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It's All About Bacon: Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pears and Bacon

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When it comes to sweet potatoes, people usually think fall and winter. This is unfortunate as the sweet and colorful gems of the tuber family are available year-around and should be a staple of the dinner table. Not only are they low in calories and fat, they also contain a hefty dose of beta carotene which makes them a natural cancer fighter.

One of my favorite side-dishes with any type of roasted meat is this Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pears and Bacon. It is a very simple dish to prepare at home. If you can boil some potatoes, you can "whip" this dish up in a matter of minutes.

There are two ways you can whip the sweet potatoes. You can use a hand mixer or faster and more simple, pop the cooked sweet potatoes into a food processor. The reason we are pureeing this and not mashing, is the fact we want to add some air to the dish. Due to the the food processor's blade revolution speed, air will be added and the dish will be much lighter.

Ingredients needed to make Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pears with Bacon (serves 4 as a side dish):

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and cubes
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 chopped cooked bacon, chopped

Steps:

  1. Into a pot of boiling salt water, add the sweet potatoes and cook until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and discard the cooking liquid.
  3. Place the potatoes into a food processor and puree.
  4. Once pureed, into the food processor add the pear, butter, cream and nutmeg and puree until smooth.
  5. Place the mixture into a bowl, top with bacon and serve.

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