With Thanksgiving right around the corner, sweet potatoes are going on sale for next to nothing. These hearty vegetables are sweet and flavorful and can make a great addition to nearly any meal. Whether you are looking for a traditional Thanksgiving side dish or a great addition to family meals you can not go wrong with these simple and tasty mashed sweet potatoes.
Masked sweet potatoes are a great base for adding your own twist on the flavor. From butter and thyme for a savory dish, to cinnamon and marshmallows for a sweet almost desert-like addition to the table the options are as endless as your imagination.
Why sweet potatoes are good for you
What you need to make mashed sweet potatoes
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional, for added sweetness)
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
How to make mashed sweet potatoes
Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into evenly sized chunks.
Place the chopped sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the sweet potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
Add the butter and brown sugar (if using) to the pot with the sweet potatoes.
Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or a fork until they reach your desired consistency. If you like your mashed sweet potatoes smoother, you can use a hand mixer or a food processor.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
Serve hot as a side dish.
Ways to use leftover mashed sweet potatoes
Embracing leftovers in the kitchen can lead to some of the most surprising and delectable creations. Case in point: mashed sweet potatoes. Whether you whipped up a big batch for a holiday feast or simply had some extra after a weeknight dinner, there are countless ways to transform this humble side dish into something extraordinary.
Sweet Potato Pancakes or Waffles: Incorporate mashed sweet potatoes into your pancake or waffle batter for a nutritious and flavorful breakfast.
Sweet Potato Soup: Use mashed sweet potatoes as a base for a creamy sweet potato soup. Add broth, seasonings, and any desired additional ingredients.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Mix leftover mashed sweet potatoes with flour and egg to make a dough, then shape it into gnocchi. Boil or pan-fry them and serve with your favorite sauce.
Sweet Potato Muffins or Bread: Substitute some or all of the pumpkin or banana in a muffin or quick bread recipe with mashed sweet potatoes for a unique twist.
Sweet Potato Fritters: Combine mashed sweet potatoes with breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices, then form them into patties and pan-fry for delicious fritters.
Sweet Potato Quesadillas: Spread mashed sweet potatoes onto a tortilla, add cheese, and any other desired toppings. Fold it over and cook until crispy.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas: Use mashed sweet potatoes as a filling for enchiladas along with black beans, cheese, and your favorite enchilada sauce.
Sweet Potato and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms: Mix mashed sweet potatoes with sautéed spinach, garlic, and cheese, then stuff into portobello mushroom caps and bake.
Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie: Layer leftover mashed sweet potatoes over a mixture of cooked ground turkey, vegetables, and gravy, then bake until bubbly.
Sweet Potato Hummus: Blend mashed sweet potatoes with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice to make a unique and flavorful hummus.
Sweet Potato and Sausage Skillet: Cook crumbled sausage in a skillet, then stir in mashed sweet potatoes for a hearty and comforting one-pan meal.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito: Spread mashed sweet potatoes onto a tortilla, add scrambled eggs, cheese, and your favorite breakfast ingredients, then roll it up.