Sweet Potatoes with Coconut-Ginger Topping

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.

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medium dark-orange sweet potatoes (2 lb), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
cloves garlic, finely chopped
cup water
teaspoon salt
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
cup flaked coconut
tablespoon grated gingerroot
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.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Instead of coconut, try chopped pecans as a topping for the potatoes.
Success Hint
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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 140
    • (Calories from Fat 70),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 200mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 10g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 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.