Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Cider

 I've already tried making mashed sweet potatoes with one quintessential fall flavor, maple syrup, so now I thought I'd try another-apple cider. Apples are sweet potatoes are a natural combination, and the apple cider adds an acidic note that complements the creamy sweetness of the sweet potatoes. I adore both apple cider and maple syrup and don't know which recipe I'd rather make again!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Cider
from Food and Wine
serves 4

3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup apple cider or juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1. Put the potatoes, cider, and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer, stirring once, until the potatoes are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

2. Mash the potatoes with the cider until smooth. Add the butter and pepper and heat just until the butter melts.

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