Sweet Potato & Turnip Mash with Sage Butter

November/December 2010

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This sweet potato and turnip mash is fragrant with fresh sage.

"I thought this was very good although it tasted VERY strongly of sage. I had big sage leaves so I may have used too much. It was good though so I'll try it again with a little bit less. "
Sweet Potato & Turnip Mash with Sage Butter

Makes: 6 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces turnips (about 2 medium), peeled and diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 30 fresh sage leaves, divided (12 left whole, the rest cut into strips)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper


  1. Place potatoes, turnips, garlic and 12 sage leaves in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. Return the vegetables to the pan and keep covered.
  2. Heat butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. As it melts and turns lightly brown, add the strips of sage and allow them to crackle and flavor the butter, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour the sage and butter over the vegetables and smash with a potato masher. Stir in salt and pepper and serve.


Per serving: 88 calories; 4 g fat (3 g sat, 0 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 224 mg sodium; 291 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (180% daily value), Vitamin C (27% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat

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