The older I get, the faster time seems to pass by. As work continues to take over my life, I live week by week, planning only as far as the upcoming Saturday. Looking at my calendar, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away! Like many others, Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays. The endless feasts combined with the company of friends and loved ones is truly a special time. As a chef, the first question that pops into my mind is, “What should I put on the menu?” Always looking for new dishes, I decided to up my game on traditional side dishes including mashed sweet potatoes. Inspired by sticky toffee pudding, I decided to top brown butter sweet potatoes with a sticky pecan topping. Bring this to your next potluck and I promise you, everyone will be impressed.
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Brown butter and sage go in hand in hand and can be used for almost every dish. I’ve used it as a sauce for pasta, seafood, and vegetable side dishes including these mashed sweet potatoes. The nutty flavor that comes from the butter adds another flavor element to the potatoes, complementing the sweetness of the dish.
Now how do you make brown butter? It’s actually very simple. First, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low melt. Let the butter foam, cooking out the water. A couple of minutes later and watch as it turns from gold to brown. Add the sage and there you have it, folks!
Mix the butter and cream in the cooked mashed sweet potatoes and stir until the potatoes have absorbed the mixture. Meanwhile, prepare the pecan topping. Just like the brown butter, the pecan topping only takes a couple of minutes. Heat the maple syrup, molasses, and vinegar to a boil and cook until slightly thickened. Stir in chopped toasted pecans and drizzle the topping over the mashed potatoes.
Garnish with fried sage if desired and serve immediately. These brown butter sweet mashed potatoes with sticky pecan topping are everything and more! The deep flavor of the molasses paired with the nutty brown butter and creamy sweet potatoes is just perfection. Now on to planning the rest of the menu…
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