Our Le Creuset Holiday Giveaway is proving to be very popular. I can't wait to see who wins $720 worth of Cherry Red pieces to use for the holidays. I will announce the winner on Dec 11th, so good Luck! Until then, I will continue sharing some fabulous vegan holiday recipes I am making at home with my Le Creuset cookware.
As I mentioned when I posted the Spicy Roasted Candied Maple Pecans earlier this week, I was inspired by Bryant Terry’s Thanksgiving menu in the holiday issue of the Vegetarian Times to add some candied maple pecans to a vegan version of my mother-in-law Sandra Hanes’s orange cinnamon sweet potato mash. The results were spectacular, and I had to share the recipe with you.
The original recipe contains cream, butter, and sugar. However, I find roasted sweet potatoes to be so naturally rich and sweet, you don’t really need to do too much to achieve a decadent, rich, flavour. In this instance, as where we are stirring through the maple pecans, we need to add even less flavourings and seasonings, as the roasted nuts add such an earthy, smokey sweetness. So, I found keeping the mashed sweet potato base simple yielded a balanced flavour that was particularly pleasing.
If you want to serve these mashed sweet potatoes without the pecans to create a more simple nut-free side dish, you may want to add in more orange juice, cinnamon, maple syrup, and salt. You could also add in a pinch of nutmeg and ground ginger.
Either way, these mashed sweet potatoes are dressed to impress.