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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4 to 6

This mashed sweet potatoes recipe has great flavor but is not overly sweet like some I have tasted. If you prefer them sweeter, add a little more brown sugar or syrup after tasting. Microwaving the sweet potatoes saves time, but they can be boiled or, if preferred, baked in a conventional 400° oven for one hour or until tender.


Scrub the potatoes. Stab all over with a fork. Place on a microwavable plate. Microwave on high until tender, turning the plate several times, about 15 minutes, depending on microwave wattage. Cut in half and scoop out flesh with a spoon. Place in mixing bowl. Add the butter, brown sugar, spices, salt and pepper. Mash until desired consistency and taste for seasoning. (More than likely, the potatoes will have enough moisture as is. If not, add a little milk.) Place in microwavable baking dish or serving bowl. Dot with butter, drizzle with the maple syrup and sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Serve immediately or let set until needed, then microwave on high until hot. (The length of time to reheat depends on how long the potatoes were sitting. They can also be reheated in a 400° oven for about 20 minutes.)