Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Thyme

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60 min



5 persons




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Sweet potatoes are delicious on their own, but it’s always tempted to gild the lily just a bit. Here, it’s mashed with butter, maple syrup and thyme to bring out their sweet, earthy flavor. You’ll need to allow one hour of hands-off cooking time to bake the potatoes, but you can make the whole dish ahead of time.


  • sweet potatoes : 3 pound (medium-sized)
  • unsalted butter : 6 Tbsp
  • pure maple syrup : 6 Tbsp
  • milk : 0.5 cup
  • salt : 1 tsp
  • freshly ground black pepper : 0.25 tsp
  • fresh minced thyme : 0.75 tsp (plus a few sprigs for garnish)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Ingredients.

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  2. Begin by pricking the potatoes with a fork and baking in a 400°F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When they’re done, they’ll give easily when you squeeze them.

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  3. While the sweet potatoes bake, melt the butter in a medium saucepan.

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  4. Add the maple syrup, milk, salt and pepper.

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  5. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and scoop the flesh out into the butter mixture.

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  6. Mash with a potato masher or fork.

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  7. And then mash in the fresh thyme.

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