Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
See the notes below to vary the flavor of the sweet potatoes - or lovely just as they are.Yield: serving size: 1/2 cup
|4||sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds)|
|1 1/2 tablespoons||butter|
|1/4 cup||chopped pecans, toasted|
1. Pierce each potato with a fork 3 to 4 times on each side. Wrap each potato in a damp paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes, turning after 4 minutes. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half; scoop pulp into a bowl. Mash pulp.
2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Stir butter, milk, and salt into potato pulp. Top with pecans.
Variation 1: Maple Bacon - Prepare master recipe through step 1. Stir in 1 tablespoon softened butter, 2 tablespoons milk, and 4 teaspoons maple syrup. Top mashed sweet ?potato mixture with 1 1/4 ounces cooked and crumbled bacon (about 3 slices).
Variation 2: Chipotle-Lime - Prepare master recipe through step 1. Stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoons fat-free milk, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce, 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Variation 3: Parmesan-Sage - Prepare master recipe through step 1. Stir in 1 tablespoon softened butter, 2 ?tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage, 1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup), and 1/8 teaspoon salt.