Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recipe: White House Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Creamy, savory, low fat...and delicious
Sweet potatoes grow to huge size in First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden, and the White House has released a healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes. These are one of the First Family's favorite vegetables, according to Mrs. Obama. (Above: Mrs. Obama displays a newly harvested sweet potato during the Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest)

"We're sweet potato lovers. Especially the President," the First Lady said recently.

That speaks to both the delicious factor of Sweet Potatoes and their high nutrition content: They're loaded with vitamins A and C, and a terrific source of dietary fiber. Sweet Potatoes are very versatile, and can be used for both desserts and savory dishes. This White House recipe makes a terrific side dish, uses no processed sugar, and is low in fat. The use of cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and chili powder gives the dish a slightly spicy flavor that's a bit of a metaphor for the immigrant experience in America. Citrus juices add flavor and boost the nutrition content, too.

During the Fall Harvest, Mrs. Obama and her group of child helpers pulled about 25 pounds of Sweet Potatoes out of the ground. There was even a little competition going on with Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass and his helpers, to see who could get the most Sweet Potatoes out of the ground first. Mrs. Obama and her kids won, of course. But Kass and his kids made a good show of it, taking about 17 pounds out of the ground (in photo).

White House Whipped Sweet Potatoes

3 medium sweet potatoes

2 Tblsp butter, cut into chunks

1/8 Tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 Tsp ground cumin

1/8 Tsp chili powder

Pinch of ground cloves

1/4 Cup orange juice

1 Tblsp lemon juice

Salt to taste


1. Set the oven at 425 degrees.

2. Wash and dry the potatoes. Wrap each one in foil and set in a baking dish. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour or until they are tender when pierced with a skewer. Unwrap and leave until cool enough to handle.

3. Halve the potatoes and scoop the flesh into the bowl of an electric mixer.

4. Add the butter, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, cloves, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt. Beat the potatoes at medium speed until smooth.

5. Spray a casserole with non-stick cooking spray, put whipped potatoes in, and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

*Serves four

Related: During the special White House episode of Iron Chef America, Team White House created a winning dessert: White House Sweet Potato Pie. Another good recipe for a sweet potato side dish: Sam Kass's Sweet Potatoes and Greens. Sweet potatoes are entry #7 on Michelle Obama's Food Rules. Check the sidebar of the blog for more White House recipes.

*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama