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Roasted Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Roasted garlic mashed sweet potatoes are an easy and flavorful side dish that are perfect for holidays or evening meals. Sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection and mashed with roasted garlic, butter, and milk.

overhead view of sweet potatoes in bowl

I love this recipe because it’s so much easier than regular mashed potatoes, in my mind. Instead of peeling the potatoes, and then chopping them, and then boiling them, and then mashing them, this version is much less labor intensive! Just roast the sweet potatoes and garlic together, then peel the skins off (they will just fall off!), and then mash all the ingredients together! Voila! Done! 

white bowl with mashed sweet potatoes, roasted garlic and ae dairy milk bottle

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Because this recipe has so few ingredients, its important to make sure you have good quality so each flavor can really shine.

I always rely on AE Dairy milk for my family’s baking, cooking, and drinking because I know its fresh, and has amazing quality. Their pure milk really helps these mashed potatoes be creamy and smooth with a rich and flavorful taste. 

Good sweet potatoes should be firm, without any discolored spots. Garlic should not be brown, mushy, or growing sprouts (as this causes the flavor to become bitter). And your milk and butter need to be great quality, too! I like using unsalted butter here so I can control the salt better.

How do you make roasted garlic mashed potatoes? 

This side dish is so simple to make! For the full recipe, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below, but here is a brief overview of how to make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes to remove any dirt. Poke them with forks to give them some holes for steam to escape, and then wrap them in foil.
  3. Carefully slice off the stop of a head of garlic, just enough to expose each garlic clove. Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminium foil. Drizzle the garlic with a little olive oil and sprinkle on some salt. Wrap in the foil.
  4. Place all the wrapped sweet potatoes and the garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the preheated oven 35 minutes, remove the garlic, and then roast the potatoes for another 25-35 minutes more. The potatoes are done when they are soft when pierced with a fork.
  5. Allow to cool enough to handle.
  6. Carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the foil and peel off the skins.
  7. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and mash slightly.
  8. Remove a few of the roasted garlic cloves from the head and place on a plate or in a small bowl. Use a fork or spoon to mash them.
  9. Add the butter, milk, salt, pepper, and mashed roasted garlic cloves to the sweet potatoes and mash to desired consistency.

*Optional: You can also place the roasted potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, milk and butter in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Can I make these with other varieties of sweet potatoes?

You bet! This recipe works equally well with yams or japanese sweet potatoes.

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

In America, we often interchange the terms sweet potato and yam. 

Prepping ahead of time

These mashed sweet potatoes are easy to prep ahead. You can roast the sweet potatoes and garlic ahead of time. These are easy to reheat in the oven or microwave.

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

white bowl with garlic roasted mashed sweet potatoes

How to serve this to your family

These mashed sweet potatoes are great for a holiday dinner beside a ham or turkey! If you are serving a holiday meal, try serving it with old fashioned cream corn, cheesy potato casserole and greek yogurt green bean casserole.

This also makes a great side dish for a regular evening meal, too! It’s awesome beside a grilled steak, spiced pork chops, or oven roasted pulled pork

white serving bowl with mashed sweet potatoes  and  AE dairy bottle of milk behind

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting your kids into the kitchen to help you prepare meals is an amazing way to help them be more confident and comfortable with new foods and open to trying (and hopefully enjoying) what you serve. It is great 1:1 time that kids love, plus it helps their math, language skills, reasoning, and problem solving!

These roasted garlic mashed potatoes are great because they are simple, and kids can help with so many of the easy steps. This is a great recipe for beginner chefs!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash the sweet potatoes and prepare them for roasting. They can also help you pick parsley leaves off the stems, and add the seasoning, butter, and milk to the pan. They can also help you garnish the final dish.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves, mash everything together, and help you chop the parsley.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

top down view mashed sweet potatoes with roasted garlic in white bowl

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Yield: 4 Servings

Roasted Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

overhead view of sweet potatoes in bowl

Roasted garlic mashed sweet potatoes are an easy and flavorful side dish that are perfect for holidays or evening meals. Sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection and mashed with roasted garlic, butter, and milk.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2/3 milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
    2. Wash the sweet potatoes to remove any dirt. Poke them with forks to give them some holes for steam to escape, and then wrap them in foil.
    3. Carefully slice off the stop of a head of garlic, just enough to expose each garlic clove. Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminium foil. Drizzle the garlic with a little olive oil and sprinkle on some salt. Wrap in the foil.
    4. Place all the wrapped sweet potatoes and the garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the preheated oven 35 minutes.
    5. Remove the garlic from the oven, and then roast the potatoes for another 25-35 minutes more. The potatoes are done when they are soft when pierced with a fork.
    6. Allow to cool enough to handle.
    7. Carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the foil and peel off the skins.
    8. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and mash slightly.
    9. Remove a few of the roasted garlic cloves from the head and place on a plate or in a small bowl. ( suggest 3-4, but if you want a lot of garlic flavor, use more!)
    10. Use a fork or spoon to mash them.
    11. Add the butter, milk, salt, pepper, and mashed roasted garlic cloves to the sweet potatoes and mash to desired consistency.

Notes

Alternately, you can also place the ingredients into the bowl of a food procesor and blend until smooth instead of mashing. b

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 404mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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