Chile powder, cumin and ginger combined with a touch of maple syrup create a spicy-sweet flavor addition to a traditional Thanksgiving player. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pierce each sweet potato in several places with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and roast until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer to a cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Slip off the skins and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch slices; transfer to a large bowl. Add butter. Smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until fluffy but some lumps remain. Add maple syrup, chili powder, ground cumin, ginger, salt and pepper; stir to combine.

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Tips

Tip: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind in a spice mill or blender into a fine powder.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; 2.2 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 228 mg sodium. 21.9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2013
Agree: better without the cumin First time I made this I only used half of the recipe for cumin and I still found it to be the dominant flavor of the dish. Definitely better without the cumin. Doubling the maple syrup also makes the dish a bit sweeter and it only adds about 100 cal more to entire dish (not to each portion) so you're still good. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2012
Unspiced Is Better This recipe makes flavorful mashed sweet potatoes but my husband and I find that the flavor of sweet potatoes needs no enhancement; we prefer them plain. Still this dish goes well with Fine Cooking's Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage Capers and Herb Slaw. Pros: Easy Cons: Not worth the trouble. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i really enjoyed this recipe. the heat from the chili and ginger contrasting with the sweetness of the maple syrup and sweet potato was delicious. i cooked the sweet potatoes in the microwave to make it a faster meal and it turned out really well but if it was for an occasion i would use the oven to really bring out the sweetness in the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I found that 1hr at 350 was not nearly enough I left the potatoes in for about 1hr 20 mins and they still weren't cooked all the way. I ended up microwaving to finish the job. Most recipes suggest baking sweet potatoes at 400 degrees so I think 350 was just too low. But it tasted pretty good in the end! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
First I would recommend roasting the sweet potatoes at 400F for 40-50 min on a foil lined baking pan. I also rubbed mine with some olive oil. Second I tasted the potatoes before adding the ground cumin seeds and after and I would recommend omitting them. I thought the flavor was better without it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i let them bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes they were delicious! My family loved it! Read More
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