Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smashed Sweet Potatoes: A Simple, Quick, and Very Tasty Thanksgiving Side

I mentioned before that I have a tiny kitchen, so preparing big meals with many courses can be a challenge. Over the weekend, we had friends over for dinner, and I decided to test a new side dish on them to see if it would be a good addition to our Thanksgiving meal. They really liked it, so it’s a go. And best of all, it’s a really quick dish that doesn’t require the use of the stove as the sweet potatoes are cooked in the microwave.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 5 – 6 sweet potatoes
  • Butter, about 1 – 2 tablespoons
  • Cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like), about 2 tablespoons (more if you feel particularly “cheesy”)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork several times.
  2. Put the potatoes in the microwave and cook them until they are soft. (Three medium sized potatoes cook in the microwave in about 6 minutes.)
  3. Once the potatoes are cooled a bit, peel the skin and cut the potatoes into small pieces.
  4. Smash the warm potatoes with a potato smasher.
  5. Add the butter and the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Reheat the dish in the microwave before serving.
Servings: About 6 – 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes

A super easy and quick dish that’s also very tasty.

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Question: Which part of the Thanksgiving meal are you looking forward to most? I’m really looking forward to the smashed sweet potatoes. I’m also looking forward to pumpkin pie.

Be well,