Mashed Sweet Potatoes: A delicious side with a new twist

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I love good mashed potatoes.  They are a perfect side to any meat entree whether it be steak, chicken, or pork.  They are something that can be perfect when prepared correctly and don’t need to do anything really exciting to enjoy it.  However, recent trends have offered up a new take on this classic side that can make it (in my opinion) even better: the dawn of the popular sweet potato!

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Sweet potatoes have become maybe the hottest starch around in recent years.  Whether served up as fries or mashed into oblivion, they are a new exciting thing and are no longer relegated to being that holiday side covered in mini marshmallows.  I must point out, I have chosen to use sweet potatoes for this, NOT YAMS.  I think they provide a better vessel in this case.

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The cut up today is not the actual recipe.  I did make one change but the overall sentiment is the same as the originator.  The cut up here is really the change to the classic mashed potato.  Other than sweet potatoes, this dish is laced with spinach, shallots, and, my personal cut up because I don’t like blue cheese, goat cheese.  A whole new array of flavors with the sweet starchy background of sweet potatoes.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Goat Cheese

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (or more, about one per person is appropriate)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with the sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender
  2. In a saute pan, cook the shallots over medium heat in the olive oil until soft and slightly browned.
  3. Combine the sweet potatoes, shallot, spinach, goat cheese, and milk in a large bowl an mash until well combined.
  4. Season and mash again
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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