Sweet-Potato Purée With Smoked Paprika
3 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and softened
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon sweet or hot smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.
- Prick each potato once with a fork, then bake potatoes in a foil-lined shallow baking pan until tender, about 1 hour.
- When cool enough to handle, peel, then cut away any eyes or dark spots.
- Purée potatoes with butter, cream, paprika, salt, and cayenne in a food processor until smooth.
Make Ahead: Purée can be made 1 day ahead and chilled in an airtight container. Reheat in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally.
- Side Dishes, Potato