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Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes


6 Servings


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes

  • 1 teaspoons salt, divided

  • ⅓ cup finely sliced green onion

  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 small-to-medium garlic clove, pressed or minced

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover by about 1″. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender (in other words, it’s easy to slide a fork in and out), about 9 to 12 minutes.

  2. Drain well, then return the potatoes to the pot. Mash the sweet potatoes to your desired consistency.

  3. Promptly add almost all of the green onion and parsley, reserving a small amount of each for garnish. Add the garlic, and stir to combine. Then stir in most of the sour cream (saving some for garnish), add butter, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt  and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Place mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and top with remaining sour cream. Sprinkle with the rremaining  green onion and parsley, lightly with olive oil, and finish with a touch of pepper.

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