This week's featured recipe and tips by:

Tammy McAfee

Culinary Resource Coordinator at Central Market Poulsbo

Tammy started dinner-party clubs in the late 1980s with other couples where the goal was to cook new types of food, enjoy an evening with friends and get some feedback. She is passionate about finding new ingredients and products to experiment with – guilt free! Her favorite aspect of the Resource Center is introducing customers to simple concepts – “It’s empowering for those who didn’t grow up cooking to learn some techniques,” she said. With two teens, Tammy has a lot of opportunities to cook for the swim and track teams and, she said, “they’ll eat anything!”

This delicious mash pairs great with traditional glazed hams and roasted birds, as well as Indian curries.  Add a good Beaujolais to round out the meal!

Peel and cut sweet potatoes the same size to ensure even cooking. 

For ease, make this dish a day ahead and reserve a portion of the coconut milk.  When reheating, add the final bit of warmed coconut milk to your dish, stir and enjoy your celebration!

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Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cut potatoes – peeled or unpeeled according to your preference – into equal-sized chunks. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until easily pierced with a paring knife.
Drain well and return to pot. Let potatoes sit in pot, uncovered, for a few minutes before mashing. Meanwhile, shake the can of coconut milk so the thick cream on the bottom is distributed. Heat the butter and coconut milk in a small saucepan until butter is melted (this can be done in the microwave).
Mash potatoes to desired consistency. Stir in butter. Add sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe from Central Market Poulsbo - Culinary Resource Center
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