Mashed sweet potatoes

Sailing the seas of yams

These are simple and fantastic. They pair well with ham or turkey and are a quick side perfect for weekdays.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • molasses (about a 1/4 cup)
  • fresh nutmeg

Roast sweet potatoes in an oven at 400 degrees until very soft, about 45 minutes. Peel off skin and mash potatoes in a large baking dish. Mix in butter and molasses to taste. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and serve immediately.

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49 Responses to Mashed sweet potatoes

  1. sallybr says:

    I LOVE mashed sweet potatoes, to me they are better than regular potatoes, more flavor, and quite a bit lighter. Plus, they look great too

    I like the idea of cooking them in the oven, must do that next time I make this type of dish. I sometimes include ginger too, but nutmeg is definitely a must!

  2. TasteFood says:

    These sound lovely with the molasses. Yum.

  3. rutheh says:

    Last night I put the sweet potatoes in the oven I placed them in the cast iron skillet!
    Oh did they bake up beautifully. Will advance to the next step and mash them.

  4. BrainRants says:

    The molasses is the key ingredient. I love it in BBQ sauce too… and molasses cookies are little rockstars waiting to fly into my belly.

  5. Joanne Ozug says:

    I like that you do straight up molasses instead of brown sugar. Go big or go home!

  6. I bought sweet potatoes for the first time ever on Wednesday. I know, right? It’s SO HARD to convince my family to try new things. They only ever approve of things they’ve previously approved because they weren’t too daring to try.
    It’s taken years for some family members to get used to eating prawns and cereal, others won’t even think to try some breakfast cereal… They call it bird’s feed. It’s taken years as well to get them used to other foods like dishes with soy sauce, sushi (still working on that one), custard recipes, and gosh the list is too big!
    Now I’ve a kilo and a half of sweet potatoes and 10s and 10s of recipes I want to make, looks like I’ll need to sneak in another kilo or two 🙂 Or maybe bring it in loud and proud (hopefully they’ll approve of sweet potatoes from the first time they try it)!

  7. We love sweet potatoes and often just roast them like this. I usually put salt and olive oil on mine and Big Man likes them with Molasses…I didn´t realise this was the “done” thing! They look so pretty too 🙂

  8. Tandy says:

    I love the colour, and the addition of the molasses 🙂

  9. Never thought of using molasses…nice change-up.

  10. SimpleP says:

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! Sounds delicious!

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    My wife will love this. My fav sweet potato recipe involved putting the mashed SP mixture into a half an orange, and then baking them. YUM!

  12. Molasses – how great… traditionally use maple syrup, have to try your version.

  13. Molasses you say – will have to add some next time I mash some sweet spuds.
    😉 Mandy

  14. I love sweet potatoes and I have mashed them before but never with molasses. Definitely going to give this a try! Great caption for that wonderful picture.

  15. Kristy says:

    Oh! I love the use of molasses in this. Yum. These were actually on my list of things to make this week. I was planning to toss some greens, craisins and walnuts in with them. Now it looks like I’ll be adding a bit of molasses too. 🙂

  16. Colline says:

    Looks a bit like pumpkin. Hope I can convince my girls to give it a taste! Will add this to my Christmas dinner menu.

  17. Eva Taylor says:

    What a spectacular colour Greg. If you have any leftovers it would make an awesome gnocchi.

  18. Judy says:

    A great side dish, love sweet potatoes. We tend to go more savory than sweet, but this is one versatile veggie.

  19. ChgoJohn says:

    Such a simple dish but, boy, it sure is tasty! And a little nutmeg sets it off perfectly!

  20. Fantastic color! I also tend to make them more savory than sweet, but sweet potatoes pair so well with molasses and honey/golden syrup too.

  21. spree says:

    We could all use a quick side this time of year! That versatile sweet potatoes has a whole lot going for it – AND it’s loaded with vitamins. The addition of nutmeg in your version sounds just right!

  22. jo-lyn says:

    oh yeah, that’s what i’m talkin’ about! 🙂

  23. JamieAnne says:

    Sweet baby potatoes! The molasses is a sweet touch.

  24. ceciliag says:

    a very interesting take on them, i will try it! hope you guys are having a great weekend! c

  25. nrhatch says:

    Yummy! I usually mix in a bit of Vermont Maple Syrup or brown sugar. I’ll try molasses some time.

  26. I’m not making the turkey this year 😦 but am always asked to bring sweet potatoes. I think that roasting them (not boiling as I have done) is a great idea and the molasses.. I’m definitely trying this!

  27. Sissi says:

    The colour is amazing! Roasting sounds like an excellent idea.

  28. I feel like diving into that soothing sea of goodness.

  29. Charles says:

    Oooh, I even have a tray of sweet potatoes sitting on my counter right now… and I usually buy them only once or twice a year. It’s a sign saying that maybe I should try mashed sweet potatoes for my first time ever?!

  30. nancyc says:

    I love sweet potatoes–I will definitely be trying this!

  31. This sounds way more appealing than the old marshmallow topped variety!

  32. Oh My.. seriously.. I just love Mashed sweet potatoes. They are simply the best. Yes I’m hungry now lol

  33. niasunset says:

    I love mashed potatoes dear Rufus, but I have never tasted this one, I mean with molasses and nutmeg… They should give a sweet taste I think, especially molasses… This is interesting recipe for me, I noted because one day I want to cook like that. Thank you, with my love, nia

  34. spicegirlfla says:

    Yum….molasses too! I love the color! I totally agree, they are a side dish to go along with almost any entre!

  35. Never had mashed sweet potatoes. I’ve finally acquired the taste for them…so I’m looking for new ways to make them!

  36. Sweet potatoes and molasses! Now you are speaking my language. Make that sorghum molasses and it’s even better. I think you are becoming more Southern all the time!

  37. pixilated2 says:

    Never tried molasses on sweet potatoes, though I cook with it all the time. For sweet potatoes I usually put Maple syrup and a few pecan pieces on top. Yours sound delicious, and I will try them soon! ~ Lynda

  38. These look so good it makes we want to do Thanksgiving all over again! Not saying that’s the only time we have sweet potatoes – but these would be a yummy part of that particular meal!

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