Mashed White Sweet Potatoes

White sweet potatoes are a wonderfully flavorful alternative to yams – you can pretty much prepare them as you would their orange cousins. We find them to be a little less sweet and with a little more white potato-like texture, and the change is a nice way to mix things up.


1 large white sweet potato                       $1.00

8 chestnuts                                                     $0.25

2 tablespoons butter                                  $0.20

2 tablespoons milk                                      $0.02

salt and pepper, to taste                            $free(ish)

a sprinkle of cinnamon                                $free(ish)

Total cost                                                          $1.47

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the chestnuts on a small baking pan and bake for 4-5 minutes. When cooled, shell the chestnuts and cut into small pieces.

Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1 inch cubes. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the potato. Cook until a fork is easily inserted into the largest piece, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat, drain off the water, and add the milk, butter, chestnuts, salt and pepper. Mash with a fork or a potato masher. If you prefer more liquid, by all means, feel free to slowly add milk or butter.

Give a healthy portion to each plate and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and ENJOY!


Want another idea for these delicious white sweet potatoes? They’re also really good made as sweet potato spears. Follow this recipe exactly, just replace the yam with a white sweet potato.

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