Chipotle-Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Let's face it: sweet potatoes rule. AND they're super healthy for you, which combined with the fact that they rule means we end up eating them about once a week. And lately this is the way I've been making them, because though this recipe takes a while it's generally low-maintenance and gives me plenty of time to drink an entire bottle of pinot noir all by myself. Because I'm a real classy broad like that.

You'll need:
  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (try and pick out a matching pair to that they'll cook for the same amount of time)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1-2 (depending on how spicy you like your food) chipotle peppers in adobo (cans of which you can find in the Hispanic foods section of your local grocery store)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Put an oven rack in the middle position and preheat that baby to 450°F. (Usually I just use the toaster oven. Seems to work just fine.) While that's going, line a baking sheet with foil and prick each potato several times with a fork. (The foil will catch all the sugars that seep out of those holes you just made and make clean up so much easier.)

Bake your sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet until they are very soft. This should take about an hour to an hour and a half.

Remove the potatoes and reduce the (toaster) oven temperature to 350°F.

As soon as the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scrape the insides into the bowl of a food processor, and add all of your remaining ingredients.

Then give it a whirl until everything is whipped up all together.

(If you don't have a food processor, you can use a stick blender or even a regular blender, though it'll probably be a whole lot more difficult to get your whipped potatoes out of a regular blender. OR! You can mash the peppers up with a fork into a fine paste in a large bowl, then add the other ingredients and whip that all together with a hand mixer.)

(You might also be asking yourself what you are going to do with the rest of those peppers from that can. Well, I have no idea what you are going to do with them. But what I do with them is I put them in a small, freezer-safe container, and I stick them in the freezer. Then, whenever I make chipotle-whipped sweet potatoes I take that small, freezer-safe container out of the freezer when I put the potatoes in the oven. By the time I need peppers to throw in the food processor, they're thawed out enough so that I can pull a couple out and put the rest back into the freezer. And then I repeat that process until I'm all out of peppers, at which time I buy a new can and start all over again. But feel free to do whatever it is you want to do with them.)

Spoon out your puree into an oven-safe receptacle of some kind.

Then bake your whipped potatoes until they're hot, for about 20 to 25 minutes. Then serve. And hopefully enjoy. But if you don't then, meh, there's nothing I can really do about that now can I?


  1. This sounds awesome. I'm totally trying it this week.

  2. OMG, that's amazing! I would never have thought to put chipotles with sweets, but now that you mention it, it sounds perfect! We buy sweet potatoes at: Costco (betcha never saw that coming, didja?) so we ALWAYS have some. Yum!!

  3. Question: I claim not to like sweet potatoes. Will I like this?

  4. ashley - report back!

    eclectic - this is truly a killer combo. hope you like it!

    jenni - i think i need more information. what is it about sweet potatoes that you don't like? when was the last time you tried one?

  5. I've only ever had the marshmallowy ones at Thanksgiving and it's probably been 10 years since I actually ate them.

  6. yeah, those aren't very good even at the best of times. you might want to give this one a shot and see if maybe your tastes haven't changed.

  7. I'll definitely try it. I mean, it's from Kat's Kitchen, it must be delicious.

  8. Oooh, these look delish. I've been coming around to sweet potatoes since 1) sweet potato fries and 2) coconut curry mashed sweet potatoes entered my world, so I should try these once my kitchen is back in working order.

  9. see, that sounds awesome, but the two things seth refuses to eat are coconut and curry. booooo.

  10. Um. YUM! Bookmarking...

  11. I have an unnatural love for sweet taters. I'm usually a huge wuss about pepper usage, but I will gladly overcome my wuss-itude long enough to give this a go.