Maple Sweet Potatoes

Maple sweet potatoes: 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 1 inch pieces, 1 cup of water in IP (you can put the potatoes in to a steam basket or just drop them in the water which is what I did); – set the pressure release to sealing; Select steam – set cooking time to 5 minutes at high pressure.

When finished – Quick release; strain the potatoes; add potatoes back to the pot –add 2 Tbsp unsalted butter; 3 Tbsp of dark maple syrup; 1/4 tsp kosher salt; 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Using a potato masher – mix this all together

If you want: toast some pecans and sprinkle over the top along with 1/2 tsp orange zest

For a casserole: Put this all in a dish – preheat over to 325 – top with marshmallows. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the marshmallows are golden brown on top.

We prefer maple syrup over brown sugar in a sweet potato casserole, and only toasted pecan topping. If you don’t have maple syrup – try brown sugar – the main part of sharing this dish I just made is I used the steam function. The potatoes did not take long, and they were a perfect consistency

Chili with sweet potatoes

Homemade chili seasoning:

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp dried oregano (I grow oregano and this is out of my garden – love the smell of it),

1 Tbsp ground coriander

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1lb beef or chorizo – chop up half a large onion and sauté till tender, add a bit of garlic to that towards the end – also add a chopped poblano or jalapeno pepper towards the end (I play with the amount of garden peppers based on our tastes, and I grow these in my garden so I’m always combining).

Add 3 Tbsps. tomato paste,

2 or 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in to cubes,

4 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (I play with these flavors as well),

2 can black beans (variety of beans work – we like black beans in chili),

1 can beef stock, or 2 cups homemade.

From there, play with spices and additions. Towards the end, I add pasta shells. I’ve added chopped carrots, zucchini, etc to chili – just whatever I have available.

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