milks and then checking your consistency--mine would have been a soup had I added a whole cup of milk!
Like other people suggested, I lighted this up just a tad. I used I Can't believe it's not butter and I used 1/2 buttermilk and the other 1/2 Half & Half. I also added just a tiny bit of brown sugar.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Silky Sweet Potato Puree
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 84
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