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Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Smooth and creamy mashed sweet potatoes, nutty brown butter and savory fresh sage come together in a beautiful and delicious side dish!

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

I had to squeeze in just one more side dish before Turkey Day. These Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes are an easy side dish to add to your holiday meal or any night! It is easy enough for family dinner (or just yourself) but beautiful and exotic enough for company.

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

The sweet potatoes are still the star of this colorful dish, but each bite leaves a warm, slightly nutty aromatic flavor in your mouth.

Pressing the potatoes through a ricer makes them impossibly creamy and free of lumps without cream or milk. The only richness comes from the sage enhanced brown butter.

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

Oh brown butter how I love thee.

No longer relegated only to cookies around AHC!

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

Sage is one of those tough hearty herbs, like rosemary, that only releases it’s true flavor and aroma when cooked. After the butter reached a perfect golden brown, I tossed in my chopped sage to fry it and infuse the butter. Then the sage brown butter is quickly beaten into the mashed sweet potatoes with a wooden spoon.

I used about ¾ of the brown butter in the potatoes and then drizzled a little on top for that extra flavor boost.

 

As I’ve mentioned in my other sweet potato posts, I boil my sweet potatoes to retain that stunning orange color. If you microwave or bake them, they can turn a brownish-orange and that isn’t really what we are going for here!

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

You will love this easy, flavorful and eye-catching side dish any night of the week. (And twice on Thanksgiving)

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Smooth and creamy mashed sweet potatoes with nutty brown butter and savory fresh sage come together in a beautiful and delicious side dish that is easy enough for family dinner (or just yourself) but beautiful and exotic enough for company!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, packed (plus extra for serving if desired)
  • kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peal and cut up the potatoes into medium chunks. Mine were about 1 inches cubed but there is no need for perfection here…you are going to mash them! Place potatoes in a medium sauce pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium to maintain a slow boil.
  2. Cook until the break apart easily with a fork. They should be very tender! The time will vary greatly by how large your pieces are! Mine took about 20 minutes.
  3. While your potatoes cook, heat your butter in a small saucepot or skillet over medium heat, swirling occasionally until the butter turns a golden brown and it takes on a nutty aroma. There are only a few moments between perfect and burned, so watch it like caramel!
  4. Remove the butter from the heat and stir in sage, it will boil. Gently swirl the sage in the butter until it stops bubbling and set aside until your potatoes are ready. If you wait too long and your butter starts to reharden, you can just heat it gently over low heat until it is liquid again.
  5. Drain the potatoes and either mash with the back of a wooden spoon or press through a ricer (my favorite option). Give the potatoes a good stir with the wooden spoon before pouring in about half of your sage butter. Make sure that you get sage with the butter. Add a large pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Beat well, taste and add more sage butter and salt as needed. I used about ¾ of my butter and all of the sage (just pull it out of the butter with a spoon) in my mashed potatoes, and then drizzled a little extra brown butter on the top to finish it.
  6. Spoon into a decorative bowl and serve hot!
https://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/11/brown-butter-sage-mashed-sweet-potatoes/

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13 Comments

  • Veronica@downcakerylane
    November 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I haven’t cooked with sage much…now I’m curious because this looks so good.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      November 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

      I’ve been obsessed with it recently! I’ve put it in everything except cupcakes!

      Reply
  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    November 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I’m glad you squeezed in this dish, Lindsey! These mashed sweet potatoes look delicious! I love the brown butter and sage flavors. I think I could dive head first right into this bowl! Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      November 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Thanks for the pin, Gayle! I just couldn’t wait to share it!

      Reply
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    November 26, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Sounds wonderful.. have to admit I never tried brown butter into a savory dish. I am sure it tastes s good as it looks.

    Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    November 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Would you believe that I’ve never had mashed sweet potatoes? Yup, it’s a sad but true fact. And now that I’ve seen your delicious creation (brown butter + sage!!), I’m fairly certain I need mashed sweet potatoes in my life. I have some leftover sweet potatoes from a soup I just made…and I think I know where those bad boys are going! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    November 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

    These mashed sweet potatoes look sooooo good!!! Sage is one of my fave herbs to cook with .. pass me a huge serving of this please!!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    November 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Beautiful! Love sweet potato and bet this tastes awesome! Have an awesome day Lindsey! 🙂

    Reply
  • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
    November 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Lindsey this mashed sweet potato looks and sounds delicious! ! Love that you flavoured it with brown butter and sage.. Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    Reply
  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    November 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Brown butter you say? I’m sold!!!!

    Reply
  • Valya @ Valya's Taste of Home says
    November 27, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Many Blessings! 🙂

    Reply
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