Sweet potatoes are delicious on their own, but I’m always tempted to gild the lily just a bit. Here, I’ve mashed them with butter, maple syrup and thyme to bring out their sweet, earthy flavor. It’s the perfect side to my Onion Braised Beef Brisket or Sunday Night Roast Chicken (or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken) — and it’s so easy! You’ll need to allow one hour of hands-off cooking time to bake the potatoes, but you can make the whole dish ahead of time.
Begin by pricking the potatoes with a fork and baking in a 400°F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When they’re done, they’ll give easily when you squeeze them.
While the sweet potatoes bake, melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
Add the maple syrup, milk, salt and pepper.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and scoop the flesh out into the butter mixture.
Mash with a potato masher or fork.
And then mash in the fresh thyme.
Serve and enjoy!
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Thyme
- 3 pounds medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon fresh minced thyme, plus a few sprigs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up.
- Prick each sweet potato 3-4 times with a fork. Place on baking sheet and bake until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the maple syrup, milk, salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and set aside.
- When the sweet potatoes are cooked and cool enough to handle, cut them in half. Holding them in one hand with an oven mitt, scoop the flesh out into the pan with the butter mixture. Over low heat, mash the potatoes with a potato masher or fork until smooth and warm throughout. Stir in the thyme. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary (I usually add 1/4 teaspoon more salt). Transfer to a platter, garnish with thyme sprigs, and serve.
- Note: These sweet potatoes can be made entirely ahead of time. Before serving, stir in a bit of milk and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Per serving (6 servings)
- Calories: 362
- Fat: 12g
- Saturated fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 60g
- Sugar: 23g
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 4g
- Sodium: 816mg
- Cholesterol: 33mg
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