Did someone say dessert? Not exactly, but I think it could definitely double as dessert, it seems so sinful. Around this time every year, I have a slight addition to all things orange. Is it a coincidence that a main color of Fall is orange. I think not. Pumpkin, sweet potatoes and butternut squash have got me going crazy with cooking right now, I can’t get enough vitamin A!
Sweet potatoes are already sweet enough, but there’s one flavor that I love just as much right now – maple. Just the thought of it makes my mouth water. Oh, and I added some cinnamon and coconut milk – are you running to the store yet?
Coconut milk is one of those things that I keep in the fridge because I like it. I’ve never been a huge fan of drinking regular milk, although there’s nothing wrong with it. I just don’t care for it – call it a childhood issue that carried over to adulthood. I drink a glass every morning. It’s refreshing. I find myself adding it to smoothies, subbing it for milk in baking, and adding it to my sweet potatoes. there really are a lot of uses for it.
Mashed sweet potatoes are such a lovely palette for trying out spice combinations. Chinese 5 spice powder would be amazing in this, or adding pumpkin pie spice and a little brown sugar instead of the maple syrup. You could add a roasted banana and puree it in, top with roasted pecans – oh my goodness, I’m trying that soon! My point is, don’t let that sweet potato sit on your counter and gather dust.
Since I am a time saver in every way in the kitchen, I rarely have time to roast a sweet potato in the oven as I’m sure is the proper way to do it. I own a microwave, so that’s what I use. I microwave it until it is soft and then I scoop it out, in much less time than it would take in the oven.
When the potatoes are done, this dish comes together in less than 10 minutes. It’s going to be your go-to side dish for this season.
Try this soon, or make your own combination!
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Wash sweet potatoes and prick several times with a fork
- Place on a paper towel or microwave safe plate and heat sweet potatoes until soft - depending on the size, this could take anywhere from 8-12 minutes
- Rotate the potatoes once during heating
- When sweet potatoes are soft, remove from microwave and allow to cool enough to handle
- Split the potatoes in half and scoop out all of the orange flesh and place into a bowl
- Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl with the sweet potato flesh and mash together by hand
- For smoother potatoes, use a hand mixer
- Serve warm