Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Orange
We didn't want to mask the unique, earthy flavor of sweet potato. We wanted to highlight it.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted mashed sweet potatoes that actually tasted like sweet potatoes, which meant that we needed to maximize their flavor. To do this, we steamed the potatoes in just 6 tablespoons of water (rather than boiling them in a large volume of water, which dilutes their flavor). We added some butter, sugar, salt, and pepper to the potatoes before cooking. Once they were cooked, we simply mashed all the ingredients together in the same saucepan we'd used to cook the potatoes and then stirred in some maple syrup, thyme, and orange zest for an autumn-inspired twist.