Spicy Chipotle-Mashed Sweet Potatoes

chipotle-mashed-sweet-potatoesSATISFY THE SPICY PALETTE
This potato recipe satisfies the palette of our Indian family members who, unlike my Irish side, prefer things spicy! Because we have so many sides, I find that this is enough for about 12 adults and 8 kids. Remember, if everyone takes a little scoop of everything, their plates will be heaping.

5 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 10 medium potatoes)
½ maple syrup
¾ cup of crème fraiche
4 tbl of chipotle puree—or to taste depending on your palette
(you can use the sauce from a can of the chipotle peppers)
1¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

Put over rack into middle position and preheat to 375˚.
Line a baking sheet with foil (easier clean up later).

Put potatoes on a baking sheet and bake about 40 minutes or until they are soft.
Combine syrup, crème fraiche, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Whisk until it is creamy.

Remove potatoes from oven. Slice in half and spoon out the inside.
Puree in food processor with other ingredients until they are smooth and fluffy.

Tip: Start this Tuesday night. I bake the potatoes Tuesday evening and store in foil in the fridge. Remove them Wednesday and bring to room temp and then make the rest of the recipe. I put mine in a pretty baking dish with a cover so it can be put into the oven on Thursday.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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