Wednesday, December 17, 2014

brown butter sweet potato alfredo

I absolutely love sweet potatoes, but I don't eat them very often because The Hubby doesn't like them at all.  I've tried every which way.  So when he has dinner with his friends, I invite my mom over to share in my food indulgences. 

I know this combination of sweet potatoes and brown butter and Alfredo sounds completely ridiculous, but people--it's ridiculously DELICIOUS!  I cooked the sweet potatoes beforehand so this recipe was done in about 30 minutes.

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo
 {Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo}

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo
 {Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo with Parmesan on top}

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo
from table for two

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound sweet potato, cubed into 2-inch cubes (KY Proud)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less depending on heat preference)
Cooked pasta
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the cubed sweet potatoes and cook until fork tender. Carefully place sweet potatoes into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and brown.  Click here for a tutorial.
  3. Once the butter is browned, whisk in flour for 30 seconds. 
  4. Turn the heat up to medium-high and carefully add the milk and continue whisking until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Add the pureed sweet potatoes. 
  6. Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes until thickened then add the Parmesan cheese, cayenne, salt, pepper, and turn off the heat. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add more milk to thin it out.
  7. Add the cooked pasta to the pot and toss until well-coated.
  8. Serve! 
This is a great way to indulge but not over-do it.  You can even make this for lactose-intolerant family members.

So tell me, besides sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving, do you eat sweet potatoes?  I have a weakness for sweet potato fries and curried ketchup.  Or even baked sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon!  Okay, so you get I love sweet potatoes!  How do you love yours?

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