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Learn how to make these amazing sweet and savory mashed sweet potatoes!
One day, as I pondered my love for mashed potatoes, I thought “if regular mashed potatoes are delicious, I wonder what mashed sweet potatoes would be like?” And so was born a new recipe; sweet and savory mashed sweet potatoes. And what a grand recipe it was!
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Super simple to make, mashed sweet potatoes are great served as a healthier* replacement to regular mashed potatoes. Soft, creamy and flavorful, the sweet potatoes are first roasted to bring out the sweetness. Now, the potatoes have plenty of sweetness on their own, so I add only a touch of brown sugar to enhance that sweetness. The addition of the roasted garlic and salt add a savory dimension to the potatoes, giving them that popular salty and sweet flavor combination.
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*I say healthier, because these sweet potatoes still have a good helping of cream and butter, as you would expect from me.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash, peel and cut potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes. The smaller the cubes, the quicker they will roast (I guess that’s somewhat obvious).
Roast the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes. The potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced by a fork or knife.
Mash the potatoes in a bowl along with the butter and roasted garlic cloves. Over mashing the sweet potatoes will leave you with a goopy, gluey mess. Leave some pea to dime sized chunks for some added texture.
Mix in the cream, brown sugar and salt. Adjust the salt to your preference. I find a little extra salt is nice to counteract the sweetness of the potatoes. The balance of salt vs. sweet in these mashed sweet potatoes is the perfect melding of flavors. Best served with a pad of salted butter on top.
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While these mashed sweet potatoes are a great complement to any dish, I find them particularly tasty served with pork chops.
Omit or reduce (depending on your definition of healthy) the cream and butter to make a healthier version of these potatoes. Add a couple tablespoons of water to hold the potatoes together if necessary.
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Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2-3" cubes.
- Add sweet potatoes and chopped garlic cloves to a pot of salted water (use 1/8 cup of salt) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Drain the potatoes thoroughly, ensuring any excess water is drained off. Combine the cream, butter, salt and brown sugar in a bowl and add the sweet potatoes.
- Using a potato masher, mash all the ingredients together until fully combined. Serve topped with fresh sage and butter.
- Drain the sweet potatoes thoroughly otherwise they will be watery. You can throw them in the microwave for a few minutes to cook off any excess water;
- Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. I find they get a little gluey when using a food processor;
- If the mashed potatoes are watery, place them in a pot on the stove and cook until the excess liquid has evaporated;
- If the potatoes are too dry, add additional cream or whole milk until the desired consistency is reached.
Have you ever made or eaten mashed sweet potatoes? How do you like to prepare your sweet potatoes Do you prefer regular russet potatoes or sweet potatoes (yams)?