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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sage Butter Sauce

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sage Butter Sauce


Maple syrup, marshmallows, pecans, brown sugar.. When it comes to mashed sweet potatoes, plenty of sweet potato recipes put way too much emphasis on the sweet. Put down the sugar — try savory mashed sweet potatoes with sage butter. Even better?! This recipe is as appropriate on a busy weeknight as it is at your Thanksgiving table.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sage Butter


  • 4 Large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 3 pounds)
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage, or more to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons+ chopped fresh sage

1. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook sweet potatoes in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove about 1/4 cup of cooking water before draining in a colander.
2. Place sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Pour reserved cooking water over sweet potatoes, and mash with a potato masher.
3. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter until browned, but not black, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped sage. Drizzle half of the sage butter over sweet potatoes, season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving dishes. Drizzle remaining sage butter over sweet potatoes before serving.

Recipe Adapted Fromt: Epicurious.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:29PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Love sweet potatoes! Thanks

5:55PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

A friend grows sage but I don't know what food to match it with - Now, I know !

2:28PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013


10:01AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013


6:34AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Will try this recipe. Thank you.:)

5:48AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Cool! Thanx...

1:17AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Sounds good using savory and very easy. I have sweet potatoes often but never mashed, so this will be a nice change. Thanks.

10:23PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing this

4:37PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013


7:51AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

This sounds delicious, and certainly a change from all those sweet recipes!

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