Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you know me, you know I love sweet potatoes.  So, when it came time to create a Thanksgiving menu, the question wasn’t whether I was going to serve sweet potatoes, the question was simply what recipe to choose.

I wanted something fairly simple to make, but that would nonetheless impress.  I also wanted it to be something unique and fun.  This recipe met all my requirements.

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes
YIELD: Serves 6

3 large sweet potatoes
3/4 cup cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 cup candied pecans, for garnish (recipe here)


1.  Preheat the oven to 420 degrees.

2.  Place the three potatoes on a baking sheet covered with foil, and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes.  Once done, remove the sweet potatoes from the oven.  Pierce the skin to allow the heat to escape, and allow the potatoes to cool for about 15 minutes.

3.  While the sweet potatoes are cooking, pour the cream into a medium saute pan.  Scrape the caviar from the bean, and add the caviar and bean to the cream.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the cream has thickened slightly and the vanilla is fully incorporated.

4.  In a medium bowl, combine the meat from the sweet potatoes with the vanilla-cream, salt, and butter.  Mix well.  Serve warm with candied pecans!


5 responses to “Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. sweet potatoes = best things ever. this looks great!

  2. That looks great! Sweet potatoes have so much natural sweetness; I find the sweet potato casseroles that lots of people make with all the sugar and marshmallows sickeningly sweet. This looks so much better! I could eat the entire bowl.

  3. Caviar? Not the egg fish? I’m not sure I understood, “scrape the caviar from the bean and add the caviar and bean to the cream”? Hmm?

  4. Not the egg fish. The seeds or black dots in the vanilla bean are sometimes referred to as the caviar of the vanilla bean.

  5. Ohhhh, scrape each beans? Isn’t that a lot of work? LOL

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