Sweet, sweet potatoes. These delicious roots are so versatile and can be enjoyed in any number of ways! Making mashed sweet potatoes is easy enough for anyone to make- all you need is a few simple ingredients that most people have on hand already!
Creamy mashed sweet potatoes make a perfect side dish for a dinner table or Thanksgiving menu, just as sweet potato fries would.
They remind me of a traditional side dish in my hometown in Panama, Temptation Plantains, because they are a lovely sweet side dish that works very well to pair as part of a big savory dishes banquet.
This sweet mashed potatoes recipe is made with only four ingredients, they are creamy, easy, and make the perfect side dish!
This easy recipe has only four ingredients. Yes! Sweet potatoes are packed with flavor and don't need much more.
- Sweet potatoes
- Coconut oil
- Rosemary (preferably fresh)
- Almond milk
Maple syrup or brown sugar (only if you want them, extra sweet). I skip them, but some people can't live without their extra sweetness. I prefer to satisfy my sweet tooth with some apple cake!
How do I make easy mashed potatoes
You can make mashed sweet potatoes just as you would make regular mashed potatoes. You only need to change seasoning, as you are trying to play with the sweetness that they bring to the plate.
To make the creamy mashed sweet potatoes, place the sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with water at room temperature; bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until fork-tender, which should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how big they are cut up into chunks.
Hint: If your sweet potatoes are small to medium, I prefer to boil them without cutting them to prevent them from absorbing water and becoming soggy.
Drain well afterward, then place them in a large pot and mash sweet potatoes by hand, using a potato masher, or pour it out into an electric mixer and add your seasonings: oil, herbs, and non-dairy milk (we use homemade almond milk), until you achieve your desired consistency. That easy!
I am very old school; I just use a potato masher and then a wooden spoon to stir in the seasonings.
Also, I use the same large pot I use to boil them to keep the cleaning to a minimum. So it is a one-pot recipe. Also, that way, keep it warm as you give the sweet potato mash recipe your final seasoning touch!
Sweet potatoes are so tasty that you don't need any vegan parmesan cheese, garlic... you don't even need to add maple syrup, add butter, nor salt, and pepper.
You can even skip the herbs and the oil and only use some plant milk to adjust the creaminess.
Oil - I prefer mashed sweet potatoes with a flavor twist provided by coconut oil, but if you are not a lover of coconut oil, you can switch it to extra virgin olive oil, to have an equally satisfying. You can also go for Vegan butter if you prefer something more mellow and traditional.
If you choose to use brown sugar and vegan butter, melt the sugar in the melted butter to make the delicious brown butter and add it directly while you mash the sweet potatoes to achieve a creamier texture.
Herbs - I think that rosemary makes my healthy mashed sweet potatoes delicious, and it has become my herb of choice. Thyme is a great choice, while tarragon is an excellent choice if you give it a French air.
How do I store mashed sweet potatoes?
Store your mash in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze it if you prefer, but be sure to thaw before reheating!
Mashed potatoes will last three days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. When baked, you should add a tablespoon of milk per pound (500 grams) of tender potato.
Frequently asked questions
Below are some questions answered about how to make the best out of your sweet potatoes.
How long do you boil sweet potatoes for?
The general rule is to boil them for 20 minutes, but it will take a little longer if they are cut into larger pieces. If you want to make sure they are cooked through, test one with a fork after 15 minutes. If the fork goes in easily, they're done.
Are sweet potatoes healthy for you?
Carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes are all rich in vitamins and minerals. They're also high in iron, calcium, selenium, B and C vitamins, as well as beta-carotene. Being a low glycemic index root vegetable, sweet potato digests slower than regular potatoes. Release sugar gradually into the bloodstream to keep blood sugar levels constant.
They also promote gut health!
Do you need to peel sweet potatoes for mashing?
Like that on regular potatoes, the outer skin of sweet potatoes softens as they cook and are edible. However, for a smooth and creamy mash, I suggest peeling it first.
Should you boil or bake sweet potatoes?
Baking sweet potatoes can be done in 30 minutes if you cut them into 2-inches chunks. Boiling takes 20 minutes. You could also microwave them for seven to eight minutes on high heat, which is the best method if you want an instant meal.
I love sweet potatoes and baking them with their skins on! When we want to have them as a side dish.
You can also make your sweet mashed potatoes, baking the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them, or also steaming them. It will just take more time.
In fact, when I have the luxury of time, I prefer baking them so the flavor is even richer.
Steaming is also great because you avoid the sweet potatoes getting soggy.
Some people swear by microwaving as a way of getting perfectly cooked mashed spuds in under ten minutes. I think this is an excellent option when cooking for one or two people.
What do mashed sweet potatoes go with?
Should I soak sweet potatoes before mashing?
Completely optional. I don't, because I like to keep things simple. But if you choose to soak them, you will save 5-10 minutes from your cooking process (either boiling or baking them).
It only makes sense if you want to save those extra minutes when cooking or baking them while you do something else completely unnecessary from my point of view.
Do you peel sweet potatoes before boiling?
No, I don't. The skin softens as they cook and are edible. However, for a smooth mash, I suggest peeling them first.
Do you need to add milk when reheating mashed sweet potatoes?
If you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, add a tablespoon of non-dairy milk per pound (500 grams) of tender potato. Put the potatoes into the oven and roast at 400 ºF (200 ºC)for about 20 minutes or until they are heated through, and the almond milk (or other plant milk) is bubbling.
How do you make mashed sweet potatoes not watery?
- First, boil your sweet potatoes with the skins on, and then let them cool down and peel them (if you want). You can also eat their skin, as we do because their skins are edible and full of nutrients.
- Second, even if you boil them without skins, drain them immediately, don't let them soak in water. They will absorb all that extra water that you don't need.
- Third, steam or bake them; that way, they will not have contact with water at all. You just need some extra 10-15 minutes.
How do I make my sweet potato mash thicker?
If you want your mash to be thicker, there are a few things you can do.
Add a thickener such as mashed ripe banana, cooked pumpkin puree, silken tofu, or Earth Balance Buttery Spread. You could also use starch like arrowroot powder, potato starch, or cornstarch.
Another option is to bake or microwave them instead of boiling them to prevent them from absorbing extra water.
How do you soften sweet potatoes?
You can soften sweet potatoes by soaking them in water. Place the whole, unpeeled potatoes into a large saucepan and fill with enough cool water to cover it completely. Leave overnight at room temperature before peeling and boiling or baking as usual.
Can I use a food processor?
Yes, you can, but I prefer to mash the sweet potatoes to leave some texture.
Also, part of the beauty of this mashed sweet potatoes recipe is that it is hassle-free. You just need a saucepan and a fork or potato masher. I wouldn't bother to make a mess in the kitchen for such a simple sweet potato side dish.
It is one of the most straightforward vegetarian recipes; let’s not take that away from it.
Do you have any tips for making smooth mashed sweet potatoes?
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Recipe: Four Ingredient Mashed Sweet Potatoes with an Exciting Twist of Flavors
- Boil. Wash the sweet potatoes and place them in a pot (skins on) and cover with water at room temperature; bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until fork tender. It should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how big they are cut up into chunks (if using large potatoes).
- Drain. Then use the same large pot and mash sweet potatoes by hand, using a potato masher.
- Season. Add your seasonings: oil, herbs, and non-dairy milk, until you achieve your desired consistency.
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