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)
Stages of cooking
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.
While the sweet potatoes bake, melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
Add the maple syrup, milk, salt and pepper.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and scoop the flesh out into the butter mixture.
Mash with a potato masher or fork.
And then mash in the fresh thyme.