Whipped Sweet Potatoes With Cheerwine and Ginger

Photo by Bryan Regan

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Serves six

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerwine
  • 2 ounces fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • Freshly ground white pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a sheet pan, roast sweet potatoes whole for 45 minutes, or until soft to the touch. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine Cheerwine, ginger, and allspice berries. Bring to a simmer. Add brown sugar and reduce for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often. Add orange zest and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Liquid should be reduced by about half and have a syrup-like consistency. Strain and set aside.
  3. Peel sweet potatoes, cut them across the grain, and put into bowl of a stand mixer. Using a paddle attachment, mix sweet potatoes until smooth. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until fully incorporated. With the mixer on, slowly add Cheerwine mixture to sweet potatoes, tasting halfway through to gauge sweetness. Adjust to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Recipe from Chef Kevin Callaghan of Acme Food & Beverage in Carborro, NC

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