Wednesday, September 26, 2012

recipe: mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese

It’s funny how our taste buds change over the years. I was definitely a picky eater as a kid – I wouldn’t eat fish, shellfish, “weird” sauces like mayonnaise, most vegetables, olives, strong cheeses, among other items I’m sure...
It took until my late teens for me to become more adventurous and open to different foods and cuisines. Now, I couldn’t imagine not enjoying things like caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes or salmon. But I’m guessing that to the taste buds of many youngsters, some flavours are just too strong to be enjoyed (at least the first or second sampling).
As a kid, I clearly remember feeling annoyed that good food was “ruined” by strong or strange ingredients – why, why, why did Mom have to add booze to perfectly good custard, pound cake and fruit? This recipe for mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese is a perfect example of something that I would have loathed as a kid but absolutely love now.
This would be a great side dish to your upcoming Thanksgiving turkey dinner – don’t forget the brandied orange cranberry sauce! (recipe available at and of course a separate side bowl of , plain Yukon gold mashed potatoes for the kids.
mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese
  • 6 (six) pounds sweet potatoes
  • 6 (six) tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ (one-half) cup heavy cream or milk
  • ½ (one-half) cup goat cheese (plain) or try “woolwich dairy” cranberry cinnamon goat cheese for a twist
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Prick each sweet potato with a fork a few times. Wrap each potato in tin foil and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake until tender, about 1 – 1 ¼ hours.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and let cool slightly. Halve sweet potatoes and scoop out flesh into a large bowl. Add melted butter, cream, crumbled goat cheese and salt. Mash until smooth and season to taste with pepper.
  5. note: if you’re a goat cheese lover like me, try crumbling additional goat cheese on top of the mashed sweet potatoes before serving.

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