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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.

Health NOVEMBER 2006

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

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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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 211
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 35mg
  • Calcium: 61mg
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