Butternut and Sweet Potato Puree

This surprisingly easy recipe from a beautiful area of the country (known for its fresh produce and fine dining) is the perfect Thanksgiving combination.

Orange juice and cinnamon combined with flavorful butternut squash and creamy sweet potatoes give this dish a delicate citrus sweetness and spicy intensity that could well make it a favorite tradition that your family will ask for year after year.


2 large sweet potatoes
1-pound butternut squash
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut the sweet potatoes in half. Cut the squash in half vertically and scrape out the seeds. Put the vegetables, cut side up, in a baking pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake, uncovered, until they are very soft, at least 1 1/2 hours. Scoop the potato and squash out of the skins, combine them, and mash until smooth.

3. Put the orange juice, butter, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat, reducing until it is about 1/4 cup syrup. Discard the cinnamon stick. Stir the orange syrup into the mashed vegetables, season with salt and pepper, transfer to a small casserole, and reheat gently in the oven or on top of the stove.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from The Hudson River Valley Cookbook, by Waldy Malouf (Harvard Common Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Walsy Malouf. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from The Hudson River Valley Cookbook, by Waldy Malouf (Harvard Common Press, 1998).

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Sounds nice thanks.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing

SuSanne P.
SuSanne P.2 years ago

I made this recipe the other day and it was delicious! I used olive oil as butter is not a product I consume. I also add cayenne pepper to sweet potatoes, trust me it is yummy! Thank you very much.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Thanks for this information.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.