Thursday, March 4, 2010

Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes

from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
This dish was served at the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon. While it does take an hour to roast the sweet potatoes, that time is completely inactive and the end result is unbelievably delicious and full of many layers of flavor! I highly recommend this for a delicious side dish that'll wow anyone. And you can say you're eating like a president!
Serves 4

3 lbs. sweet potatoes (3 medium-big ones)
2 T. butter
1 t. salt
¼ c. orange juice
1½ t. brown sugar
1 T. molasses
1 t. cumin
2 T. maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Put sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast in oven about 1 hour, until easily pierced with a fork.
2. Once done, peel sweet potatoes while still hot. The skin should come off quite easily. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or fork until desired consistency. (I like pretty smooth but not like baby food.)
3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve warm.
Notes: This recipe can easily be made a couple days ahead of time! Seasonings can obviously be modified and adjusted according to personal taste. This could even be sweetened a bit more and served as a bread pudding, pie or cake for dessert. One of Michelle and Barack's favorite foods is sweet potatoes, so bon app y'all!


  1. this might make a nice seder dish.

  2. true!! and it can easily be made several days in advance!