Mashed sweet potatoes make theee perfect side dish. And these ones? The very ones I plated with turkey meatloaf just a few days ago?
L-o-v-e. Love. Here’s the simplest way to make perfect mashed sweet potatoes with a little cinnamon and ginger thrown in for flavor. The recipe can easily be made vegan with coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk.
They’re tried and true. Comfort food, for sure. A tablespoon of butter adds richness, while the small doses of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg help to bring out and deepen the natural sweetness of the potatoes—making it unnecessary to add any sugar at all. If you’re vegan, these are so easily adaptable! Just substitute coconut oil in place of butter, and almond milk for whole milk.
They could be spruced up with orange zest, an herb like basil, or even a soft cheese like goat cheese. But really, I just keep coming back to making them this way. Plain jane and proud of it.
Don’t be worried that the spices in the recipe will leave you with a pumpkin pie-like mash; they won’t! The cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg only add a little warmth here. But if you are averse to any of them, feel free to omit them. The recipe will still turn out just fine!
Here's the simplest way to make perfect mashed sweet potatoes with a little cinnamon and ginger thrown in for flavor! The recipe can easily be made vegan with coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk.
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon salted butter or coconut oil (for vegan option)
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup whole milk or unsweetened almond milk (for vegan option)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch nutmeg
- Put the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add just enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the potatoes to the pot on the stove top with the burner turned off. The residual heat from the pot will help any excess water burn off.
- Add the remaining ingredients, using only 1/4 cup liquid to start and adding more if needed, and mash until smooth and well-combined. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information & Notes:
Nutrition Information: Mash made with 1 tablespoon salted butter and 1/4 cup whole milk (6 servings): Calories 153, Fat 2g, Carb 31g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 7g, Protein 3g
Mash made with 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (6 servings): Calories 151, Fat 3g, Carb 30g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 6g, Protein 2g