We are in the midst of Black History Month, celebrating the rich heritage and culture of African American people. During this month we remember the history and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Traditions that have helped define the African American people and flavored our lives. Food has been a way to celebrate each other and come together in fellowship. Children are an essential part of what makes a culture flourish. Passing down recipes is common in the African American community. Having your child help you continue these traditions will both bring you closer and develop their social, fine motor, and cognitive skills. The following recipe uses sweet potatoes, a vegetable often found in African American cuisine especially in the South.
6 (8 ounce) sweet potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until tender enough to easily pierce with a fork. Cool slightly and remove peels.
2. Place the cooked sweet potatoes into a large bowl and mash with the horseradish, honey, butter and salt. Whip with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, adding heavy cream as needed to get the texture you desire. Serve immediately, or keep warm in the oven until time to serve.