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Old October 23, 2011   #11
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Smashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Chile powder, cumin and ginger combined with a touch of maple syrup
create a spicy-sweet flavor addition to a traditional Thanksgiving player.

Active Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yield: 12 servings, 1/2 cup each

4 pounds sweet potatoes (4-5 large)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground (see Tip)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Tip: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind in a spice mill or blender into a fine powder.

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
• Pierce each sweet potato in several places with a fork.
• Place directly on the oven rack and roast until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer to a cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
• Slip off the skins and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch slices; transfer to a large bowl.
• Add butter.
• Smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until fluffy but some lumps remain.
• Add maple syrup, chili powder, ground cumin, ginger, salt and pepper; stir to combine.

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