Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

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.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

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Monica Bhide,

November 2006