A Mash Made in Heaven

Looking for a new and different sweet potato recipe? I hope this helps! Not quite sure how I came up with this sweet-but-fiery treat, but I did and it is delicious and super easy to make. This mash of sweet potato, plantain and Bosch pear is sweet with a little heat, and full of interesting texture. Goes great as a sweet snack, or alongside anything with barbecue sauce.

Here’s what you need:
Makes 4-5 servings

  • Two sweet potatoes
  • Two plantains
  • Two Bosc pears
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Here’s what you do:

Boil your sweet potatoes. Leave the skin on while the potatoes boil (wash them off first, of course). Once you can puncture the potatoes with a fork without too much trouble, they’re done. Immediately dump the sweet potatoes in cold water. Let them sit there for a couple of minutes, and “Voila, magic” **in my Future voice,** the skin comes right off.  Remove any leftover skin/bruises and cut up the sweet potatoes in like eighths, maybe tenths or elevenths (idk, lol) and put them in a mixing bowl; sprinkle in cinnamon.

[at this point, I would go ahead and peel and cut up your pears, sprinkle with cinnamon, and put them to the side]

Sauté your plantains. Peel the plantains, cut them up to the size of your choosing, and then throw them in a heated (low-medium heat should be good) pan with some butter. Turn/stir them often. After the plantains have cooked on their own for about 3-5 minutes, add in your cut-up, cinnamon-y pears. You may want to add in one or two more teaspoons of butter. Stir up your mixture really good and cover for about 3 minutes.

Stir in your cinnamon-y sweet potatoes in the pan. Sprinkle sea salt and cayenne pepper into the mixture — make sure you cover your ground, but don’t get crazy. Stir everything together really well. By now, everything should be cooking down enough so that the sweet potatoes, plantains and pears are mashing into one another (though not super mushy).

Let everything cook together, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

Voila, magic. All done! Enjoy!


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