Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Agave Syrup

This dish is a great alternative to sweet potato casserole that people often have as part of their Thanksgiving Feast. It's not as heavy since it doesn't have any eggs or cream but has the perfect amount of sweetness without loading it up with sugar. I added some marshmallows on top for presentation but I don't think it even needs that. Leave off the marshmallows and eat this any day of the year.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Agave Syrup


5 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 stick butter, softened
salt to taste
3/4 cup Trader Joe's Maple Agave Syrup
mini marshmallows


Boil sweet potatoes in salted boiling water until fork tender and drain well, add drained potatoes back into the same pot. Using a potato smasher (if you don't have one use a fork or wooden spoon)smash potatoes until there are no longer any lumps. Add butter to potatoes and smash them into the potatoes. Add milk a little at a time until it's a smooth creamy consistency. Add syrup (if you don't like it sweet you can leave this out or just add it 1/4 cup at a time and adjust according to your taste) and stir into the potatoes. Season with salt according to taste. Put potato mixture into a large casserole dish, if you want more marshmallow topping use a dish that is long and shallow. *See Note. Add a layer of mini marshmallows and bake at 350 until marshmallows are browned.


*If you want to make this ahead of time, stop here. Cool and refrigerate. Take potatoes out of the fridge and leave on the counter for at least one hour to get the chill out. If it's still cold when you want to bake it. Bake at 350 until heated through. Then put layer of marshmallows on top and bake or broil until browned.


teresa said...

oh this looks killer good! i love the sweetness and marshmallows on top!

Danielle said...

I must try that agave syrup. I keep hearing about it. your dish looks very good. I've never served sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Am I weird? I feel like I'm the only one in America that doesn't LOL

Michele said...

Thanks Teresa! I actually prefer it without the marshmallows lol.

Dani - Haha! Not weird. A lot of people have mashed potatoes AND sweet potatoes. We have mashed potatoes pretty often so my mom never made them on Thanksgiving.

Patti T. said...

Michele, we usually have both at Thanksgiving also. I made sweet potatoes mashed with just butter and salt not too long ago and hubby LOVED it. Gotta remember to do it again soon. I don't think we would like the marshmallows but I am sure my granddaughter would be more than happy to eat ours. I am going to have to look for that agave syrup also. I just love reading your blog, thank you for all the work that you put into this!