Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Holy enormous yam, Batman!

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Let me give you some insight into how monstrous this sweet potato really is:

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Here’s my dilemma: I don’t particularly like sweet potatoes.  I don’t do the whole roasted-with-marshmallows bit, I don’t like to just pop them in the microwave and just eat them…but I do like cajun sweet potato fries.  Those are delicious. 

Well, if I don’t like sweet potatoes, what am I doing with one? That’s the thing about Bountiful Baskets.  You may not love love LOVE every item you get.  The good news is that you can make some pretty tasty stuff with things you don’t necessarily drool over.

Back to the story.  I wanted to make something new, different.  So I found this recipe for potato-yam chipotle mash.  It’s amazing.  I didn’t have the chipotle things this recipe calls for, so I changed it up a bit. 

I still used two regular potatoes and then 1/2 of the yam (since it’s so humongo).  The ration worked out about the same I think.  Anywho, boil ’em, drain ’em, toss ’em in a bowl, and if you don’t have the chipotles or are lazy like me, add the following:

1 can diced green chiles

Dash paprika

Dash red pepper

Dash cumin

Dash season salt

Add more until it smells about right.  Then add your milk and whip them up. 

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Ta-dah! Now mine are not nearly as pretty as the one in the other blog, but they are totally delicious. 

While they don’t pair particularly well with the caprese-style chicken I made, the whole thing was a pretty nice Valentine’s Day dinner.  Well, that and the cherry cobbler we had for dessert.