Mashed sweet potatoes are great not only on holidays but also for regular week night meals... they take no extra time than white potatoes and are a nice alternative.
The recipe calls for Fat Free Half and Half or milk.. either works well... the Fat Free Half and half makes them very creamy.
Use unsalted butter, if possible. This way you can add how much salt you really want in the dish, I tend to add very little salt.
The recipe calls for maple syrup... you can also use brown sugar... maple syrup gives it a really nice flavor.. I recommend trying it. Make sure you use the real thing... it makes a difference.
If you plan on using this as a base for a sweet potato casserole where you add a topping of brown sugar and marshmallows.. don't use this recipe.. use another that is less sweet. This recipe stands on its own since it is sweet already.
This recipe serves 4.
Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes
All you need:
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup Fat Free Half and Half or milk
6 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup maple syrup
Salt to taste
All you have to do:
Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot and cover with water.
Bring to a low boil and cook until potatoes are tender.
Drain the potatoes and either mash them in a standing mixer using the paddle attachment or mash by hand with a potato masher.
Nuke the half and half or milk briefly just to take the chill off.
Add butter cubes and beat on low speed. Slowly add the milk while beating the potatoes (I use my standing mixer).
Add half the maple syrup and mix well. Taste and add more maple syrup as necessary (some people like it sweet... some people don't... I use the full 1/2 cup)
Add salt to taste.