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.
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.
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! 🙂
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?
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. 🙂
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!