Monday, November 22, 2010

White House Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Earlier, as I was fantasizing about my Thanksgiving dinner only a few days away, I began to wonder what the Obama's would be eating for their thankful feast? As I combed the internet I realized that sweet potatoes would definitely be on the menu. They are one of the First Family's favorite vegetables. They are even grown in the White House garden (see the First Lady above helping with the harvest). I came across this recipe for White House Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Wow! That makes this dish sound really official. Keeping with their focus on health as a family I read that the Obama's choose to enjoy healthier versions of traditional dishes on Thanksgiving. Bravo! What could be more stylish than being able to still fit into your clothes after the Holidays?

White House Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4

3 medium (12 to 16 ounces each) sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons butter

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

Pinch of ground cloves

4 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt to taste

1. Set the oven at 425 degrees.

2. Wash the potatoes, pat dry, and wrap each one in foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake until soft all the way through, approximately one hour (cooking time will vary depending on the size of the potatoes).

3. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Unwrap the foil and allow them to cool enough to handle.

4. Cut each potato in half. Scoop out the inside and place in a large mixing bowl.

5. Add the butter, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, cloves, orange juice, and lemon juice.

Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment on medium speed, whip the potatoes until smooth and all the ingredients are incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes.

6. Add the salt and serve.


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