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Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes - Recipes from the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon

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The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine (Arlington, VA) is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Preparation:

Yield: 2 quarts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast until easily pierced with a fork, about 1 hour.

Peel the skin off of the sweet potatoes while still hot.By hand or mixer, smash potatoes until all large chunks are gone. Combine the potatoes, butter, salt, orange juice, brown sugar, ground cumin, molasses and maple syrup in a large bowl. Continue to mix all together until all lumps are gone. Adjust any of the seasonings to your specific tastes. Can be made the day before.

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