Sweet potatoes are a fall cuisine staple in my house, whether I’m making sweet potato casserole, easy roasted sweet potatoes or these maple cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes. No matter how you slice it, they’re so delicious and uber nutritious. I highly suggest whipping up a batch for Thanksgiving dinner or to elevate any weeknight meal.
How to make the best maple cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes
- First, get a big pot of water boiling. As you know, getting a pot of water to boil takes a bit, so get it rolling before you prep the taters. I recommend adding salt to the boiling water because it’ll help flavor the potatoes, but if you’re watching your sodium levels, you can easily skip this step.
- Next, peel the sweet potatoes. I honestly don’t do this step very often when making potatoes (unless I’m using russets) because the skin is full of nutrients and also provides texture to dishes. Plus, you save the hassle of peeling them. But, for these ultra creamy dreamy mashed potatoes, the skin should go. So go ahead and give the potatoes a rise, then peel away. (P.S. save the peels! You can make my easy sweet potato skin chips – yum!).
- The next step is to cube the potatoes in 1- or 2-inch pieces. The smaller you chop them, the faster they’ll cook! Boiling potatoes takes several minutes, but because it depends on the size of the cubes, be sure to check on them every few minutes by poking them with a knife or fork to test for doneness. When they’re fall apart tender, go ahead and cut the heat and drain them.
- Next, put the drained potatoes back in the pot. This is where we add all of the ingredients that will elevate the flavor of the sweet potatoes. This includes milk, butter, pure maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. If you want to add a few drops of pure vanilla extract, it certainly will only add more goodness to the mashed sweet potatoes!
- Last, but not least, go ahead and use a hand mixer to whip these babies into mashed potato perfection. Many people will use a potato ricer to get an even smoother mash (you’d want to do this before adding the other ingredients), so that is definitely an option. I just like to keep things simple and rustic – and they’re totally delicious this way.
- Oh, and the most important step – EAT UP! Be sure to make extra for leftovers as well. You’re going to want them.
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Why are sweet potatoes so good-for-you?
I’m sure you’ve heard that sweet potatoes are uber good for you, and that’s because they are. Not only are they a great source of vitamin A and potassium, but they are also packed with fiber. Yes, they are a carbohydrate, but they’re a nutrient dense carbohydrate, meaning they provide a ton of nutrition.
Many people are concerned that potatoes are not healthy because of their carbohydrate content, but our body and brain needs carbohydrates. I would advise to eat some protein and fat with them, which most of us do at normal and holiday mealtimes (hello, turkey!). The protein and fat will help slow the absorption of carbs so your blood sugar is less likely to rollercoaster. These mashed potatoes have some butter, which can also help absorb the fat-soluble vitamins (remember vitamin A is fat-soluble!). So hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little butter, too.
Also, if you’re making these for a holiday meal, it’s absolutely a good thing to just enjoy your favorite dishes. Thanksgiving only rolls around once a year, afterall.
Plus, don’t forget that sweet potatoes go pretty awesome in dessert, as well as savory dishes!
Will these maple cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes be on your holiday table?
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Other holiday recipes I know you’ll love:
- Roasted Delicata Squash with Walnut Crumble
- Butternut Squash Apple Soup
- Grown-Up Deviled Eggs
- Orange-Infused Cranberry Sauce
- Maple Mustard Brussels Sprouts
- Apple Sausage Stuffing
- Plus, 40 Thanksgiving side dishes from the Modern Proper!
Maple Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Simple mashed sweet potatoes with real maple syrup, butter and cinnamon.
- Prep Time: 5-10 mins
- Cook Time: 10-15 mins
- Total Time: 15-25 mins
- Yield: Serves 8 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove-Top
- Cuisine: American
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5–6 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼ cup butter, cut into pats
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cubed sweet potatoes and cook 8-12 minutes or until fork tender. Drain.
- Add the butter to the sweet potatoes and let them melt. Add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Use a hand mixer set on medium speed to beat the potatoes until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
- Serve with additional melted butter and maple syrup on top, if desired.
Cooking Tip: If you cut the potatoes in smaller cubes, they’ll boil quicker.
- Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
- Calories: 228
- Sugar: 13g
- Sodium: 356mg
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 41g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
Keywords: side dish, holiday, thanksgiving, potatoes