By admin | January 17, 2012

By: Marnely Rodriguez 

Sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish to complement and round out a meal. They’re savory, with that touch of sweetness that pairs well with everything from roasted vegetables to a crisp salad! These Nutty Mashed Sweet Potatoes are soft and creamy, with the added crunch of caramelized nuts.

And what is a sweet potato’s best friend? Salt! Lack of it will make your sweet potatoes flat, and just sweet. Adding enough salt to a dish brings out all the flavors, from the fat of the milk to the roasting of the nuts. Add salt and taste; re-season and taste again. Salt is your friend!

Pair it with your favorite salad, quiche, grilled vegetables, protein, or seared tofu. Whatever your choice, it’s sure to be a deliciously nutty one!

Nutty Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4- 1/2 cup almond milk
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
to taste: nutmeg, salt and black pepper


  1. To make pecans: Preheat oven to 350F. Make a simple syrup with water and sugar and cook until all sugar is melted. Toss pecans in the syrup and then layer on a parchment covered sheet tray. Bake until toasted and caramelized, about 5-10 minutes. Check constantly, nuts burn faster than you think!
  2. In salted, boiling water, cook sweet potatoes until tender. Drain water and return to pan.
  3. In a small saucepan, simmer milk and olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  4. Mash sweet potatoes and add hot milk slowly, while mashing until creamy. Check seasoning.
  5. Serve topped with chopped caramelized pecans and a simple side salad for a delicious meal!

Photo: Marnely Rodriguez

Marnely Rodriguez, author of the food blog, Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, has worked as an Overnight Bread Baker in Colorado, a Chocolate Maker in Virginia as well as a Pastry Cook on the whimsical island of Martha’s Vineyard, just to name a few. Currently residing on Martha’s Vineyard, where she is an endless search of flavors, tropical fruits and gastronomic inspiration. Follow her on Twitter: @nella22 

For more recipes from Marnely, follow me on Twitter (@MarcusCooks)


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