Smoky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Smoky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019

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.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme plus 2 teaspoons minced, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions


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  1. 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.
  2. 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 information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 272 calories; 7 g fat(5 g sat); 7 g fiber; 48 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 20 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 32,714 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 106 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 427 mg sodium; 831 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (654% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3

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