This colorful twist on traditional mashed potatoes swaps in sweet potatoes and incorporates the flavors of smoked paprika, cayenne, and orange zest. You can use regular paprika instead of smoked, and can omit the cayenne for a less spicy version.

Lauren Grant
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019


Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sweet potatoes, milk, butter, garlic, and thyme sprigs in a large pot. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are very soft, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Let cool slightly. Discard the thyme sprigs and transfer the sweet potato mixture to a food processor. Add minced thyme, paprika, salt, zest, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Stir in scallions.


To make ahead: Peel and cube sweet potatoes; refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 4.7g 9% DV; carbohydrates 48g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 7.1g 29% DV; sugars 10.8g; fat 7.4g 11% DV; saturated fat 4.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 19.5mg 7% DV; vitamin a iu 32714.4IU 654% DV; vitamin c 7.3mg 12% DV; folate 28.8mcg 7% DV; calcium 106.5mg 11% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 61.8mg 22% DV; potassium 831mg 23% DV; sodium 427.2mg 17% DV.