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Friday, September 7, 2012

Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are no longer just for Thanksgiving and as the weather starts cooling down  and fall approaches, we naturally start moving away from lighter summer meals and into more...satisfying fare.

Sweet potatoes are a great way to get your small portion of starchy carbs and this recipe will really kick up the flavor a notch or two without piling on all the fat and sugary stuff that jacks up the calories and destroys the natural flavors.

The recipe appears just as I found it.  It's borrowed from The Food Network's chef Alton Brown.  I've made it many times and it is good!  The smoky chipotle flavor lends an exotic taste to the traditional autumn tuber but don't go crazy with the peppers-things can get real spicy, real fast.

My suggestion?  To make it healthier, use only 1 tablespoon of butter and keep the portion small. 

Yams go yummy with the smoky flavor of chipotle 

 Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time:  10 Minutes                                                                                Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Yield:  5-6 (small) Servings

2 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Whole canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
½ teaspoon salt

Put cubed potatoes into steamer basket and place steamer into a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of the basket.  Allow to steam for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Add butter to potatoes and mash with a potato masher.  Add peppers, sauce, and salt and continue mashing to combine.  Serve immediately.

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  1. Yum! Where do you get the canned chipotle pepper?

  2. You can buy a small can of chipotle peppers (in sauce) in the "Hispanic Foods" section of your supermarket.