Monday, November 15, 2010

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter

I love sweet potatoes. They're great as a main dish, soup, fries, baked, and mashed. Mashed sweet potatoes are such a delicious and easy side dish, I make them I've made mashed sweet potatoes with apple cider and with maple syrup, both of which are great foils to the sweet potatoes, but I'm always on the search for other interesting additions. I have some great apple butter from Porchlight Products, which not only promotes using local and seasonal ingredients, but also support Porchlight, Inc. which provides assistance to homeless people in Dane County. The flavor of the apple butter is present, but subtle, and provides layers of flavor with minimal effort.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
adapted from Food and Wine
served 4 to 6

3 large sweet potatoes (2 to 2.5 lbs total)
2 T. salted butter (or unsalted, if you prefer)
1/4 c. naturally sweetened or unsweetened apple butter

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, clean and peel sweet potatoes. Cut sweet potatoes into halves (and quarter if your sweet potatoes are very thick) and cut into 1/2- to 1-inch chunks. Add sweet potatoes to boiling water, cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potato pieces, and drain.

2. Put sweet potatoes through a potato ricer (or mash with a potato masher). Add butter and apple butter and mix thoroughly.

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