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A white bowl with mashed sweet potatoes decorated with fried sage leaves, a soon and an orange plaid kitchen towel.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Sage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Mashed sweet potatoes are a holiday favorite in the USA. Although it is sweetened lightly with maple syrup, this version is more savory than sweet and incorporates fried sage leaves into the mash.
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Holiday Favorites
Servings: 6 to 8 people
Calories: 410 kcal
  • pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh sage leaves about 1 cup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ to ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup heavy cream optional
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a 6-quart stock pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to medium, season the water with salt and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender to a knife point.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, pre-heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and fry the sage leaves until they are fragrant and slightly crispy – about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the fried sage leaves to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain well. Return the potatoes to the pot and immediately add the butter and ¼ cup of the maple syrup.
  4. Using a potato masher, food mill or an electric hand mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth. If desired, add the heavy cream for creamier sweet potatoes.
  5. Reserve the prettiest fried sage leaves for the final garnish. Break up the remaining sage leaves and fold them into the mashed sweet potatoes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and more of the remaining maple syrup. Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining sage leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Sage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 151mg6%
Potassium 931mg27%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 37859IU757%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.