Sweet potatoes are one of the most healthy things to eat, and luckily, they are really yummy. I love them roasted or pan fried so they become crispy, and I rarely do anything else with them. Occasionally, I’ll make a sweet potato gratin. But then I remembered that you can bake them like a regular baked potato. So I tried roasting a couple, the first I ate just like a baked potato, slit open with a little butter and salt. The second, I mashed and fancied it up a bit. I had some leftover crispy prosciutto from my pizza the other day, so I sprinkled that on top with some chopped scallions and threw in some maple syrup for good measure. It turned out to be just delicious. Healthy comfort food? Is there such a thing?
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Prosciutto
1 very large sweet potato or two regular sized
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 scallion, white and green parts sliced
1-2 slices of prosciutto, baked on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until crisp
Bake the sweet potato at 400 degrees on a baking sheet for 40-45 minutes, or until soft. A knife should come out easily. Let cool a little and mash in a bowl with the butter and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with scallion and crumbled prosciutto sprinkled over the top.