Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

November 7, 2011
Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes are incredibly flavorful - and incredibly easy.  Maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and brings a nice subtle maple flavor to the finished dish.  They pair perfectly with turkey, ham, pork tenderloin, and so much more!

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I grew up in Vermont, which just so happens to be famous for it's maple syrup.

And when I moved to North Carolina I may have left Vermont behind, but I certainly didn't leave behind my love for it's purely decadent and delicious liquid gold!  To this day some 25 years after moving out of the state, I still have pure Vermont maple syrup shipped to me on a regular basis.

Because maple to me is much like bacon - it makes so many wonderful things just all that much better.

Maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and brings a nice subtle maple flavor to the finished dish. 

Whether it's pouring maple syrup all over a stack of homemade whole wheat waffles, enjoying it in baked acorn squash with maple glaze, livening up the dressing of shredded Brussels sprouts salad, slathering it on maple-mustard pork tenderloin, or drizzling it over cantaloupe salad, maple syrup adds fabulous flavor to so many things.

And it's no different with these incredibly flavorful Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and brings a nice subtle maple flavor to the finished dish.

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Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes are not only incredibly flavorful, they're also incredibly easy to make.

Start by cooking up a few large sweet potatoes.

I cook my sweet potatoes the super easy way - in the microwave.

I cook my sweet potatoes the super easy way - in the microwave.  Just rinse the unpeeled potatoes and then wrap each one, while still wet, in a paper towel.  Microwave until soft, about 8-15 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.  (Or, you can peel and boil the sweet potatoes, if you'd prefer.) 

When soft, cut each sweet potato in half and scoop out the pulp into a mixing bowl. 

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Add in a little milk, a pinch of salt, a pinch of ground cinnamon, and pure maple syrup.

Do make sure it's pure maple syrup - not the imitation stuff.  Yes, pure maple syrup is more expensive, but the flavor and result is worth it.  To me, there is just absolutely no pure maple syrup substitution.

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Then with an electric mixer, mash the sweet potatoes until they're pretty smooth and the ingredients are well combined.  You won't get them completely smooth, but mix until they're as smooth as you can get them.

You can indeed mash the sweet potatoes by hand, if you'd like.  But the bonus of the electric mixer is if the sweet potatoes happen to be a little stringy, the electric mixer beaters will "catch" the strings and take them out of the mashed mixture.

Mashing Sweet Potatoes with Electric Mixer Image

Then you're ready to serve up the creamy maple-iciousness!

Super easy, incredibly flavorful, and so good with so many things.  Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes pair perfectly with turkey, ham, pork tenderloin, and so much more! 

They'll surely satisfy the maple lover in you.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup Image
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Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. pure maple syrup (preferably pure Grade B or pure Grade A Dark Amber from Vermont)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Directions
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes. ON THE STOVETOP: In a medium or large pot, just cover peeled potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Strain and return potatoes to pot. OR IN THE MICROWAVE: Rinse unpeeled potatoes and wrap each potato, while still wet, in a paper towel. Microwave until soft, about 8-15 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. When soft, cut in half and scoop out the pulp into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer, mash until potatoes are fairly smooth and ingredients are well-combined.

19 comments

  1. I have seen the granulated maple syrup but never knew exactly what to do with it. Now my imagination is running wild with the possibilities, thanks!! I'm # 5 in the Challenge.

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  2. Wow, these sound great! My son and I love sweet potatoes but my husband doesn't. I will have to give these a try when he has to work late. I'm #9 on the challenge.

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  3. Oh my, I have to make these. Looks fantastic!

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  4. wow! those look gorgeous! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

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  5. I'll be honest, I'm not a sweet potato fan, but these look really good!! I like that you tried something different!!!

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  6. Ouch on the maple sugar but your end result looks wonderful.

    If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  7. What a great idea to make a Potato Brulee, I love it! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen
    #8

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  8. Great recipe -- I LOVE the flavors in it.

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  9. This looks amazing, it's like you've turned potatoes into desert!

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  10. Oh WOW these look delicious! How inventive! I'm # 37 on the challenge! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. I love anything brulee'd. This looks wonderful. Very creative! Thanks.

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  12. Brulee? I'm in! This looks and sounds delish.
    I've always wanted a kitchen torch but have been hesitant...why? I don't know! :-)

    xo
    Pat

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  13. Glad you liked the recipe. Love the idea of doing a brulee. For a light take on creme brulee, I use a base of fruit and non-fat Greek yogurt, topped with brown sugar and broiled them.

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  14. I'll take mine brulee'd, please! They look amazing! I am determined to make these for my man and change his mind about sweet potatoes :) I'm voting for this one!

    I'm #71! :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/11/crazy-cooking-challenge-and-loaded.html

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  15. Oh I love this recipe! I love mashed sweet potatoes but turning mashed sweet potatoes into a Brûlée is genius! I so want a blog torch thingy but my husband says he doesn't trust me with it, lol! I'm voting for this one :) I'm #50 :)

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  16. Tracey, that bruleed top sounds amazing on sweet potatoes!! Thanks for sharing on Mangia Mondays - I featured you today!
    http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/2011/11/mangia-mondays-fall-recipe-highlights.html

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  17. Thank you so much for linking these for me!!! Liv LOVES anything bruleed, and I'm thinking she might even eat some of the potatoes along with the brûlée part. Especially if they are made with the maple syrup, I see these being a total hit!!!

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