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Baked Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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The other day I decided to put together a huge bowl of mashed sweet potatoes. I like mashed sweet potatoes a lot. It’s a perfect side dish for chicken or steak or anything. Mashed sweet potatoes are great with sprinkles of cinnamon or nutmeg. I noticed at many restaurants they make it too sweet. They add way too much brown sugar and sometimes even add an extra layer of melted brown sugar on top. It almost seems like you can’t taste the natural sweetness of the potatoes and all you taste is, yeah, pure melted brown sugar.

I like my mashed sweet potatoes simple and light. Here’s a basic recipe for mashed sweet potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk

Directions:

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut the potato into smaller chunks to speed up the cooking. 
  2. Boil the potatoes until they are tender. Potatoes are ready when you can insert a fork into the pieces easily.
  3. Drain the potatoes and place it into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add butter, brown sugar, and milk.
  5. Mix well, melting the butter and brown sugar as you stir. 

There were a lot of mashed potatoes left over and so I decided to try something creative. I wondered how they would taste baked in an oven and perhaps breaded too.

I gathered some additional ingredients: all purpose flour, an egg, and some Panko breadcrumbs. I decided to use Panko breadcrumbs, since they are lighter, crispier, and flakier than normal breadcrumbs. I scattered the flour onto a large plate, beat the egg in a small bowl, and poured some Panko breadcrumbs onto a second large plate. Here’s what else I did:

  • Molded the mashed potatoes into 2.5-inch diameter patties.
  • Lightly covered each potato patty with some all purpose flour.
  • Dipped the patty into the egg.
  • Rolled patty onto breading, covering both sides evenly. 
  • Placed patties on to a baking sheet.

I baked the patties in the oven at 350 degree for about 15-20 minutes.

They came out looking pretty neat. I really like the flakiness of the Panko breadcrumbs. The patties were crispy on the outside and the breadcrumbs held the mashed potatoes quite well. The consistency was good but I found the potato patties to be a little bland. Maybe a different type of breadcrumbs, more sugar, or extra spices would work better in this case.

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