Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes


If you smoke, grill or deep-fry your Thanksgiving turkey, consider this your perfect side dish. Alan Conner, co-owner of Dakota Blue in Grant Park, keeps his formula for mashed sweet potatoes simple and delicious. Chipotles adds smoky heat, tempered by just a hint of brown sugar.

4 to 5 medium sweet potatoes
2 to 3 chipotles, packed in adobo sauce
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
Coarse salt to taste

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place sweet potatoes in a steamer basket over 1 inch boiling water. Cover and steam until sweet potatoes are very tender, about 12 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, by hand or using a food processor, finely chop the chipotles with some of the adobo sauce. In a bowl with a hand masher or in a food processor, mash the sweet potatoes. Add the brown sugar, butter and half (or less) of the chipotles. Taste; add more chipotles as desired. Season with salt.

Makes 4 to 6 servings. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Total time: 25 minutes