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Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes. This is a fantastic way to use leftover sweet potatoes. Don't have any extras? Bake some sweet potatoes in a 450° oven for 30-35 minutes, until fork tender.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, baked

Nutrition Information

  • calories 211
  • fat 6 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 40 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 35 mg
  • calcium 61 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and begin to darken. Remove from oven, and set aside.

  3. In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and ground cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and let stand about 5 minutes.

  4. Gently scoop out insides of the baked sweet potatoes, and place in a heatproof bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until there are no lumps left. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.

  5. Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup, and discard. Pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes, and top with the toasted pecans. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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