Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe with Brown Butter

by Eat Well with Lex

Mashed sweet potatoes with a sage infused brown butter is a simple yet delightful side dish that pairs well with anything. The sweet potatoes are boiled then mashed with a sage infused brown butter, cream and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet, savory and aromatic flavors makes this sweet potato mash a beloved side dish especially for holidays like Thanksgiving.

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While mashed sweet potatoes are not a newcomer to the Thanksgiving scene, this non-traditional take on a classic side dish brings a fresh and exciting perspective to your holiday table. Now, what do you think about breaking away from tradition just a little with this creamy mashed sweet potatoes?

Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or an intimate dinner, this sweet potato recipe is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dish

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potato is the perfect non-traditional Thanksgiving side dish. While candied yams have long been a staple of the holiday, these mashed sweet potatoes are worth the trade off. It offers a refreshing twist that combines warm, nutty richness of brown butter with fresh sage. Its comforting and a mouthwatering alternative to the overly sweet and mashmallow-laden sweet yam recipes.

Reasons Why This is the Best Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

  • Brown Butter Infusion: The brown butter in this recipe elevates the sweet potato mash to a whole new level of flavor. Brown butter adds a rich and nutty depth of flavor that complements the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
  • Creamy and Fluffy: The texture is simply hard to beat. The combination of warm heavy cream add the right balance of ingredients ensures this sweet potato mash is incredibly creamy and velvety.
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Ingredients for Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet Potatoes: The star of the dish.
  • Unsalted butter: Used to make the brown butter which infuses the sweet potato mash with a rich, nutty and caramelized flavor.
  • Fresh Sage Leaves: Adds earthy and herby flavors to the fish. The sage leaves are infused into the brown butter.
  • Garlic: Add a rich and savory garlic flavor that we all love so much.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds creaminess and helps make the sweet potatoes velvety.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon and nutmeg are used to add flavor and warmth to the overall flavor. They pair well with the sage and brown butter.
  • Sour Cream: It also enhances the texture of the mashed sweet potatoes as well as adds a subtle tang.
  • Salt: Season and balances the flavors.
an overview of the ingredients for mashed sweet potato with sage brown butter

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Boil the Sweet Potatoes

Begin by peeling the sweet potatoes and cutting them into evenly sized chunks. Place the sweet potato chunks into a large pot of salted water. Boil them for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender.

boiled sweet potatoes in a pot

Prepare the Sage Brown Butter

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter. Add the sage leaves. Stir continuously and reduce the heat if you realize the butter is browning too quickly.

Continue to cook and stir the butter until it turns a beautiful golden brown color and emits a nutty aroma. Add the minced garlic, heavy cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir it all together for about 1 minute to slightly warm the cream then immediately remove the saucepan from the heat.

Mash the Sweet Potatoes

Once the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, drain them and place them back into the warm pot.

Pour the sour cream, warm butter and cream over the sweet potatoes and season with salt. Use a potato masher or an electric mixer to blend all the ingredients together until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.

How Long to Boil Sweet Potatoes

The cooking time for boiling sweet potatoes can vary depending on the size and thickness of the sweet potato chunks. Typically it tasked about 15 to 20 minutes to boil sweet potatoes.

If you’ve cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes or smaller it will table around 15-20 minutes to boil. Check for doneness by piecing a piece with a form. It should be tender and easily pierced.

Tips for Making Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Peel and Cut Uniformly: Make sure to peel the sweet potatoes and cut the into evenly sized pieces. This ensures that they cook at the same rate and yield a consistent texture.

Use a Masher, Ricer or Electric Mixer: To achieve a smooth consistency, use a potato masher or potato ricer. To make it extra smooth and fluffy, you can then go in with an electric mixture. This is my favorite hack. Make sure to not over mix as it can make the potato mash gluey.

Adjust Consistency: Depending on your preference, you can adjust the consistency by adding a little heavy cream to make the mash creamier.

Don’t Overcook: Be careful to not overcook the sweet potatoes as they can become waterlogged and lose flavor and texture. Test for doneness by piercing them with a fork. They should be tender but not mushy.

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Recipe Variation and Substitutions

  • Add roasted garlic and parmesan cheese for a rich cheesy flavor.
  • Add maple syrup or brown sugar for a hint of sweetness.
  • Vegan Butter and Coconut Cream: For a vegan-friendly version, use diary-free butter and coconut cream
  • Greek Yogurt: Substitute heavy cream with Greek yogurt to reduce the fat content
  • Herb Substitutes: Swap the sage for fresh thyme or rosemary

How to Store Leftover Cooked Sweet Potatoes

Before storing, let the mashed sweet potatoes cool to room temperature. This helps prevent condensation inside the storage container. Once cooled, transfer the mashed sweet potatoes to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Mashed Sweet Potatoes

When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers, reheat the sweet potato mash on the stove, or in the microwave depending on your preference. It the texture changes, add a little extra cream or butter while reheating.

  1. Microwave: Place the sweet potato mash in a microwave-safe dish and heat in short increments, stirring in between, until it’s warmed through.
  2. Stovetop: Reheat in a saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking or burning. You may need to add a little extra butter or cream to restore creaminess.

Keep in mind that when reheating, the sweet potato mash may become a bit drier than when freshly made. You can fix the consistency by adding a touch of cream or butter and mixing until you achieve the desired creaminess.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are sweet potatoes and yams the same thing?

Contrary to popular belief, the are not! They are two different root vegetables. Sweet potatoes are typically orange-fleshed while yams are starchier and have a rough, brown skin.

What’s the difference between mashed sweet potatoes and sweet potato casserole?

Mashed sweet potatoes are a simple side dish where boiled or roasted potatoes are mashed. Sweet potato casserole often includes sweetened mashed sweet potatoes topped with a streusel or marshmallow topping.

Can I prepare mashed sweet potatoes be made ahead for Thanksgiving ?

Yes, you can make mashed sweet potatoes in advance and reheat them when needed. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container and reheat using the microwave or stovetop.

How can I make mashed sweet potatoes healthier?

Use less butter or substitute with healthier fats like Greek yogurt.

Is it necessary to peel sweet potatoes before mashing?

Peeling the sweet potatoes is recommended for a smoother texture, but its not mandatory.

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Mashed Sweet Potato with Brown Butter

Mashed sweet potatoes with a sage infused brown butter is a simple yet delightful side dish that pairs well with anything. The sweet potatoes are boiled then mashed with a sage infused brown butter, cream and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1 oz sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream more or less if needed
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions
 

Boil the Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into evenly sized chunks. Place the sweet potato chunks into a large pot of salted water. Boil them for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender.

Prepare the Sage Brown Butter

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter. Add the sage leaves. Stir continuously and reduce the heat if the butter starts to brown too quickly.
  • Continue to cook and stir the butter until it turns a beautiful golden brown color and emits a nutty aroma. (Reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the brown butter for topping later)
  • Add the minced garlic, heavy cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir it all together for about 1 minute to slightly warm the cream then immediately remove the saucepan from the heat.

Mash the Sweet Potatoes

  • Once the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, drain them and place them back into the warm pot.
  • Pour the sour cream, warm butter and cream over the sweet potatoes and season with salt. Use a potato masher or an electric mixer to blend all the ingredients together until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Transfer the mashed sweet potatoes to a serving dish and garnish with reserved brown butter, fresh thyme leaves (optional) or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
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