A Healthy Cooking Tip

“Cream, butter and fat are tasty, so without those ingredients, you have to find great flavor elsewhere. I use a lot of spices, herbs and Mediterranean ingredients to make my recipes shine,” said Bobby Flay, Top Chef.

His tip is to use flavor not fat. Below is a delicious recipe to try that uses spices rather than butter to make the potatoes a delectable dish.

Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce, from the pepper can


Put the sweet potatoes in a steamer basket and put the steamer in a large pot of simmering water that is 1 inch from the bottom of the basket. Cover and steam over medium-high heat for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.

Remove the steamer basket, pour the water out of the pot and dump the sweet potatoes into the pot. Add the butter and salt and mash with a potato masher. Add the chile and sauce and continue mashing to combine. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown for Food Network Magazine,  Photographs by Yunhee Kim <http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_497799_RECIPE-PRINT-FULL-PAGE-FORMATTER,00.html&gt;


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