Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple, no fuss side dish perfect for the holiday season. Roasting the sweet potatoes enhances the potatoes flavor, and the overall sweetness is balanced out with a bit of spicy cayenne.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

It wasn’t until recently that I developed a liking to sweet potatoes. I, like many others, overlooked the sweet root vegetable. I enjoyed “regular” potatoes, and this other variety was just too sweet and not appealing.

But as awareness of sweet potatoes awesome health benefits grew – yay for high fiber, antioxidants, low glycemic index and potassium — I figured I should give them another go.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

So, I started with the sweet potato fry, it’s so popular after all. After some experimentation, (my husband disliked sweet potato fries more than me), we discovered that we liked sweet potatoes spicy. A bit of salt, pepper, a sprinkle of cayenne, some smoked paprika and sometimes a little granulated garlic and chili powder, create the perfect sweet potato fry.

Now, we make baked sweet potato fries more often than traditional fries. Move over russet potato! 🙂

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The other night I made pan fried pork chops and my sausage cornbread stuffing (which is also perfect for Thanksgiving) and I thought mashed sweet potatoes would go well with the dish.

My husband was worried, sweet potato fries are so yummy, why mess with a good thing?

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

But, I’m a cook and I’m curious. So I gave it a whirl.

I remembered my grandma use to bake sweet potatoes and mash them for Thanksgiving. She never liked the traditional “yams” with all the added sugar. I agree, why add sugar to an already sweet vegetable!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are quite simple. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes. The cooking time depends on how big the potatoes are. I baked six potatoes. One for each member of my family and and extra just in case one of the potatoes turned out rotten inside. You have to be prepared. 🙂

After the potatoes are nice a soft, slice them down the middle and scoop out the inside. Mash with butter, half and half (or heavy cream) salt, pepper and cayenne. I suggested to start with 1/4 teaspoon, but feel free to add more if you like. I know I ended up adding more at the end. What can I say, I love a little spice. 🙂

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The result.

While my husband was a little apprehensive, he went for seconds that night! He said, Mashed Sweet Potatoes won him over.

If you’re looking for a simple, tasty side dish for your holiday meal, you’ve come to the right place. Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy and truly sweet with a hint of spice.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. Happy Cooking!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple, no fuss side dish perfect for the holiday season. Roasting the sweet potatoes enhances the potatoes flavor, and the overall sweetness is balanced out with a bit of spicy cayenne.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Course Dinner, Holiday, side dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Vegetarian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Holiday, side dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Vegetarian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Clean sweet potatoes and cut a few slices in the top. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake sweet potatoes for 30-40 minutes, checking at 25 minutes. Sweet potatoes are done when they’re soft to the touch.
  4. After the potatoes cool a bit, slice each potato down the middle. Use a spoon and scoop out the inside into a bowl.
  5. Mash the potatoes with butter, half and half, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add more or less spices to your liking.
  6. Serve immediately with extra butter if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I always add a little bit of butter and half and half at a time. Mash and add more if needed. Same for the spices. I always taste along the way.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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6 comments on “Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. What a lovely simple sweet potato side dish and lovely to see one without lots of extra sugar but with some spice instead.. I definitely agree that sweet potatoes are sweet enough already. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice.

  2. This sounds so good Jennifer and I love the vibrant colour of the sweet potatoes. I have to admit that hubby & I, probably out of habit, usually go for the regular white potato but as you say sweet potatoes are have sooo many benefits. I definitely need to mix up the potatoes I use for our mash. Thanks for the prompt 🙂
    Angela x

    • I’m with you, usually we’ve opt for a standard white potato. It wasn’t until the last year or so that we started to regularly eat sweet potatoes. I think they grow on you. 🙂 They go well together too.

  3. I am with your grandma: the sweet yam dishes are just TOO SWEET. I love mashed sweet potatoes, and it’s a great idea to go the spicy route rather than sweet. I bet these were fantastic with the pork chops!!

  4. The humble side dish, so often ignored and yet its amazing how a few extra tweaks and a basic vegetable can taste so good. I like to spice up sweet potatoes a bit too despite being a chilli wimp but the sweetness really balances out the spice and compliments each other perfectly. Thank you for linking to #Cookblogshare

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