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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum and Chipotle-Pecan Butter


4 sweet potatoes (about 2½ pounds total)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

¼ teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon butter, plus more for the pan

4–6 slices Chipotle-Pecan Butter (recipe follows)

¼ cup toasted and chopped pecans

¼–½ cup sorghum

Chipotle-Pecan Butter

½ pound unsalted butter, softened

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup toasted and chopped pecans

¼ cup chipotle in adobo purée*


 “It (sorghum) has such depth of flavor—from charred smoky wood tones to nutty profiles—but not bitter like molasses can be,” – Chef Anthony Lamas.

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Toss with oil and pinch of salt and bake on baking sheet for 1–1½ hours, until fork-tender. Set aside to cool.
  3. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop out flesh. Discard skins and mash flesh.
  4. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, white pepper, and butter. Stir to combine.
  5. Grease a 3–4-cup casserole dish with butter and spread potato mix in an even layer. Bake until heated through, 10–15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top with Chipotle-Pecan Butter and heat for another 2–3 minutes, until butter starts to melt.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with sorghum before serving. Amount of sorghum depends on sweetness preference.

Chipotle-Pecan Butter

  1. Place all ingredients in medium bowl of standing mixer, fitted with wire whisk attachment. Gently combine until well mixed.
  2. Lay a large piece of parchment on flat surface and, using a spatula, scrape butter mixture onto center of paper. Shape butter into a log and wrap tightly in paper, twisting ends to tighten. Wrap parchment log in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

*To make chipotle in adobo purée, place 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Keep frozen by the tablespoon in an ice cube tray for future use, thawing as needed.

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