Monday, March 26, 2012

Spicy sweet potato and parsnip mash

The usual flavor add-ins for sweet potatoes are sweet: brown sugar, maple syrup, maybe even marshmallows...shudder!  So it came as a bit of a surprise to me when I heard someone suggest adding chipotle powder and a minced jalapeño pepper to a mashed sweet potato and parsnip mixture.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Parsnip Mash

2 sweet potatoes
2 parsnips

Olive oil
1/2 to 1 t chipotle powder
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

Use pre-cooked sweet potatoes, or else peel and chop them for boiling.  Peel and chop the parsnips.  Boil for about 20 minutes until very tender.  Drain saucepan and set vegetables aside.  Heat about 1/2 c milk in pan until warm.  Return vegetables to pan, adding oil, powder, pepper, and salt.  Mash, adding more milk if needed.

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