Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Mash

Now I know some people are convinced that no holiday table is complete without a concoction that includes sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Maybe someone can explain that one to me–I just never bought it. (Are you in the marshmallows on your yams camp? Please comment, try to convince me!)

I also never quite understood why so many a feast requires both mashed potatoes and a sweet potato dish. Although I often oblige, it seems so superfluous. So here’s a great idea: Combine the two by adding sweet potatoes to the mashed potatoes. This gives a nutrient boost and a punch of flavor to regular mashed potatoes, and will leave a little more room for pumpkin pie!

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Place potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until very tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Drain the potatoes, then mash them in the pot to the desired consistency. Place milk and butter in a small bowl and microwave on High until the butter is mostly melted and the milk is warm, 30 to 40 seconds. (Alternatively, place in a small saucepan and heat over medium until the milk is warm.) Stir the milk mixture, sugar, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes until combined.

Yields 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each.

Nutrition per serving: 151 calories; 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0g mono unsaturated fat); 11 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 321 mg sodium; 369 mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (190% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv).

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Carbohydrate servings: 2.

Interested in a vegan mashed potato recipe? See Vegan Pink Mashed Potatoes with Ginger and Cardamom.

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy! I love sweet potato. Thanks for sharing.

Patty G.
Patty G7 years ago

For a little variety in your mashed white potatoes add some sour cream and chives. Delicious.
I love mashed and sweet potatoes with my Ham at Easter and with Turkey. It makes the table look good as well with the colors. Add a little brown sugar and butter on top your sweet potatoes.MMMM Yummy! Now Im hungry!!
Never bothered with the marshmallows.

Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

I tried this recipe, and I really liked it. I must admit, though we ALWAYS had both mashed potates (the perfect accompaniment to turkey and gravy) and sweet potatoes (thought to be a traditional Thanksgiving side dish) at every Thanksgiving and Christmas meal.

My mother, the grand dame of all cooks, always made sure that we had all the traditional meal components, but she also made certain that my Irish/English father had his "Irish" potatoes. I did not care. I loved it all. It's a good thing that my father and I are naturally slender, or we would have looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy!

Lupe G.
Guadalupe G7 years ago

Hey I just saw a clip about how the sugar index of regular potatoes is much higher than that of other potatoes & that although carrots had high sugar, it was the good sugar. Is this the same with sweet potatoes? Also, they said on the clip that if you must have white bread or starchy items with a high sugar index reading, instead of wheat or something with more grain (take longer to break down for sugar such as honey vs. white granulated sugar), that we should try to eat it combined with a protein or vegetable to slow it down. I knew about this from before but they explained it in more depth thus, making it stick in my head this time. Last time I vaguely remembered why but I will remember it now!

Jan C.
j C7 years ago

I didn't know one could mix the two potatoes together with a good result. I think I'd prefer to have the sweet potatoes by themselves (or in a dish with apple, orange, or pineapple!!), but in case I'm ever short of the sweet variety, I now know I can cheat and add a few yellows.

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

I just love Yukon Gold potatoes. I add quite a few different things to my mashed potatoes to add variety. My kids and I alway enjoyed adding mashed carrots to our potatoes. Yummy!

Smith M.
.8 years ago

Not bad. Personally, I like to skip the heavy cream and use a combination of sour cream and cream cheese. I also toss a few cloves of garlic in with the potatoes (while cooking) - then just leave it in and mash it up when they are cooked :)

Sharon M.
Sharon M9 years ago

Siddiq, I have trouble imagining that your rural clan has a handy supply of marshmallows! Sweet potatoes or yams are indigenous to Africa, I understand, so you must know a variety of recipes for cooking them. Please share them with us! If you really want to experiment with marshmallows (which are a kind of candy), email me your address and I'll send you some.