Sweet Potato Puree with Bananas and Buttered Pecans

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr 40 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 6 pounds (about 6) sweet potatoes
  • 2 ripe bananas, skins on
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Roast the bananas, with the skins on, for the last 15 minutes of cooking time. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and bananas, and transfer to a food processor. Pulse until the potatoes are chunky.

Add the butter and maple syrup, puree until smooth. Add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt; puree to combine. Transfer to a shallow baking pan and smooth out the surface with a spatula.

In a skillet, cook the pecans in butter over low heat and sprinkle with salt. Saute until well-coated, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Transfer the pecans to paper towels to drain. Arrange pecans on top of puree and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 300 degrees F until heated through, about 20 minutes.


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