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Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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.

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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.

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  1. Camille

    February 1st, 2013 at 11:48 am

    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. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I am definitely going to buy this book and try a ton of recipes. Loved how easy it was and how fast.

  3. Lily Sheng

    February 1st, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    So, is this a Test Kitchen recipe?

  4. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    February 1st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    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!

  5. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    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.

  6. Carole

    February 1st, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    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. 🙂

  7. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    You will love it!

  8. Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    February 3rd, 2013 at 5:26 pm

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

  9. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Yes it is! Loving my new PC!

  10. Barbara Schieving

    February 9th, 2013 at 7:32 am

    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!

  11. bakedbree

    February 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I can see why! It is so versatile!

  12. Kate

    October 16th, 2013 at 10:31 am

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

  13. bakedbree

    October 20th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    this is tasty! Love sweet potatoes cooked this way.

  14. Andy

    November 23rd, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    The ingredients list includes “1/2 thick”. What’s that?

  15. bakedbree

    November 24th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Peeled and sliced 1/2″ thick.

  16. Pamela Woodbury

    December 5th, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Could you please say how many the recipe will feed
    next time? I’m trying to make enough for 40 people
    so it would be handy to know number of servings. Thanks.
    Pam~

  17. bakedbree

    December 5th, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I have this posted:

    Serving Sizes

    I get a lot of comments asking me about serving sizes. I made a decision early on to not include them because I feel that it is very subjective. You can assume that if it is meal or a side dish, that it fed my family of 5. Cookies and bars are dependent on how large you portion them. A lot of times if I sourced a recipe that I adapted it from, you can find it there.

  18. Astrid

    February 1st, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Does the water cover the sweet potatoes so they cook evenly, or did you use a trivet/steamer?

  19. bakedbree

    February 2nd, 2016 at 10:07 am

    No, just a cup of water. The steam cooks them.

  20. Zoë

    February 17th, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Is it possible to freeze once cooked? I’m breastfeeding and love my sweet potato super food!

    Thanks your recipe is divine!

  21. bakedbree

    February 24th, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I have never tried to, but I think that you could.

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