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I made mashed sweet potatoes that came out way too sweet. Any thoughts on cutting the sweetness (adding white potato?)?

The recipe called for brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, and a bit of cream mixed with the sweet potato. I added it all and it is way too sweet.

asked by Pamela Carden about 1 year ago
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Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

added about 1 year ago

Adding more potato (even more sweet potato is okay) is the best solution, but you could also try balancing with some creme fraiche or sour cream—the tang might help cut through all of that sweet!

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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added about 1 year ago

Ooh, that creme fraiche or sour cream or yogurt tang is a great, great idea.

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added about 1 year ago

Great idea - thank you!

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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added about 1 year ago

Yes, white potato is a great idea! And salt, to taste. Do you want to take it very savory or just make it not too sweet? A little splash of cider vinegar might help to balance it too.

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creamtea

Lisanne is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Add some melted butter and perhaps a bit of grated orange zest. I wouldn't add white potato.

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amysarah

amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Besides another sweet potato, you could also add some eggs and cream or milk - then bake it. It will have a more custardy, rich texture. While you're at it, throwing in a few tablespoons of rum would also cut the sweet a bit and add flavor. (This is actually very close to a savory sweet potato pudding I made for years.)

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

In addition or alternative to white potato - something from the onion family (including leeks or shallots), carrots, squash, some cooked rice or other grain.