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    Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Pancetta

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    40 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    40 hrs

    Tish's Note:

    I thought I had Thanksgiving all figured out until I ran into this recipe. More savory than sweet it might be just the thing to complete that turkey dinner!

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    1. 1
      Boil sweet potatoes in large saucepan of boiling salted water over medium-high heat 15-20 minutes or until very tender.
    2. 2
      Drain sweet potatoes; return to saucepan.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot.
    4. 4
      Add pancetta; cook 2-3 minutes or until pancetta begins to brown.
    5. 5
      Add onion; cook 15-20 minutes or until onions are caramelized, stirring frequently.
    6. 6
      Adjust heat, if necessary, to prevent onions from browning too quickly.
    7. 7
      Add vinegar; stir, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet.
    8. 8
      Over very low heat, mash sweet potatoes.
    9. 9
      Add mascarpone, salt and pepper.
    10. 10
      Stir in onion mixture.
    11. 11
      *Noteyou can use bacon if you don't have pancetta available.
    12. 12
      Just cook the bacon in a medium pot of boiling water 1 minute.
    13. 13
      Drain and rinse until cool.
    14. 14
      Blanching helps remove some of the smoky flavor from the bacon.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 27, 2003


      My husband doesn't like the traditional sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and marshmallows, so I was going to make a small dish for myself. Then I found this more savory-than-sweet recipe. He enjoyed them, our guests and I loved them! I used regular bacon instead of pancetta. I also did the onions overnight in the crockpot (did a lot for another recipe). We definitely will make this again for the holidays.

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    • on November 26, 2003


      This is an excellent alternative to the ultra sweet dishes that usually are made of sweet potatoes. It is unusual and I hope it will be a hit at my Thanksgiving meal.

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    • on December 26, 2009


      I made this last year, and we enjoyed it so much that I served it again at yesterday's Christmas dinner. I love the flavors and wouldn't change a thing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Pancetta

    Serving Size: 1 (133 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 133.3
    Calories from Fat 30
    Total Fat 3.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 280.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
    Sugars 5.3 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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    mascarpone cheese

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