Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Thyme
Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Thyme will grace our holiday table this year.
These rich and creamy mashed sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any holiday meal. They’re so quick and easy to make, so you just might find yourself enjoying them throughout the year.
In our house we serve sweet potatoes throughout the year. There are many different ways to prepare them so we never grow tired of them. This year we are replacing the candied sweet potatoes and marshmallows with Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Thyme. The reason is simply that the candied sweet potatoes contains so much sweet that you lose the flavor of the sweet potato. Also we want to enjoy a little dessert later in the meal and candied sweet potatoes are almost a dessert by themselves.
- 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 T. unsalted farm fresh butter, room temperature
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2-3 T. half and half
- 2 T. fresh thyme leaves, minced
- 2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1 t. ground all-spice
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Walnuts halves, toasted
- Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.
- Add butter, cream cheese, and half & half to the sweet potatoes and mash with an immersion blender or a hand-held mixer. For a thinner consistency, add more half & half, if desired.
- Once the potatoes are creamy, stir in thyme leaves, cinnamon, and allspice until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and pour into a serving dish topped with a toasted walnuts, if desired. Enjoy!
Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and bring to the table Vitamin A, B-6 and Vitamin C as well as potassium and other minerals and they are a good source of fiber.
Add in the walnuts and you get vitamins B-6 and E plus Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, folic acids and more so when combined with the sweet potatoes it is a winning combination for your health.
You can’t really have a Holiday Turkey Dinner without Sweet potatoes.
I hope you are enjoying these holiday whole foods recipes most of which are also gluten free. As I am posting them I am also writing out my menu for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here in Mexico there are very few places outside of the tourist area that will offer a special Menu on Thanksgiving so I am going to enjoy cooking it all myself.
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