A perfect party dish sure to surprise and delight. The color is gorgeous; it is best at room temperature and simple to prepare; it can be made hours in advance and, best of all, shaped into fun forms. Lime and ginger produce a cool, refreshing taste quite different from the usual preparations for sweet potatoes. I love it as an appetizer and make different shapes depending on the occasion. For a summer evening, I might shape it into a goldfish – the color is ideal. For an autumn or Halloween party, a leaf or pumpkin shape does the trick. In December, make it a gold ball or star. —Luci Paul
sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
peeled, finely grated ginger
finely grated lime zest
freshly ground black pepper to taste
In This Recipe
Steam or boil the sweet potato until quite soft, 25-30 minutes. Drain if necessary. Put through a ricer or mash until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture should be quite soft so that it can be used as a spread. Add additional cream if necessary.
Shape as desired. Add touches as necessary: a slice of scallion for the goldfish's eye, a dusting of cinnamon for the stem of the leaf or pumpkin, glittery cake decoration for the gold ball or star.
Serve with bagel crisps, a dark flat bread, or purple potato chips.