Vanilla Scented Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Chef Scott Neuman, Oba! Restaurante, Portland, Oregon
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  • 1/4 vanilla bean, (fresh)
  • 1 3/4 cups half and half
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the half and half, add the scraped vanilla bean and simmer in a saucepan for 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to boil the mixture over.
  • Meanwhile, cut the sweet potatoes into small chunks, cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until very tender.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and add the butter and salt. Remove the vanilla bean from the cream mixture and slowly add to the potatoes, while using a food mill, ricer or masher.
  • Add the half &half and season to taste with the salt. Keep warm over a double boiler until needed.
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