FOFF Mashed Sweet Potatoes

by Joanne on May 30, 2012

I haven’t been doing much creative cooking or baking.  There’s a gremlin in the house!

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This recipe by Carla Vavala was easy enough to make and keep a left eye on Zoey.  Shane watches her as well but believes his main job is to make sure she doesn’t destroy his toys.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes don’t need much help to taste good.  I like mine microwaved until soft, split down the middle with a knife and eaten right out of the “jacket”.  Nothing added, not even salt and pepper.  But Carla Vavala offers a recipe on page 33 of her book Fusion of Food and Friends that gives mashed sweet potatoes a unique twist.  Add some caramelized shallots, a bit of brown sugar if that’s your thing, and some chopped fresh rosemary for a new and delicious way to enjoy sweet potatoes

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Serves 4

  • 3 TBS butter (or use Olive oil)
  • 2 large shallots, (Carla doesn’t say to chop but I did a rough large chop)
  • 3 tsp of brown sugar (not needed in my opinion but you may like the sweeter flavor)
  • 2 lbs of sweet potatoes (about 3 large potatoes)
  • a pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TBS fresh rosemary finely chopped

In a frying pan, heat the butter or oil over low heat and add the shallots.  Cook for 5 minutes then add the brown sugar( if desired).  Continue cooking for 20 minutes as the shallots caramelize.

Peel and dice the sweet potato and add to a medium sauce pan.  Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain and put in a large bowl.  Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add salt and pepper then the fresh rosemary.  Blend through.  Stir in the shallots and serve hot.

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Ted could NOT stop eating these potatoes. He loved the taste.

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The the best mashed potatoes I’ve had in ages.

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  • At 2012.05.31 08:13, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

    Your gremlin is downright a-dor-able!

    They grow so fast, enjoy this time.

    PS I’ve yet to meet a sweet potato I didn’t like.

    • At 2012.06.01 16:20, Joanne said:

      Thanks. She is a cutie – and I’m with you on sweet potatoes – just love ’em.

      • At 2012.05.31 14:57, peggy said:

        Is this a new addition? I love border collies. She is beautiful!! The potatoes look good too.

        • At 2012.06.01 16:20, Joanne said:

          She IS a new addition. Shane loves her as well 🙂

          • At 2012.06.01 02:54, Choc Chip Uru said:

            I do not know which picture I like more – your GORGEOUS little gremlin 😉
            or that DELICIOUS looking sweet potato!

            Choc Chip Uru

            • At 2012.06.01 16:20, Joanne said:

              I’d go with the Gremlin 🙂

              • At 2012.06.01 12:25, CJ at Food Stories said:

                Those potatoes look amazing and the gremlin looks like she’s keeping you quite busy 🙂

                • At 2012.06.01 16:21, Joanne said:

                  Zoey is work. She has endless energy but luckily I am able to tire her out before bringing her to work.

                  • At 2012.06.01 13:33, Annamaria @ bakewell junction said:

                    These potatoes look delish! Another recipe I’ll have to try. Thanks for the post.

                    • At 2012.06.01 16:21, Joanne said:

                      Thanks. 🙂

                      • At 2012.06.03 16:33, Sophie said:

                        I love mashed sweet potatoes but never add any sugar because I find them sweet enough! Your mash looks stunning! Yum Yum Yum!

                        Your gremlin looks cute though! 🙂 Have fun with her!

                        • At 2012.06.21 17:35, Bill Brikiatis said:

                          I like my sweet potatoes mixed with regular potatoes and hash browned. By mixing them with regular potatoes, it makes the sweet potato a little less rich.

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