Sweet Potato Puree (Sweetly Simple)
Sweet potato puree can be made for various palates. I know when I hear the word “puree,” I think of baby food. That’s not the only way a puree can be enjoyed, though!
I’d never branched out too far, in terms of trying new dishes, until my recent years. Seriously, anytime I went to a family reunion, I’d walk away with a plate full of mac & cheese and other pasta salads. Nothing else. I didn’t trust anything I couldn’t identify, especially if it was mushy. When you freak out about texture like I do, it’s very hard to try new things!
Rest easy with me. Since I’m skeptical, I always analyze a few different recipes before making my own. I like to look at all the ingredients and methods. Then I can decide if my palate can handle it or not! That’s also why I like to make my recipes so general, because if you’re really picky, you need the freedom to alter everything to taste!
I also don’t have a food processor due to lack of space. I have a trusty potato masher, though. This is my food processor. If you have patience and a good place to mash, you can make a sweet potato puree without extra electronics as well.
The Only Things We Need:
- Potato masher
- 1 or more sweet potatoes.
- A knife to peel and chunk the potatoes into small pieces.
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- 1-2 tbsp butter
- A dash of salt and pepper
- A medium saucepan
- A strainer
- A bowl or saucepan to mash and puree the potatoes in.
I love using local honey because I have a lot of seasonal allergies. I think it adds a nice texture to a lot of things, too.
- In the medium-sized saucepan, cover the peeled and cut potatoes (only slightly) with water.
- Bring them to a boil, for about 7-15 minutes, or until they’re tender when pricked.
- Strain them when they’ve reached a nice tenderness.
- Puree (mash until they’re mush!) them with the honey and butter.
- When they’re nice and pureed (by hand), season them with the salt & pepper (and anything else you think would be delicious).
If you wish to make more than one, just increase the measurements to your needs. I also hear a tangy, spicy sweet potato puree is good. I think, for now, I mostly enjoy my sweet potatoes completely sweet. I’m sure I’ll venture off in another direction with them, soon!