5 Unique Sweet Potato Mash Recipes

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or under-used ingredients.

Try making sweet potato recipes throughout the year, not just for special occasions!
Try making sweet potato recipes throughout the year, not just for special occasions! | Source

Sweet potatoes should be for all occasions!

There were times when sweet potato recipes were reserved for special occasions, one notable example being Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada. This is a great shame, as they're an excellent meal ingredient:

  • They can be cooked in so many ways.
  • They can be used at any time of year.
  • They can be served with a huge variety of side dishes.

The sweet potato mash recipes featured here vary both in their composition and the meals of which they are in. I share these in the hope that at least one of these recipes will suit every individual's taste preferences.

The five recipes you'll find below are the following:

  1. Mash With Tenderloin and Glazed Apples
  2. Mash With Lamb and Mint Sauce
  3. Mash With Chicken and Vegetables
  4. Mash With Parsnip Chips and Brussels Sprouts
  5. Mash With Marshmallows and Chocolate

Make sure you try some of these dishes to see why they shouldn't be restricted to special occasions!

Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic, Fillet of Pork Tenderloin and Honey Glazed Apple Slices
Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic, Fillet of Pork Tenderloin and Honey Glazed Apple Slices

1. Mash With Tenderloin and Glazed Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 fillet pork tenderloin
  • 2 slices of cored apple
  • 2oz green dwarf beans
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Peeled and roughly chop the sweet potato. Add the chunks to a large pan of lightly-salted cold water. Bring the water to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer for twenty minutes.
  2. As soon as the sweet potatoes are on the heat, add a little sunflower oil to a frying pan. Season the pork fillet on both sides, and fry it over medium heat for around eight minutes on each side until it's cooked. The fillet should be placed on a heated plate and covered with tinfoil to rest.
  3. The beans should be added to simmering water to blanch for four to five minutes. Wipe the frying pan with a paper towel, and then add the honey to it. Heat until the honey starts to bubble and caramelizes. Note that the apple should be cored but not peeled. Being watchful for spattering oil, fry the apple slices for around a minute each side until they start to soften and take on some colour.
  4. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash them either in the pot or in a bowl. Peel and grate the garlic into the mash. Stir them in well with a large spoon.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to nicely plate the sweet potato. Drain the beans and plate them before uncovering the pork and plating it with the honey glazed apples on top.
  6. A glass of cold apple cider makes the perfect accompaniment to this meal. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Mash with Swede Turnip, Lamb Cutlets and Broccoli
Sweet Potato Mash with Swede Turnip, Lamb Cutlets and Broccoli

2. Mash With Lamb and Mint Sauce

This recipe is served with homemade mint sauce. If you choose to serve the sauce, it should be prepared first. Please keep in mind that this serves one person.

Ingredients

  • 2 small lamb cutlets
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • ¼ small Swede turnip
  • ½ head broccoli
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the mint and add it to a small glass or stone bowl. Add the white wine vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt to it. Stir well, cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the sweet potato and turnip. They cook at similar rates, so add them to the same large pot of cold water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer everything for twenty minutes.
  3. Grill the lamb cutlets for seven or eight minutes each side. Then, add them to a heated plate, cover them with tin foil, and let them rest for five to ten minutes.
  4. Break the broccoli into florets and simmer them in salted water for ten minutes.
  5. Plate the sweet potato and turnip mash. Add the lamb on top of the mash. Check the mint sauce for seasoning and transfer the contents into a small serving dish or simply spoon it on the plate.
  6. Drain the broccoli, add to the plate, and serve.

Sweet Potato Mash with Carrot and Cilantro and Herb Poached Chicken Leg and Thigh
Sweet Potato Mash with Carrot and Cilantro and Herb Poached Chicken Leg and Thigh

3. Mash With Chicken and Vegetables

Sweet potato mash pairs well with chicken, which can be cooked in a variety of ways. I'm serving it with herb-poached chicken. The chicken should be cooked on its own, prior to any of the other ingredients. A chicken of this size will serve two to four people.

Ingredients per Person

  • 1 portion of poached chicken
  • 1 sweet potato
  • ½ small carrot (grated)
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped cilantro/coriander leaf
  • 2 tbsp frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Add a small two-pound chicken, one roughly chopped onion, and one roughly chopped carrot to a large pot. Season it with salt, black pepper, and one teaspoon of both dried rosemary and dried thyme.
  2. Add enough cold water to completely cover the chicken. Turn the stove on high heat until the water boils, and then reduce it to a simmer. The chicken should be simmered for a total of one hour and carefully turned to have the breast on the bottom after half an hour.
  3. Remove the chicken carefully from the pot with large slotted spoons or spatulas. Plate and cover to rest and cool while the remainder of the meal is prepared.
  4. Peel and roughly chop the sweet potato and add it to a large pot of cold water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer it for twenty minutes. Then, mash the sweet potato.
  5. Chop the cilantro and roughly grate the carrots. Then, stir them both through the sweet potato mash. The peas should be submerged in boiling water for three minutes to cook.
  6. The leg/thigh portions and wings should be chopped off the chicken with a Chinese cleaver or sharp carving knife. The breast fillets should be sliced off one at a time by carefully slicing down from the breastbone and tracing the line of the ribs. Do not hack at the fillets as you would with a saw—rather, make a serious of slits, one after another, in the same direction for the best results.
  7. Plate everything up and serve.

Vegan Sweet Potato Mash with Pan Fried Parsnip Chips and Brussels Sprouts
Vegan Sweet Potato Mash with Pan Fried Parsnip Chips and Brussels Sprouts

4. Mash With Parsnip Chips and Brussels Sprouts

Sweet potato mash is entirely suitable for vegans. It is unfortunate, however, that many of us thinking don't consider the preferences of vegetarians and vegans when we think of dishes to accompany a mash. This incredibly simple recipe is perfect for both vegetarians and vegans.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 medium parsnip
  • 8-10 Brussels sprouts
  • Salt and white pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Flat leaf parsley, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Instructions

  1. Chop the sweet potato and cook it in salted water.
  2. Peel and slice the parsnip into quarter-inch slices. Season the slices with salt and white pepper.
  3. Fry the parsnips in a little sunflower oil over a medium heat for six to seven minutes on each side until golden.
  4. Simmer the miniature Brussels sprouts for seven or eight minutes in salted water.
  5. Add nutmeg to the mashed sweet potatoes and stir it through carefully.
  6. Make a bed of the sweet potato mash when you plate the dish. Top it with the parsnips and add the sprouts alongside it. The roughly chopped flat-leafed parsley makes an attractive garnish.

Sweet Potato Mash with Marshmallow and Chocolate and Coconut Dusting
Sweet Potato Mash with Marshmallow and Chocolate and Coconut Dusting

5. Mash With Marshmallows and Chocolate

Sweet potatoes are perfect to incorporate in desserts, and people seem to enjoy pairing them with marshmallows. This recipe can be prepared from the getgo or whipped up to finish leftover plain mash.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 18-20 small marshmallows
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Small chunk milk chocolate
  • 1 tsp desiccated coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Stir the cinnamon well into the sweet potato mash.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly across the base of a 6" ovenproof stone dish that is at least 1" deep.
  3. Arrange the marshmallows on top, leaving a little space between them for any expansion that takes place during the cooking process. Place the dish on a baking tray and put the whole thing into the oven for ten to twelve minutes.
  4. Remove the tray from the oven and grate chocolate on top. Scatter the coconut on top of the chocolate. Place the dessert under a hot overhead grill for a couple of minutes to toast the coconut and melt the chocolate.
  5. Allow it to cool and refrigerate for at least an hour prior to spooning it into bowls and serving.

Sweet potatoes are not yams!

It is more than worthwhile to point out that, contrary to popular opinion, sweet potatoes and yams are two entirely different foodstuffs. Sweet potatoes (South America) and yams (Africa/Asia) originated on different continents and do not even belong to the same genetic family of plants. This means that the two are typically not interchangeable, however similar they may look. Please stick to sweet potatoes and avoid using yams in these dishes.

Would you give sweet potato mash a chance?

Hopefully, if you are a lover of sweet potatoes and sweet potato mash, you have found something on this list to suit your tastes. Perhaps you were not previously a fan but are now willing to give sweet potato mash a chance.

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        Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thank you, Paul, for the visit and the comment. I hope that you manage to get your cooking done and enjoy your meal. You've also reminded me that I haven't cooked ribs for a while - I will definitely have to rectify that soon!

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        Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I'm hoping to cook some mashed sweet potatoes,applesauce and bbq baby back ribs this weekend. Love all the meals that go with sweet potatoes.

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        Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

        My mom, called everything she could mash down a mush. David

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        Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thanks, Tony, David and RTalloni

        I've never heard of it called sweet potato mush. It is very rare that I use sweet potatoes in a sweet dish but they do go very well and are of course a very healthy eating foodstuff.

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        RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

        Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods and I just recently heard of newly discovered health benefits from eating them. I have never seen chocolate with them before. Thanks much for the recipes.

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        Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

        Great Hub, Gordon. But, my mom would have called in Sweet Potatoe MUSH.

        David Russell

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        Tony Mead 7 years ago from Yorkshire

        Hi Gordon,

        some fascinating recipes here, I've tried it with carrot, but never as a sweet.

        cheers Tony

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        Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thank you, Simone. I hope you do and enjoy them.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

        Goodness gracious! There is so much to do with sweet potatoes! Great Hub- I'm inspired to try these things out!

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        Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thank you, Fiddleman. I love them, too, cooked in so many different ways.

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        Fiddleman 7 years ago

        Great hub, I love sweet potatoes.

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