I write mostly from the Sustainable Living perspective, but have been thinking a lot about my roots and want to share that part of me and my cooking with you. I am Sustainable (and learning more everyday), but I am every bit as Southern as I am Sustainable. I thought I would start now with this Southern Smashed Sweet Potato recipe to open that part of my food heritage and food love. I probably wouldn’t have such a love for food had I not grown up in the South.
Sweet potatoes remind me more of Southern cooking than any other vegetable. The South has the perfect temperature for growing these beauties and I cannot remember a holiday that sweet potatoes were not served in a variety of ways. One of the Southerner’s favorite preparations is to boil and whip the potatoes with some butter and a little sugar and then to mound small marshmallows on top and roast them.
For me, I like simple elegant Southern foods that I call honest or real. I like to eat them with a little seasoning, but I really want to taste the vegetables and the meats that I prepare. I don’t want anything to overpower the true flavors from the simple beautiful victuals, especially that of the sweet potato.
Last spring Bonnie Plants supplied us with a ton of sweet potatoes to plant. They have grown like weeds and we are reaping a plentiful harvest. I have so many plans for these sweet potatoes!
We have already made Healthier Crunchier Sweet Potato “Baked” Fries, Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon (yummy), Sweet Potato Bread and Bread Pudding and for the holidays I will be making my Southern Smashed Sweet Potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are naturally healthy and I never feel guilty when eating my Sweet Potato Cheesecake. Did I tell you cheesecake is my favorite food group! Everything cheesecake. Well, to get back on point, sweet potatoes contain three times more fiber than white potatoes, vitamin B6, A, C, Beta-Carotene and Manganese! These nutrients contribute to a glowing complexion and vibrant healthy hair. I am going to eat these daily, for I am in great need of all I can get of that!
Just a side note, if you have trouble sleeping, heart palpitations, migraine headaches, and are sore on the lower part of your skull you may be low in manganese. Besides sweet potatoes, fish and green leafy vegetables are full of manganese.
If you like this recipe, you will like my other recipes in Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living. Happy Cooking!
This recipe is fantastic for Thanksgiving and Christmas!!
Southern Smashed Sweet Potatoes
- Place potatoes in large pot and add water to just cover them. Set heat to high and boil potatoes until tender, and then drain.
- Place potatoes back into the pot and fold in butter and sugar until dissolved. Blend in spices with a hand mixer until well incorporated and potatoes are smooth. Serve hot with extra butter!