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Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree

Yields1 Serving

Rich and buttery pecans are slightly toasted before being pureed with sweet potatoes for a creamy, comforting side dish.

Caramelized Onions
 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or pecan oil
 2 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 ½ lbs yellow onions, chopped
Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree
 1 ½ cups pecan halves
 2 ½ lbs sweet potatoes
 3 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 cup lowfat milk, room temperature
 1 ¼ tsp flake sea salt
 ¼ tsp rubbed sage
Caramelized Onions

Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onions and stir to coat in the mixture, then reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until the onions are a deep gold and smell slightly sweet, about 1 hour, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sweet potatoes on a pan lined with tin foil and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven but leave the oven on.


Spread out the pecans on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn it off. Allow the sweet potatoes and pecans to cool.


Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking the butter, stirring several times to ensure it cooks evenly, until the liquid turns deep gold and the mild solid bits at the bottom of the pan are dark brown and the mixture smells toasty and nutty. Remove from heat and set aside.


Once the sweet potatoes have cooled enough to handle, peel off and discard their skins using your hands. Place the sweet potatoes, pecans, brown butter, milk, salt, and sage in a blender or food processor and puree at medium low speed until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary to ensure a thoroughly blended mixture.


Empty the puree into a mixing bowl and stir in the caramelized onions. Top with additional pecans. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 230mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.