Mashed sweet potatoes with maple and sage

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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 và incorporates fried sage leaves into the mash.

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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 lớn you. You can boil them (as I vày 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.

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Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Contrary lớn many, I am not a fan hâm mộ of the overly sweet sweet potato dish that lands on so many Thanksgiving tables. I lượt thích to keep my savory side dishes savory and that’s what you’ll find here. I do like to địa chỉ cửa hàng a little maple syrup because it enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potato & the flavor pairs so nicely, but there’s not enough khổng lồ make this recipe really sweet. A little fried sage adds a nice herb note, và the heavy cream và butter give it a decadence making it a go-to side dish on the table. 

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Sage & Options

I fried the sage leaves in this recipe lớn 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 & 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 lớn you, it’s not a crisis, just fry the next batch for less time. If you don’t want to lớn fry the sage, you can absolutely chop the fresh sage và stir that into your sweet potatoes once mashed. If you’re not a fan hâm mộ of sage, try fresh thyme.

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How khổng lồ Mash Sweet Potatoes

You also have options on how khổng lồ 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 lớn mash potatoes, but that’s when you’re dealing with Russets or Yukon Gold potatoes. The starch nội dung is much higher in a regular potato và using a hand mixer can make those potatoes gluey. With a sweet potato & less starch, you don’t run this risk, so grab that hand mixer and save your arm strength for when it’s time khổng lồ eat!

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Making Mashed Sweet Potatoes Ahead

You can absolutely make mashed sweet potatoes ahead of time. Go ahead và 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 và adding a little more butter và 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.