Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Hi there– Our Christmas table was probably like yours, loaded with our best cooking efforts.  But this simple bowlful was my favorite part of our Christmas lunch.  Sweet potatoes, not too sweet without the customary marshmallow goo, and with a lovely flavor thanks to the “secret” ingredient— vanilla!

2 large sweet potatoes (orange)
1/4 cup whole milk (or half & half)
2 tab. melted butter (optional)
1/2 tsp.salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
a handful of pecans for garnish

Bake the potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until a fork pierces them easily.

Scoop the sweet potato flesh out of the skins into a mixing bowl.  Add in the milk, butter, salt and vanilla.  With an electric mixer beat the whole thing until it’s fluffy and light.

Spoon the sweet potatoes into a serving bowl and sprinkle the pecans over the top.  (You can make these ahead and reheat them in the microwave when it’s time to eat!).

8 thoughts on “Whipped Sweet Potatoes

    • Hi Marcia– Yep, my aunt Mary Ann used to put vanilla in her wonderful sweet potato/pecan bake. So I just simplified her recipe. Hope your Christmas was a good one– are you relaxing your way into the New Year??

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