Sweet Potatoes with Coconut-Ginger Topping

Surprise them with sweet potatoes finished with a fun coconut-ginger topping. Rather add some nutty crunch? Sub chopped pecans for the coconut.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

4
medium dark-orange sweet potatoes (2 lb), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
cup water
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1/2
cup flaked coconut
1
tablespoon grated gingerroot
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, place sweet potatoes, garlic, water and salt. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer covered 15 to 20 minutes or until tender (do not drain).
  • 2 Heat oven to 350ºF. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon melted butter, the coconut and gingerroot; spread on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
  • 3 Mash potatoes, cooking liquid and 3 tablespoons butter with potato masher or electric mixer on low speed until no lumps remain. Spoon into ungreased casserole or serving dish. Sprinkle with coconut mixture.

Expert Tips

Instead of coconut, try chopped pecans as a topping for the potatoes.

The moistness of sweet potatoes varies by color. Lighter sweet potatoes have a drier texture, so you may need to add milk or water when mashing them.

Put the mashed potatoes in a microwavable dish, cover and refrigerate. Make the topping and store at room temp. To serve, microwave the potatoes, loosely covered, on High for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring several times, then sprinkle with the topping.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
16g
16%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
170%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.