Sunday, December 4, 2011

Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen






Without any added sugars at all, this is one of the best sweet potato dishes I have ever tasted. I've made a pecan crusted brown sugar sweet potato dish for the past few Thanksgivings. That one is always popular, but this one is actually even better. My husband absolutely loved this and has already stated that he would happily eat this for a dessert.

The sweet potatoes are roasted until they are bursting with rich flavor. The color is intense and the flavor is almost indescribable. The vanilla provides a delicious undertone to the dish and the butter and cream take this to a level I can only compare with a warm mousse. I served this on Thanksgiving and every single person who tasted it loved it. Two recipe requests and my husband's rave reviews to everyone who would listen, proved that it wasn't my imagination. This is an incredible sweet potato dish. We are all looking forward to having it again.

For a girl who didn't think she liked sweet potatoes very much, I am now a solid convert. I've made sweet potatoes in three more recipes over the past week and I LOVE them.

Vanilla Bean Mashed Sweet Potatoes
recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks
(printable recipe)

3 lbs sweet potatoes, cleaned and left damp
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
2/3 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 - 1 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, adjust to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, or until cool enough to handle with care. Peel and discard the skin. I cut mine in half and the skin basically fell right off of them with barely any effort. Place the potatoes in the bowl of a food processor*.

While the potatoes are cooling from the oven, pour the cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the scrapings from the vanilla bean, as well as the vanilla bean pod itself. Bring to a simmer and heat for 5 minutes, scraping the sides and stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Use tongs to remove the vanilla bean or simply pour through a strainer onto the potatoes in the food processor. Add the softened butter.

Puree the mixture until completely smooth and thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Keep covered and warm until serving**.  

* The original directions are for a food processor, however I do not have one right now. I made this using a hand potato masher and the blender, pureeing the potatoes in two separate batches. It worked great, but it definitely would have been simpler with the food processor.

** I made these the day before. I cooled them completely and them covered them and placed them in the refrigerator. A couple hours before serving them, I set them on the counter to come closer to room temperature. Then, I warmed them in the oven at 350 degrees for about half an hour. Stir before serving.

Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


25 comments:

  1. This is a very unusual combination for me... the way you described it makes me want to try it right away...

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  2. They look like a pudding to me..I sometimes will eat mashed sweet potatoes for a snack when I want something sweet. These sound amazing and what a great concept with the vanilla beans!

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  3. I'm amazed you did this without a processor...my first though on seeing the photo was how incredibly smooth they are.

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  4. We also prefer our sweet potato dishes unsweetened and this one looks so creamy and delicious.

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  5. Forgot to tell you - glad you liked the kitchen - it has worked out well for us.

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  6. Those look unbelievably silky. Vanilla is so under-used in savory applications but it can be even better than in sweets!

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  7. Your mash looks amazing! Amazingly smooth and creamy! Yum!

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  8. Really nice color, looks a little like dulce de leche or butterscotch caramel. I have never tried sweet potatoes made this way, would certainly love to.

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  9. I love sweet potatoes too, and this is too high a recommendation to ignore! I can't wait to try this recipe.

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  10. What a beautiful dish.... they are silky-smooth. I wish I could convert my husband to sweet potatoes. So far, no luck.

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  11. Oh wow these looks so good! I love sweet potatoes!

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  12. Yum, sweet potatoes. These look delicious.

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  13. That is an amazingly eye-catching dish!

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  14. Oh yeah, I'll definitely be making this for Alexis, she LOVES sweet potatoes and I have two beans that need to be used.

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  15. Mary,
    those have got to be the absolutely the smoothest potatoes I have ever seen in my life!! Unelievable, girl! And to think you did that with a hand masher and blender?!! You totally ROCK!! I so want these. NOW!

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  16. This post is absolutely fetish-worthy and I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

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  17. I can never get my sweet potatoes so smooth....it makes me want soup though....pass the cream!

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  18. Absolutely beautiful mashed sweet potatoes!

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  19. I tried this and it was a big hit... :) Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, Anisha!

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  21. Sounds like a plan! Do you think this would work if the sweet potatoes were steamed? That might cut about 45 minutes out of the cooking time.

    all the best,
    David

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    1. I think that the basic recipe would work, but the taste would probably be different from the original. Roasting sweet potatoes brings out a great deal of sweet flavor that I'm not sure would come through with steaming. If you do try it, please let me know how they turn out. I would love a shortcut version of this recipe!

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  22. Truly yummy. I made this last week to test before the big day. OH MY so good.

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