Friday, November 29, 2013

RECIPE: Cream Cheese Sweet Potato Mash

Well, did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? Get enough food to eat? Enjoy seeing the family? Did you host the celebrations, or did somebody else? Did you make any homemade recipes? Here's one I made- my first time attempting it too. And it turned out really good! 
It might've made more sense to post this recipe before Thanksgiving, but I only created it the night before, so that would've been a little too tight a time-frame for most people, I'd imagine. And besides, I had to make sure everyone at our family's party actually liked this recipe before I sent it out to the whole world to try! Like I'd want angry letters from readers saying how they made this recipe and everybody started gagging on it or something (Don't worry- that didn't happen). But this recipe's base is mashed sweet potatoes, so if you have some leftovers, then you could make this, I bet. But then again, maybe not, unless you made your sweet potatoes plain. Either way, you could always attempt this recipe for next year's Thanksgiving, or anytime really. Like you need me to tell you when it's okay to make a sweet potato casserole. Christmas is coming up too, so you could make this mash even then.

So, here's what you'll need to make this mash (PS, this recipe is big enough to feed an army! You might want to half all the ingredients if you don't want a huge casserole tin full of leftovers): 
  • 6 to 7 large sweet potatoes
  • 16 oz. cinnamon-flavored cream cheese (I used the kind on the right from Philedelphia, but it's a limited-time only flavor so you might have to use something else)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, more for sprinkling on top
  • 10 oz. chopped pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp. salt, more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon, more for sprinkling on top
Directions for Cream Cheese Sweet Potato Mash:
  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes with a scrub brush under running water.
  2. Peel the skins off the sweet potatoes, then slice them each in half.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water, with just enough water to cover the potatoes.
  4. Boil the sweet potatoes until tender and you're able to cut through them easily.
  5. After the sweet potatoes have finished boiling, cut them into cubes and place them in a large casserole dish.
  6. Mash the sweet potatoes completely, then add the cream cheese and incorporate thoroughly into the sweet potatoes.
  7. Add in the milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon, then mix well.
  8. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  9. Finish off by sprinkling the top of the sweet potato mash with more brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  10. You can serve the sweet potato mash anytime, but it tastes the best warm, so you can place it in the oven or in a crock-pot to heat up before serving.

It took me FOREVER to boil the sweet potatoes, and it wasn't until forty minutes later that I figured I should've cut those huge potatoes into halves. Remember to make sure they're tender so the sweet potatoes are easily mashable.

I started cutting the sweet potatoes into really small pieces, almost like dicing them, but then I was like, "Doy! They're going to be mashed anyway!" The tiny pieces were actually very hard to mash. Imagine that.

Maybe it doesn't look that way, but that is one HECK a lot of sweet potatoes!

Originally, this recipe was going to consist of just sweet potatoes, cream cheese, and pecans. But then I started experimenting with the milk and the syrup and the brown sugar, and thus, this mash was born.

Anyway, I'm sure you're wondering how this stuff tastes, and let me tell you, it's good! But for all the sweet stuff that's added in, this mash doesn't taste OVERLY sweet. The pecans added a nice texture and this dish was pretty thick and rich overall. Everyone who tried some thought it was delicious, and I would have to agree! Just the right amount of saltiness and sweetness. But it feels awfully decadent, and I suppose for a holiday like Thanksgiving, that is not a problem whatsoever. It does come but once a year, after all! I hope you and your family enjoys this dish as much as mine and I did.

Make this recipe for yourself? How did it turn out? Post your results down in the comments below!

Till' them. this has been RiRi ri-porting!




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