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When I make sweet potatoes, I have one of those perennial holiday questions. Is it a side or is it dessert? Granted, with mashed potatoes, there isn’t a lot of dispute. They quickly fall into the “side” category. However, the mighty sweet potato can go two different directions.
Baked with butter and green chilis, it can be a hearty side. However, adding brown sugar, molasses, and marshmallows takes us to the rich end of the meal. Sweet potatoes are suddenly a truly sweet treat.
As I plan my meal, I prefer to land somewhere in the middle. Yes, there is plenty of added sugar, it IS the holidays after all, but I also add bourbon and my most favorite ingredient, smoke. My holiday sweet potatoes refuse to be categorized because simply, they are the best of everything. A hint of sugar, a bit of bourbon, and it all encompassed by the smoldering wisps of a cedar plank on the grill.
My only problem with this mighty sweet potato dish is making sure I have enough for leftovers the next day.
Planked Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Grilling Time: 20 minutes
3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
¼ cup molasses
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ounce bourbon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup mini-marshmallows
Options are endless when it comes to other planked sides.
Planked Garlic and Parmesan Potato Chips
Twice Baked Planked Potatoes
Planked Sausage Rolls
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