When I was growing up, my food level was very plain Jane. We didn’t eat a lot of “weird” foods or spices. It was a lot of meat, potatoes, pastas… So when I started dating my husband, his family really opened my eyes to all these amazing foods that I was missing out on! One of those things were sweet potatoes. Can you believe that as a kid I never had sweet potatoes?! I know, it sounds like crazy talk. But it’s the truth. No sweet potatoes. I had never even had sweet potato casserole. I mean, that is seriously nuts. So one of the things I really like to rotate into our meals is sweet potatoes because I mean, hello, you can eat vegetables that taste like candy. Um, yes, please.
One of my favorite recipes is this quick and easy sweet potato mash. It is one of those recipes that you can quickly memorize and one that it is really customizable for specific tastes, meal pairings or group size. And did I mention how easy it is? Seriously, you can make this in about 20 minutes and the leftovers are just as good!
Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Mash
(This recipe yields about 4 servings. I usually estimate 1/2 a sweet potato per person)
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed (I usually do about bite size. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will soften)
2 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
Cinnamon – to taste.
Other – I have also added nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice to change it up.
- Put potato cubes in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Continue to boil until potatoes are soft and can easily be punctured with a fork.
- Drain potatoes.
- Add potoates to large mixing bowl and mash either by hand or with a mixer. (I usually just mash by hand. I like them a little more “chunky” but if you prefer smooth, you can use a hand mixer)
- Add milk, butter and maple syrup. (Add cinnamon and/or other spices)
- Mix until blended.