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Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

I haven’t made these in a long time, and I don’t know why, I love them!  Well, maybe because Steve doesn’t love them, so I usually just make for myself.

Tonight was the night.  I had two sweet potatoes left from a big farmer’s market bag of sweet potatoes, and Steve is out for the evening.

I also got out a big naval orange, and a few spices.  I may have once had a recipe, but I have no idea where it is.  So I just grabbed some things from the spice cupboard.

I peeled and cubed the sweet potatoes, and cut the orange for juicing.  I mixed up a tablespoon of cinnamon, and a teaspoon each of ginger and cloves from a little tin of organic spices my nieces had given to me.

Into a sauce pan with water to cover went the sweet potato, and onto the stove top to boil.

I juiced the orange, and fiddled with the spice blend.  I ended up adding 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, another tsp of cloves, and a tsp of green cardamom just because I had some in that tin.  I just kept adjusting until the blend tasted right.

I checked the potatoes at 15 minutes, and they needed just about 5 minutes longer before I took them off the heat and drained them.

And mashed them

And blended in the orange juice until smooth.  I then added probably 1 tsp of the spice blend and mixed it all up.  Again, I just did this to taste.

I decided it needed just a little butter, so added 1/2 tablespoon, plus a couple of grinds of coarse salt.

Final product.  So Good!

Served with fish and cucumber slices.  Pretty healthy dinner really.


Orange Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This is mostly to taste.

The sweet potatoes and orange should be one-to-one.  That is, if you are only doing 1 sweet potato, you need just 1 orange.  If you have more people to feed, use 4 sweet potatoes, and you will need 4 oranges.

2 large sweet potatoes

2 large naval oranges

Spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg to your taste. A pumpkin pie spice blend might fit the bill for you if you don’t want to mix your own.

1 Tablespoon butter

Salt to taste

Peel and cube sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.  Place in a sauce pan and add water to cover.  Bring to boil and boil for approximately 20 minutes.  Check with a fork at 15 minutes for tenderness.

Meanwhile, juice the oranges and set aside.

When the sweet potatoes are tender, drain and return to the pan for mashing.  Once the potatoes are mashed, begin adding orange juice and stirring to blend.  The 1:1 ratio should work, but you can taste as you go to see if you want to add more orange juice.

Stir in 1 tsp of the spice blend, and again taste and add more to your own taste.  Stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter, and add a few grinds of coarse sea salt.  Blend thoroughly until smooth.

In the original recipe I had (wherever it is) they got all fancy and you cleaned out the orange shells and piled the mix back in the shells, and then baked them before serving.  I did it once, and it was pretty 🙂


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