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pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeIn celebration of America’s Test Kitchen’s new cookbook, Pressure Cooking Perfection, ATK asked me to try out a recipe or two using their top rated Fagor Duo stainless 8-quart pressure cooker. I have to be honest, I was a little intimated by using a pressure cooker. I watch a lot of Top Chef, and a lot of the contestants reach for the pressure cooker when pressed for time. You can make something that usually takes all day to make and build flavor in less than an hour. I really thought that pressure cookers were for professionals. I was certain that I would blow the lid off of my pressure cooker. But you know what? It was fool-proof. The lid locks, and is completely safe. These are not the pressure cookers that our grandmothers used.

And I know that what you are thinking. Really Bree? Mashed sweet potatoes? Why bother?

Bother because the sweet potatoes were the perfect mashing consistency, stayed a gorgeous bright orange (they didn’t turn brown like they can do when you boil them) and really concentrated their sweet flavor. I really think that I might fall in love with pressure cooking. I know that you can cook beans in one, but I had no idea how many other things that you can make in one. Polenta. Stews. Soups. Pasta. I might have a new favorite kitchen appliance.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipe2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 thick
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeAdd the sweet potatoes, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pressure cooker pot.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeLock the lid on the pressure cooker.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipePut the pressure cooker on the stove over medium-high heat on the high pressure setting. When the pot reaches high pressure, the yellow button will pop up. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes. Make sure that you keep an eye on it so that it remains high pressure. Adjust the heat as necessary.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeRemove the pot from heat and quick release the pressure. Make sure that you point the steam away from you. It is amazing how much steam escapes that pot!

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeDrain the water from the potatoes using a colander. Add the sweet potatoes back to the pot.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeAdd butter, cream, and sugar. Mash with a potato masher. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes recipeServe with a few extra pats of butter. And a little more pepper on top. This recipe is from Pressure Cooker Perfection.

Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 thick
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the sweet potatoes, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pressure cooker pot. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker.
  2. Put the pressure cooker on the stove over medium-high heat on the high pressure setting. When the pot reaches high pressure, the yellow button will pop up. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes. Make sure that you keep an eye on it so that it remains high pressure. Adjust the heat as necessary.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and quick release the pressure. Make sure that you point the steam away from you.
  4. Drain the water from the potatoes using a colander. Add the sweet potatoes back to the pot. Add butter, cream, and sugar. Mash with a potato masher. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with a few extra pats of butter. And a little more pepper on top.
http://bakedbree.com/pressure-cooker-mashed-sweet-potatoes

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15 Responses to Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Camille says:

    I’m so happy you posted this! I recently moved, and while unpacking, I brought my pressure cooker to the forefront of my pantry closet! I have been timid to try different things with the pressure cooker, but I’ve been trying!! I love mashed sweet potatoes, and I’m definitely going to try this recipe!! :o)

  2. Lily Sheng says:

    So, is this a Test Kitchen recipe?

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  4. Very cool! I’ve never actually seen step by step photos of how a pressure cooker works; that doesn’t look too intimidating at all!

    • bakedbree says:

      It really is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have an electric pressure cooker too, but I like the stovetop one more.

  5. Carole says:

    Ooh. When I get myself a pressure cooker, it will be Fagor all the way. I’ve done my research, and it’s just a matter of time. :)

  6. I love sweet potatoes and the fact that you can cook them in a pressure cooker is a plus.

  7. The pressure cooker is my favorite kitchen appliance. Last night I used both of mine. One for the rice and one for the main dish. I haven’t tried sweet potatoes yet. Yours look perfect!

  8. Kate says:

    The dish looks unbelievably tasty, Bree! I really like sweet potatoes and will follow you recipe!

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