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Mash Sweet Potatoes

A sweet potato dish that is popular during the holidays.

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An Easy-to-Make Melt-in-Your-Mouth Side Dish

  • Nov 24, 2010
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Not to brag or anything, but my mashed sweet potatoes are pretty bomb diggity!  Holiday side dishes and desserts are my specialty, so it's no wonder my family puts me in charge of them every year.  There's one rare dish, though, that is a hybrid side dish/dessert and comes in the form of.... mashed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are already great on their own.  Mash 'em up and it's even better.  Add tangy ingredients and spices to it, though, and it simply becomes ~*magical*~. 

Most traditional recipes just call for sweet potatoes, butter, a liquid like milk or cream, and a sweetener like brown sugar or maple syrup.  After learning of different mashed sweet potato recipes over the years though, I've learned to adapt aspects of several recipes and make it my own.  Namely I've been adding fruit like oranges and bananas, and spices like ginger, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla extract.

Here's the recipe that I've ultimately come down to.  You can adjust all the ingredients to your liking.  This isn't making a cake; it's just mashing up a bunch of ingredients together, so be as liberal as you want with, say the bananas or the sweeteners.  Whip 'em up for your guests this holiday for some fluffy mashed sweet potatoes that will literally melt in your mouth!

Main ingredients:
  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 juiced oranges, or 1/2 cup of orange juice

Optional seasonings (I use 'em all!):
  • 1 of these sweeteners: 1/2 cup of either brown sugar, maple syrup or honey
  • Dash of bourbon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Orange zest
  • Pinch of salt

Optional toppings:
  • Chopped nuts, like walnuts and pecans
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Melted or baked on marshmallow (check out this marshmallow recipe I posted)
  • Whatever you have around the house that you think would be good for this :P

Directions: Boil the sweet potatoes until tender, then drain and reserve.  Melt butter in a pot and add in your sliced bananas.  Cook for a few minutes until the bananas are mushy, then add the orange juice.  The moment you get that boiling would be a good time to add one of the sweeteners if you please.  Toss in the reserved sweet potatoes and mash everything together, then stir in all the seasonings to taste and top with your toppings of choice.

You're now on your way to turning this:


Into this:


Happy Holidays, all!
An Easy-to-Make Melt-in-Your-Mouth Side Dish

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January 26, 2011
Hey, what a great spin on this dish. I hadn't though to ever mix some of these ingredients. Definitely going to give it a "mash"!
January 26, 2011
Glad to open up your mind to some new mashed sweet potato ingredients! Let me know how it goes! :)
December 22, 2010
You had me at "1 stick of butter"! That's what I'm talking about! Sounds great!
December 22, 2010
Bahahaha! We're going to get along just fine :D Are you a Paula Deen fan, too? I love how she uses so much butter in everything!
December 22, 2010
Yeah, I wish she was my grandma!
December 22, 2010
Me, too! Though I might become a bit overweight ;P
December 20, 2010
How on Earth did I miss this? Wow...this sounds good! I may have to swap out my butternut squash for this as a side dish instead for X-mas Eve. Thanks Debbie!
December 20, 2010
Or even more gluttonous... you could have it in addition to! ;) Glad we could swap holiday recipes. @willw2 and I plan on making a gluten free and low sugar version of that apple pie recipe that you shared for Christmas!
December 20, 2010
Yum! I'm glad we could swap holiday recipes too....well, then you guys better stay away from my Fudge recipe ;p
December 20, 2010
Uh oh.... where's the fudge recipe? I may have to forgo this low sugar kick that I'm on for it! ;D
December 20, 2010
December 13, 2010
I love the natural sweetness and heavenly texture of these healthy roots. They make wonderful seasoned fries too. :o) wishing you laughter
December 13, 2010
Thanks, Quinn! I love sweet potato fries, too :D
December 05, 2010
Oh, one order please :-) Send that over with the Lunch iPhone cover, lol...
December 11, 2010
LOL, I'll put the order in for you ;)
November 29, 2010
LOVE me some sweet potatoes!
November 30, 2010
Then you've gotta try this! :)
November 29, 2010
YUM! Love sweet potatoes and these look amazing!
November 30, 2010
Thanks! :)
November 25, 2010
my...oh my! I am hungry! thanks for this, Lady D!
November 30, 2010
You should try making it! :D
November 25, 2010
That looks amazing, must try.
November 30, 2010
Hope ya like it! :)
November 25, 2010
That is magical, I like the variation!
November 25, 2010
Thank ya! Lemme know how you like it if you try it! :)
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