16 February, 2012

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potato

I found this recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen. I loved the colour and the flavours seemed to be just perfect. I read the awesome reviews by the people who have already tried it and I just had to make it. I have no like or dislike towards sweet potato but had never cooked it before. This seemed to be the perfect recipe to start with.

I always prefer following the original recipe as close as possible, to experience the taste of the dish from the authors perspective. I do not enjoy the idea of tweaking the recipes to suit my taste, as it hinders the process of discovering new flavours. I love to surprise myself and then doing my experiments on the original recipe.

This time I followed the recipe very loosely as I did not have the exact ingredients, it's all substitutions, steaming instead of baking, regular salt instead of koshers, black pepper instead of white, salted butter in place of unsalted, vanilla essence instead of vanilla bean. Despite of all the substitutions it tasted awesome, and I can't help but wonder how great it would taste if I'd used Vanilla bean.

The colour did not come out as shown in the author's pictures but we loved the taste. I'm guessing the sweet potatoes here in Kerala, are pale in colour. :(

Recipe source: Artisanal Cooking by Terrance Brennan
References: Barefeet in the Kitchen 101Cookbooks

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 4-5

Ingredients I used:
  • 800gms Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 cup Amul cream
  • 1tsp Grated zest of Orange
  • 2tbsp Butter (room temperature)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly crushed Pepper to taste
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence

1. Wash and cut the sweet potatoes, and steam them. I used the microwave and steamed it for 15minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool.

2. Add the orange zest to the cream and microwave for 2minutes. Keep it aside.

3. Peel the sweet potatoes and put it in the food processor with the steel blade and run it once. Add the orange zest infused cream, vanilla essence and butter. Puree the potato mixture and add salt and pepper to season.

4. Serve warm with a generous drizzle of spiced oil.


1. You can bake the sweet potato instead of steaming.
2. Please use Vanilla bean; if available instead of vanilla essence or extract, it makes a great difference.

Health and Nutrition:
  • Sweet Potatoes are low in Calories and are low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. 
  • They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese.
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  1. Looks fantastic:).. what do u have it with? is there anything specific or u just dig into them?

    1. It can replace the regular mashed potatoes in a meal. My husband loves it with fried chicken. I love them just like that.

  2. Yes I was also thinking that the colour should be orange...book marking this...sounds novel!

    1. It can replace the regular mashed potatoes in a meal. My husband loves it with fried chicken. I love them just like that.

      I don't remember having sweet potatoes that were orange inside. I thought the recipe will give the color but when I got down to make it I realized It's the color of sweet potato.

  3. An altogether amazing recipe! Quite new to me, but I'm delighted to see this. Also, I loved that Spice Oil. :)

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  4. The health benefits of sweet potatoes are very encouraging ...looks fabulous

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. fabulous recipe....very new to me...

  6. Looks yumm, I used to make something similar when Anushka was an infant.

  7. totally new to me,but looks thick n nice flavors..yummy!!
    Thanx for sharing an unique recipe!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  8. Oh dear that looks so creamy and perfectly done.. Yummy flavors

  9. wow, this looks yum, so new to me..sounds great, would love to try this out..

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    1. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

  10. Wow, that looks seriously good! What a great idea, to use vanilla. btw, did you receive that cookbook in the end?

  11. it is looking so creamy n tasty. thanks for sharing sweet potato's health benefits.

  12. The recipe does sound great.You have a delightfully delicious blog! Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy following your blog.

  13. Interesting recipe...If the taste is like mashed potato,then this is a good way of eating sweet potato.I want to give a try...Thanks for sharing

  14. Amy it doesn't taste like mashed potatoes... It is sweet but is a healthier replacement for the regular mashed potatoes. Just replace cream by milk to make it low fat.

  15. New recipe...I have never tried incorporating vanilla and orange in my mashes ...will def try this:)

  16. I have never had vanilla infused mash, but I have to say it looks delightful.! And very yummy..!

  17. i love mashed potatoes will dfntly try it with spiceed oil...thnks fr sharing

  18. really nice .....very different....thank you for your nice comment on my space.....love your blog...joined up through the gfc...am your happy follower now.

  19. this looks awesome n delicious......


  20. Fabulous and yumm mashed Sweet potato Dear.Luvly

  21. Great, never thought of this combination.

  22. Trust me I have been looking for a sweet potato recipe coz they are good for health and packed with proteins. I m gonna try this for sure <3

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  23. never had sweet potato before... will certainly try this... :)

  24. this is avery new recipe.. today i bought sweet potatoes.. first time to try something..actually navin want s a chaat with that.. next time may be i will try this...
    at home we just boil it and hav it plain!!


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