Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Here is a great Thanksgiving recipe that will help your whole family eat a little healthier. My sister and I consulted each other on this one in attempts to get our family away from good ol' green bean casserole. Everything in that recipe is canned... it's just so wrong... and yet somehow it became family tradition. Hopefully this week I can post enough recipes to break all of the unhealthy traditions going around.
This is a much healthier potato dish than your standard mashed potatoes. Tried and documented by Kelly Sharon (my sister).

Ingredients (for 8 servings)
3 organic sweet potatoes
½ of an organic sweet yellow onion
1 head of roasted organic garlic
Organic or homemade Chicken broth (set aside 1 1/4 cups)
Butter or lard (for dairy-free)
1 package of bacon 
1/2 tsp sea salt
sea salt & pepper to taste
organic rosemary

Put the garlic in the oven to roast. Boil the sweet potatoes in half water, half chicken broth with about 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 2 sprigs of rosemary. Boil until fork tender, then drain the water. Mash the potatoes with the roasted garlic, about 6 tbsp of butter and approx 1-1 ¼ cups of chicken broth. Add in the chopped onion and about 5 pieces of chopped bacon.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Put in a greased baking dish with the rest of the crumbled bacon on top and a little more butter.  Baked on 400 deg for about 20 minutes.


  1. Do you fry the bacon first. How big a package of bacon do you use?

    1. Steven,
      It really depends on you and how you like your bacon. If you can't stomach bacon that is not crunchy, you should precook it. Some people get turned off by bacon that looks less cooked. Just don't overdo it on the precooking because it's nice to have some of that bacon grease going into the potatoes. Plus, the stuff that is on top will be directly exposed to the heat and will fully crisp up in the last 20 minutes of baking. I would say anywhere up to a pound of bacon is good. Again, this is all dependent on the people eating it and just how much bacon they like!
      Please note I am changing the directions as far as using the rosemary. Instead of adding it directly, I am changing it to add the sprigs to the water while boiling.