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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Smashed Sweet Potatoes for Two

In my effort to make more side dishes for dinner, I tried this recipe for Smashed Sweet Potatoes by Ina Garten. These were delicious! They have a prominent orange flavor from the orange juice, which I didn't mind, but I think any light colored juice would work - like apple or even pineapple. I scaled the recipe down for two, but the original make much more, so it's an easy recipe to adapt for as many people as needed. These sweet potatoes go great with turkey meatloaf muffins!

Smashed Sweet Potatoes for Two

1 large sweet potato
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon orange juice
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk (I used skim)
2 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
dash of ground nutmeg
dash of ground cinnamon
kosher salt, to taste (approximately 1/3 teaspoon)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste (approximately 1/6 teaspoon)

Preheat oven to 375F.
1. Scrub potato and poke several times with a knife or fork. If desired, place on a plate in the microwave for about 5 - 10 minutes to get a head start on the cooking process.

2. Bake sweet potato in oven for about 1 hour (if you pre-cooked in the microwave, this may be as little as 30 minutes), or until very soft when pierced with a knife.

3. When sweet potato is cool enough to handle, carefully cut the skin and peel it off, scraping the insides into a large mixing bowl.

4. Using a stand fitted with a paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer or potato masher), combine the cooked sweet potato with the orange juice, cream or milk, butter, brown sugar, spices, and salt/pepper. Mix to desired consistency.

5. Transfer potatoes to a small baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until heated through.

Source: Adapted from Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa


  1. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods in the whole world! I love them. These look great.

  2. This sounds so yummy! I bet my kiddos would love this!

  3. What a tasty recipe. I can imagine it would be really good with pineapple juice but for some reason, the orange juice in it has my mouth watering.

  4. Sounds great, I don't think I've ever had sweet potato and orange before. Definitely something to try.

  5. I've had orange with butternut squash before and it was so delicious. Never thought to do it with a sweet potato. How delicious!

  6. These look great... I never thought to add orange juice to sweet potatoes.

  7. I love all things sweet potato! These look really good and something I should be trying!

  8. I definitely need more side dishes as well. This is a great one that's so healthy too.

  9. Mmm, these look addicting and I love the orange juice in them!


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