I know, I know. It’s not Thanksgiving. It’s not Christmas. It’s not even Martin Luther King Jr. Day for crying out loud! Who makes mashed potatoes on a random Tuesday night? We do folks.
These mashed potatoes are easy enough that you could make them any night of the week. And delicious enough you should make them every night of the week! No holidays required.
The other night I surprised Josh by picking up some steaks to grill (very very rare occurrence in our house) and I needed a side worthy of this momentous occasion, but didn’t have a ton of time to do so. I thought of making regular garlic mashers, and then I saw two lonely sweet potatoes hanging out in the crisper. I had never had sweet potato garlic mashers, but I LOVE sweet potato fries so I figured these couldn’t turn out horrible. Guess what, they stole the show!! The steaks were okay, but the potatoes were ah-may-zing!!!!
It’s kind of like eating sweet potato fries, except in creamy form, and extra garlicky. I’m not such a huge fan of sweet potatoes with cinnamon and marshmallows and all of that junk, but these are the bomb! Remind me when I’m trying to figure out what to make for Thanksgiving next year about these. Mmmkay?
Oh, and that little somethin’ somethin’? That’s the coriander. Do it! It gives the dish that little extra oomph. The little extra something that makes you wonder, “hmmm, what is that?”
I didn’t peel my sweet potatoes, and I also mashed them roughly by hand. The skin is where all of the nutrients are (that’s what mom always said at least). And I like them just a little chunky. You could whip these, a la Thanksgiving potatoes, if that’s more your style. Whatever you do to them, make these. Stat!
No holiday required.
Garlic Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: steam side Thanksgiving Christmas Easter
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4 c low fat ricotta cheese
- 2 T milk
- 2 T butter/margarine
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t coriander
- pinch cracked black pepper
Rinse off sweet potatoes
Cut into 1 inch cubes (leave peels on)
Place in large pot of water
Heat over high heat, bring to a boil
Cover and reduce heat
Simmer 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through
Drain off water
Roughly mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher
Add ricotta cheese, milk, butter, garlic and spices
Mash until smooth with a few small chunks left
Garnish with fresh parsley
Serve and enjoy!