Sweet Potato Tipsy

Sweet Potato Tipsy
This is our adaptation of a Louisiana family recipe from How America Eats, by Clementine Paddleford, (Scribner, N.Y., 1960). See the recipe for Sweet Potato Tipsy »James Baigrie

This is our adaptation of a Louisiana family recipe from How America Eats, by Clementine Paddleford, (Scribner,N.Y.,1960).

Sweet Potato Tipsy
This is our adaptation of a Louisiana family recipe from How America Eats, by Clementine Paddleford, (Scribner,N.Y.,1960).
Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 8 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 7 tbsp. butter
  • 12 cup half and half
  • 14 cup dry sherry
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put 8 medium sweet potatoes into a large pot, cover with cold water, and add 2 generous pinches of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soft when pierce, 30-40 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Peel potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Coarsely mash potatoes with the tines of a fork, then add 5 tbsp. softened butter, 1⁄2 cup half-and-half, 1⁄4 cup dry sherry, and 3 tbsp. brown sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer sweet potato mixture to a buttered medium baking dish, dot with 2 tbsp. butter, and bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.