Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sweet Potatoes Galore!

In my Mariquita Mystery box, along with lots of other fresh veggies, were a ton of sweet potatoes - so what did I do? For one I made Sweet Potato Pound Cakes.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup sugar
2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (I roasted 3 for about 30 min in skins)
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon each baking soda and powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional - chopped pecans for the top

Cream butter and sugar add eggs one at a time, then mix in potatoes. Stir all dry ingredients together then add to the bowl and mix lightly. Fold in OJ, zest and vanilla. Pour into butter & floured pan (I use that spray stuff) and top with a few chopped pecans. Bake in 1 large bundt pan for about 55 min. or in 4 small pans about 35 min at 325 degrees.

I'm not a huge fan of those super sweet marshmallow topped concoctions, so the other thing I made when I did the smoked turkey thing at my mom's house was a sweet potato gratin - sooo good! Adapted from Bobby Flay

Not too Sweet Potato Gratin

about 3 medium sweet potatoes peeled and thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
about 2 cups half & half
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo
tablespoon butter

Mix milk, chipotle and s&p. Place the sweet potato slices in a layer and pour over a little cream, repeat until pan is full. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 min. Remove foil and bake another 30 min. or until tender.

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