Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goji Berries
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are a traditional addition to soups and stews. They’re nicknamed “happy berries” because of the sense of well-being they induce, according to Chinese medicine. When plumped in hot water and stirred into this dish, goji berries have a taste and texture similar to raisins.
- Toast walnuts in skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to cutting board, and chop. Add sugar and 2 Tbs. water to skillet. Cook over medium-high heat 1 minute; add walnuts, and cook 5 minutes, or until sugar sticks to walnuts and walnuts are golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool.
- Cook sweet potatoes in boiling salted water 10 minutes, or until soft. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Transfer to bowl, and mash with reserved liquid. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place goji berries in small bowl, and cover with hot water. Let stand 5 minutes to plump. Drain liquid.
- Heat oil with maple syrup and ginger in small skillet over medium low 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add to potatoes, and fold in goji berries. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with walnuts.