This three-ingredient dish, known as piele in Hawaii, is fabulously simple. Coconut milk--an occasional indulgence because of the saturated fat--contributes rich flavor.

Susan Herr
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 10 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)

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  • When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard skin. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a medium microwaveable bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Add coconut milk, ginger and salt; stir well. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; 3.2 g total fat; 339 mg sodium. 23.2 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2017
I'm so glad I found this recipe! I used regular coconut milk for a richer flavor and I grated the ginger. I will definitely make this again! Pros: Easy delicious Whole30 compliant Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2016
I made this for Thanksgiving last year and they were a hit. Everyone liked them from my in-laws who always liked everything too sweet to my step-dad who NEVER likes sweet potatoes (I am the only one he'll even try them for). Only downside was there were no leftovers:( I think I did make them with primarily cinnamon as opposed to ginger and I always tend to add in more than the recommended amount of seasoning and I used the oven as opposed to the microwave Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2016
East and Delicious This was so easy. I sometimes switch out the spices using ginger nutmeg all spice or cinnamon or combinations. I omit the salt I don't use added salt in my recipes. It's also good when made with cashew milk. If you don't like using a microwave it's just as easy to make in the oven. Pros: Easy healthy delicious Cons: None Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/27/2015
Do you call this a healthy recipe all the while using a microwave oven? Do you know the disastrous results of using that kind of heat? Much too fast. No Wonder there is so much cancer in the USA. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2015
3 Ingredients My A YOU LIAR. oK SO i haD to Be the one THat SeriousLy Shouted this onE oUt. And I wilL now NoTE thaT therE arE JUSt sOme peoPle that Cant StanD mE UsiNg caps Like THIs. ooOps Pros: you added salt. I WILL FIND YOU Cons: the fourth ingredient. YOU Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2012
Fantastic! This turned out grey! Made the day before and reheated in the oven. None left my guests loved it. Fresh and tasty! Pros: Easy inexpensive simple tasty Cons: Don't use the microwave!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2012
simple and nummy I absolutely love this recipe; i now keep a constant supply of coconut milk just so i can make this whenever i feel like peeling sweet potatoes HIGHLY recommended Pros: easy few ingredients delicious Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2012
Microwaving does not equal eating well This recipe has potential to be great however microwave cooking is terrible for your health! Throw away your microwave. The convenience is not worth denaturing your food and zapping any enzymes out of existence. And as a previous reader commenter coconut is good for you and doesn't have the same effects as eating saturated fat from animal sources. It is a great source of lauric acid a vital nutrient which is present in human breast milk. Pros: coconut milk Cons: microwave preparation Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2011
simple & delicious I love this recipe. In fact I made these for thanksgiving. If you appreciate simple flavors and love sweet potatoes there is no reason you will not love this recipe too Pros: easy cheap uncomplicated Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
All saturated fat is not the same the saturated fat in coconut milk is completely healthy. Learn your fats! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Definitely - coconuts and their fats are very good for you. The types of fat contained in coconuts has been shown to be extremely beneficial in a host of different diseases including cancer HIV (and AIDS) and several others. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I know about the fats and I know about the health benifits of coconut milk now could someone actually give a review of the recipe itself. I was really hoping to hear someone actually say it's yummy before I cook it for thanksgiving. lol Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Could I boil the sweet potatoes and get the same result? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I wonder if this recipe would be better or worse with a little crushed pinapple added in. Or maybe orange zest? Any opinions? Thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
yeah i really wish people would start excluding coconut oil when talking about saturated fat and at least start noting that saturated fat from coconut and it's medium chain fatty acids (MCFTs) have a different effect on our bodies and health than "regular" saturated fat Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
These were just OK I thought these were just OK. They kind of boring & though I was convinced that I liked them at first I quickly got sick of the taste & couldn't finish what was on my plate. Read More