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Mashed Firm Sweet Potatoes

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

That seems like an oxymoron: mashed firm sweet potatoes.

Because of a mistake (haha :) ), I came up with a pretty healthy alternative to homemade regular mashed potatoes and I learned that the definition and naming conventions surrounding sweet potato vs. yams are very confusing. :) This picture from the thekitchn.com website can help you to differentiate. They have a very good article on the subject.


It was a sad moment when I thought I bought sweet potatoes because I was going to make sweet potatoes with marshmallows (stay tuned for that post). So I microwaved them for 6 minutes to soften them up quickly before the oven and then I went to cut them open and...they weren't orange! Haha. :)

I tried them and they tasted more like a regular potato (not really sweet), but creamier. So then I thought they were yams or another type of potato like gold potatoes. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to make mashed potatoes

Because they were so creamy already, I just added a splash of milk and 1 or 2 tablespoons for these 3 potatoes. I mashed them together.

Then, I put them in the 350 degree oven with the other stuff I had going -- to cook them a little more. You could put it in the microwave again instead.) Photos at the bottom of the post. [I also added some fresh rosemary. I have a lot of rosemary around for a cooking holiday art project. Stay tuned for that post!]

Many recipes for homemade mashed potatoes use a lot more butter, heavy cream, milk etc., so this is something you could try because these firm sweet potatoes are so creamy themselves that you don't need that much butter or milk. I like a thicker mashed potato though; I don't like my mashed potatoes to be too thin or liquid-y.

Like I said, I thought they were yams or another kind of regular potato. I did some investigating and it turns out they were sweet potatoes after all -- the firm kind. Haha. :)

It's pretty confusing. Soft sweet potatoes are the orange ones and sometimes they are labeled as yams in grocery stores, eventhough they are not yams.

From the article:

"Ironically, when you want a classic baked sweet potato, with a crisp skin and fluffy orange flesh, or sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole, what you should buy will be probably labeled yam [at the grocery store]. Even though it’s not a yam. It’s a sweet potato. The soft kind. "


You say: sweet potato; I say: yam. Let's call the whole thing off. Haha. :)

Anyways, give it a try! We are good at this!

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