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Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Bake the Potatoes First?

Philly Ray Feb 21, 2012 11:59 AM

I see recipes that do it both ways. Some just peel, dice, and boil the potatoes before mashing. Others bake them first and then scoop out and mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Which method do you use/prefer?

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    alliebear Feb 21, 2012 01:06 PM

    I greatly prefer the flavor of mashed sweet potatoes when the potatoes have been baked. That's how I do it no matter what the recipe calls for.

    1. hotoynoodle Feb 21, 2012 01:10 PM

      i don't like boiled potatoes for mashing. either steam or bake.

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        Astur Feb 21, 2012 01:14 PM

        I just did this last night. baked then mashed - and added lots of chipoltle in adobo!

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          chefj Feb 21, 2012 02:06 PM

          I do the same with and add a little Honey. So good

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            Barbara76137 Feb 21, 2012 08:31 PM

            I love that combination!!!

          2. biondanonima Feb 21, 2012 01:38 PM

            I boil white potatoes for mashing, but the texture of sweet potatoes gets really waterlogged and weird if you boil them. I say bake, in their skins, then scoop and mash.

            1. Uncle Bob Feb 21, 2012 02:19 PM

              Bake em......White ones too!

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                junglekitte Feb 26, 2012 09:54 AM

                Agreed! Baked sweet or white potatoes make a superior mash imo.

              2. jmcarthur8 Feb 21, 2012 03:18 PM

                I steam sweet or white potatoes for mashing. My 2 part steamer pan came with a tool to force the potatoes through the holes in the top section for ricing, if I want them smooth.
                If I want them chunky, I just dump it all into the lower section after draining and drying it out, and use a big fork or wide potato masher.

                I have made mashed sweet potatoes from leftover baked ones, and I like that, too. The steamer takes less time, though.

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                  escondido123 Feb 21, 2012 04:14 PM

                  CI did an article on mashed sweet potatoes and they found the very best flavor and texture came about when they cooked the potatoes in just enough milk to get the potatoes tender and then mashed them right in that same milk, adding butter etc when mashing. Haven't tried it, but sounds good to me.

                  1. ipsedixit Feb 21, 2012 08:20 PM

                    Bake, roast, or grill.

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                      noodlepoodle Feb 23, 2012 09:12 AM

                      The other night I cut them in small chunks, steamed them until tender, mashed them well, added a chunk of butter, some pure maple syrup, some gratings of nutmeg, salt and pepper. Came out yummy.

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