We’ve dabbled in sweet potato mashes quite a lot around here. Sweet potatoes are amazing. They are so versatile. They can be sweet, savory and even spicy! This is exactly what we did for this recipe. We combined all three elements! I like your traditional sweet potato casserole served at Thanksgiving with all the goodies layered on top: brown sugar, maple syrup, and marshmallows; but I wanted something different to serve this year. A couple of months ago we made a creamy sweet potato mash via our Chopped-themed date night. It was delicious. This is a play off of that recipe, except it’s slightly spicier, a little less sweet, and a lot more savory. If you like some heat and an incredible amount of flavor, this recipe is for you. It has an extra special crumble topping and an extra, extra special beer pairing. Can we all say … Yum? Yum.
Weather: It’s absolutely beautiful out today. Right around 60 degrees, it is the perfect Fall day. This is great, since I feel like Autumn has been almost been nonexistent this year. It has me craving more sweet potato mash =). Sweet potato mash = Autumn…let’s be honest.
What am I doing: Well so far today, I have cleaned the house, cooked away my life and pickled some zucchini. It’s been fun-filled. For real. Now I need a nap.
Recipe Fun Facts:
I’m not going to lie, there is some serious heat in these potatoes. This can be toned down. You can decrease each type of pepper and eliminate the jalapeno completely if you wish. I would not suggest eliminating the chipotles since this ingredient makes up a big part of the recipe, but you can certainly decrease the amount by 1 or 2. This recipe can also quickly become vegetarian by eliminating the bacon.
Other than that, the recipe is pretty straight forward, and extremely easy. Also, don’t let the cookies scare you! They play a very important role in this recipe!
If you haven’t tried Evil Twin Brewing yet, I suggest that you do. They brew some magical beers. Seriously…Magical. More recently, we had a chance to try their Imperial Taiji Stout: Yin. It was sooooo yum. I still can’t get over it. Traditionally, I would have paired this dish with a harvest ale or pumpkin of some kind, but I couldn’t resist this stout. It’s heavy and warm and the perfect pairing for such a warm dish. It seems as if Evil Twin is starting to pop up in more and more locations. If you happen to come across it, don’t doubt it for second and pick up a bottle or 12. =)
It’s been a long week already and it’s only Tuesday, but we will get there! Have a great night eveyone!