How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes
It’s not hard to make mashed sweet potatoes. They are basically a cooked sweet potato that you mash into mush. How you cook those sweet potatoes is up to you. You can boil them (as I do here), steam them, bake them, air-fry them, pressure cook them or even microwave them. Once cooked, the most important part is how you season them and that’s where a recipe might help. In this recipe for mashed sweet potatoes I fall back on a solid rule that covers all my recipes – keep it simple.
Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Contrary to many, I am not a fan of the overly sweet sweet potato dish that lands on so many Thanksgiving tables. I like to keep my savory side dishes savory and that’s what you’ll find here. I do like to add a little maple syrup because it enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and the flavor pairs so nicely, but there’s not enough to make this recipe really sweet. A little fried sage adds a nice herb note, and the heavy cream and butter give it a decadence making it a go-to side dish on the table.
Sage and Options
I fried the sage leaves in this recipe to give them a little texture in the potato mash. Fry them a few at a time, for just a few seconds before pulling them out and draining on a paper towel. They should still have a nice green color. The leaves in the photo above on the left have cooked too long. If this happens to you, it’s not a crisis, just fry the next batch for less time. If you don’t want to fry the sage, you can absolutely chop the fresh sage and stir that into your sweet potatoes once mashed. If you’re not a fan of sage, try fresh thyme.
How to Mash Sweet Potatoes
You also have options on how to mash your sweet potatoes. You can use a standard potato masher, bash them around with a good wooden spoon, push them through a potato ricer or food mill or you could use your hand mixer for the task. Now, I’m not usually a proponent of using a hand mixer to mash potatoes, but that’s when you’re dealing with Russets or Yukon Gold potatoes. The starch content is much higher in a regular potato and using a hand mixer can make those potatoes gluey. With a sweet potato and less starch, you don’t run this risk, so grab that hand mixer and save your arm strength for when it’s time to eat!
Making Mashed Sweet Potatoes Ahead
You can absolutely make mashed sweet potatoes ahead of time. Go ahead and store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator. When it’s time for dinner, you can re-heat these potatoes in the microwave, giving them a stir a couple of times during the re-heat. You can also re-heat them in a pot, stirring regularly and adding a little more butter and cream. Or, you could re-heat them in a covered casserole in the oven at 325˚F for about 20 minutes, stirring them halfway through.
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How much sage if I use the spice instead of fresh?
You could use 1 teaspoon of dried rubbed sage in the recipe.
Love your receipes
U make it uncomplicated