Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Steak


Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Steak

I am in love with sweet potatoes right now.  My kids are okay with them.  As long as I keep cooking them I think they will start to get used to the taste.  I remember when they were little the doctor telling us to have them try food up to ten different times before thinking they don’t like it.  Some tastes just take getting used to.

My family has been craving steak so I did some research on how to cook it and decided to give the recipe for Restaurant Steak from Made from Pinterest.com a try.  I normally would never fry a steak on the stove top.  I don’t know why.  I guess I was just never taught to do it that way so I never did.

Verdict:

This meal was awesome!  The steak was flavorful and tender.  The kids each ate a whole steak (3/4 lb).  The sweet potatoes were sweet without being cloying.  I am trying to ween the kids off covering their sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar so they were absent from the table tonight.  Plus these really had just enough butter and sweetness that they did not need any extra.

I served this meal with broccoli and a green salad.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Poke several holes in each sweet potato and place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake the potatoes until soft, about 40-45 minutes (depending on size).  Turn the potatoes over at least once during the cooking time so they cook evenly.
  2. Remove potatoes from the oven.  Cut each potato in half and scoop out all of the flesh into a medium-sized bowl that can be place in the oven.
  3. Add cream cheese and butter to the bowl and mash with a fork until all the lumps are gone and ingredients are well combined.  Add salt and pepper to taste and stir thoroughly.
  4. Press the potatoes into the bottom of the bowl and carefully wipe down the sides of the bowl with a clean paper towel.  Any potatoes left on the sides of the bowl will burn.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the mashed potatoes with the brown sugar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until brown sugar has melted and top begins to lightly brown.
  7. Remove from oven and serve.

Steak:

  • 3 lbs. steak, I used flank steak
  • 2 sticks of butter  – 1 stick softened
  • 4 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 Tablespoon dried thyme
  1. To make the compound butter: Take 1 stick softened butter and combine with garlic, parsley and thyme. Place in plastic wrap, roll into a log and refrigerate.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of the steaks.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Add remaining 1 stick of butter and olive oil to a pan which you can put in the oven.  Allow the pan to become hot over medium-high heat.   Sear steaks 2-3 minutes each side until a nice crust forms, while spooning melted butter and olive oil mixture in the pan over steaks. Once both sides have a nice crust put the entire pan in the oven for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your steak.
  5. Cook your steak to your liking – 135 degrees for medium rare or 140 for medium.
  6. Add a pat of the compound butter during the last two minutes of the steak being in the oven.
  7. Remove steak from oven and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

 

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