Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

They’re called sweet potatoes, because they’re already sweet.  So, unless I’m planning on a dessert with them (such as a sweet potato pie), I’m not really interested in adding extra sugars.  I simply don’t see the point.  Besides, I love the Paleo approach.  But they can always be kicked up a notch or two by perusing the savory section of your herb and spice racks.

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One of my favorite sides are sweet potatoes.  One serving here.

It’s been rather hot humid and dank in my neck of the woods, and as I’ve noted before, when temps get to about 78 F, the melting point of coconut oil, I melt too.  I must be made of coconut oil???  So, I’ve just not been in the headspace for a lot of recipe-creating/writing.  But I’ve done the below recipe a few times now:

In this recipe, I use Ancho Chili Powder, which is a reasonably mild chili, but you are free to up the ante should you choose.  I find that this one has a good flavor all of its own, independent of the mild heat it brings to the potato.   (To be honest, I love food on the moderately hotter side, but of late it loves me not quite so much…  I’m getting old, I’m guessing.)

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Prep station, all except the butter

Before we get deeply into that, a couple of the animals who share my life want to mug for you:  (A few feathered ones will do so at the end of the post, too.)

My cats

Obi-Wan, aka Obi (age 11 for just a few more days) and Serenity, aka Serens, or aka Miw (age 16). My third cat, Orion, opted out of the photo.

Prep Time:  5, prior to cooking, plus 10 minutes
Cook Time:  25 minutes
Rest Time: Mash, add the rest of the stuff, serve.
Serves:  2 as a side.
Leftovers?  Sure.

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes, about 200-250 grams apiece, peeled if desired, but in any case, bad spots cut out.  Coarsely chop into three or four chunks per potato so they cook up more quickly.  (I left most of the skin on.)
  • 3-4 teaspoons butter, or ghee. 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder, or chili preparation of your choice.  
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, or use the hot smoked paprika, but taste…
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste:  I decided I didn’t want salt, and I used Trader Joe’s Rainbow Peppercorns.  Love that stuff!
  • Garnishes:  Fresh cilantro or parsley.  Today I used home grown side yard curly parsley.

Add those potatoes to a small pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and allow them to do the simmer for about 25 minutes, or until soft.

Remove from water, place in a bowl suitable for mashing the potatoes.  Using a potato masher, mash until to the texture you like.  I’m all for chunky!  If you want them smooth… go for it!

Add the butter and everything else except the garnishes.  At this point I mix and mash  with a serving spoon.  Taste, and add a little more of anything you personally find lacking.

Serve, adding the garnishes you choose.

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A serving of this lovely savory sweet potato.

And below, some of my fine feathered friends.  I simply love the gentleness and inquisitiveness of Celeste.


Celeste. She’s a hybrid black broiler, born May 1st or 2nd, so maybe a little Beltane baby. She’s as sweet as, and in some cases, sweeter than any of the laying heritage birds. I did discover there’s some Australorpe in her ancestry.  So… she’s saved from the freezer. Right now she’s learning how to adjust to her new flock  And, vice versa.

chicken coop

In the hen house… Tiny Dancer to the left (he’s the coop roo, he was the runt as a baby chick), Idril, and Sakura. Idril is a buff Orpington, the other two shown here are silver-laced Wyandottes.  Photo taken a couple weeks ago, the roo is a lot more rooster-like now. 

I forgot to keep the music theme going in the last post, so, here’s my third and last musical link for that challenge, which I fear I’ve followed the spirit of, rather than the letter:

I’m not really sure this is what was wanted, but it’s a satirical re-interpretation of the Talking Heads’ song, Psycho Killer.   It has chickens in it, so…  Check.  At any rate, also check out the third part of the inspirational 3 day music lyric challenge.

Oh, when I went out to pluck that parsley for garnish, I didn’t notice there was a caterpillar riding along until I brought both inside.   I put him and the sprig he was attached to back outside.  Not a monarch (they are yellow, black and white), though I have those around here, too.

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Friendly parsley visitor. At least I am so hoping at this point.

Once again, a return to Fiesta Friday, where your co-hosts for the week are Deb @ The Pantry Portfolio and Laurena @ Life Diet Health

And back to Sunday’s link up, over at What’s For Dinner?

And yes, the Homestead Blog Hop, because sweet potatoes are going to be grown here (next year), and we’ve got my chickens to hand.

And, now, Full Plate Thursday, because, well, today as I’m editing, it’s a Thursday!  (And, I’m hungry for a full plate…)





About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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16 Responses to Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Jhuls says:

    I haven’t had mashed sweet potatoes in a while and I want this now.😁 So so yummy! Happy Fiesta Friday, Diann!💋

  2. Laura says:

    Timely that you talk about not having been in the headspace for writing….I just posted a heap of tips to solve for this – go check them out!

  3. Irene says:

    I love sweet potatoes, and your choice of spices sounds really tasty, especially the ancho chili powder. The little guy on the parsley is a caterpillar of the black swallowtail butterfly, so kind of you to take it back outside. And thank you for following through the music lyric challenge, your pick here is so funny!

    • Good to know he/she was a black swallowtail. Because of the green, I was wondering Luna moth, but hadn’t had the chance to check that possibility out. The music lyric challenge was fun! Thanks for your selections!

  4. Hello to your sweet furry friends! Also, I love that it is time once again for side dishes like this. You’ve added some of my favorite spices. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

  5. So very interesting! I love this way of cooking sweet potatoes. We either make a curry with them, or a chaat. 🙂

  6. helenfern says:

    Sounds great!! I love sweet potatoes done savory (no marshmallows or sugar please)! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful week and hope to see you next week too!

  7. kunstkitchen says:

    Psycho Chicken! Qu’est-ce que c’est! Sweet potato pie is on my list this week. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Miz Helen says:

    Your mashed sweet potatoes look delicious, we just love sweet potatoes. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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