Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing tired of the same ol’ mashed potatoes?  I don’t think I ever did, as they are one of my favorite sides.  But theres nothing wrong with a new twist on an old favorite.  Just ask Alton Brown from the Food Network show “Good Eats” who comes up with a very unique take on mashed potatoes, using not ordinary potatoes, but their rather sweeter cousins :

The recipe for a batch of Alton Brown’s Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes called for the following ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used a different butter, worked fine)
  • 1 whole canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (Note: use one PEPPER; do NOT use the whole can as some people have mistakenly done so before)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (optional in my book)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or whichever amount to your liking)

I changed it up a bit by adding some fresh ground black pepper, using garlic salt, and omitting the adobo sauce as the pepper itself was already pretty drenched in it.  Whichever way you choose to make it, you’re sure to come out with a good product.

I made this one night for Emily and they turned out surprisingly good.  I steamed the potatoes on medium heat until they were “chopstick tender” as my mom would say.  That is, seeing that a chopstick will easily go through the cubed potato.  I then added the potatoes, butter, salt, and pepper together and mashed them until the potatoes were of an even consistency.  After that, came the chopping of the chipotle pepper and mixing them into the potatoes.  After the peppers were well mixed in, voila, Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

This dish is not only pleasing to the eye, but gives a very good contrast of sweet and spicy flavors and it went great with the medium rare skirt steak and green beans that I boiled before stir frying with minced garlic and mushrooms.  One pointer with the chipotle pepper: use one and ONLY one per batch unless you have a solid tolerance for spicy food.  Two peppers is quite spicy and three is likely only for the few and very daring.

Here’s an image of the end product.  Bon Appetit.

Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes


2 Responses to “Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes”

  1. […] Ahh, the new twist on the old favorite, Alton Brown’s Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes.  The recipe for this bad boy can be found on my other blog article: […]

  2. Good point that I had never thought of before.

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