Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Plain baked sweet potatoes are great; this way of preparing them is sublime. Serve with turkey dishes, along with cold apple or cranberry sauce.
* 4 medium-size sweet potatoes
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoons maple syrup
* juice of 1/2 lemon
* salt and freshly
* ground pepper, to taste
* ground cinnamon or nutmeg, for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pierce the sweet potatoes two or three times with a fork. Arrange them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the flesh is tender. Slit the skin to let the steam escape.
Heat the milk, butter, and maple syrup in a large skillet or saute pan; do not boil. Scoop the sweet potato flesh into the same pan, then mash mixture together with a potato masher. Mash in the lemon juice and salt and pepper, to taste; the texture should be slightly lumpy but still mashed. Serve right from the pan or transfer to a serving dish. Dust the top with cinnamon or nutmeg, and serve at once.
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