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Garlicky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The mellow flavor of roasted garlic is such a nice complement to naturally sweet tubers that there's no need for butter.



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1 large head garlic
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1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (8 cups)
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2 large apples, peeled and diced (2 cups)
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2 tsp. salt
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1 tsp. balsamic vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut top off garlic head, exposing cloves. Place on piece of foil, and top with chopped rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil. Wrap loosely with foil, and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until soft and golden.

2. Place sweet potatoes and apples in pot with enough water to cover. Add salt, cover pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 10 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft.

3. Drain, and reserve 1 cup cooking water. Transfer to serving bowl.

4. Squeeze roasted garlic cloves into sweet potatoes and apples. Add balsamic vinegar, and mash, adding cooking water as necessary to adjust texture for creaminess. Season with pepper, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
34 g
0 mg
220 mg
5 g
10 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Pretty stringy, the taste is okay. I will try it next time w/out the apples

what do you serve this with?

Do you think they should have used apple cider or apple juice in place of balsamic vinegar.

Smelled great, but was missing something in the taste...maybe cider as Miriam suggested.

I added a dash of orange juice and it was awesome

If you are a garlic lover, this recipe is a very nice variation of a standard side dish. But, if you have set-opinions about combinations of food, you will most likely shy away. I love garlic, especially roasted garlic in this recipe, but wonder if the effort to add roasted garlic and apples to mashed sweet potatoes is worth the time, especially if I am the only me going to eat it. It might go over if you didn’t tell anyone that there was roasted garlic in the recipe. There are many sweet potato dishes that your quests will be clamoring for the recipe, unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.

As others have said, this dish is pretty boring and not worth the effort (and it really doesn't take that much effort). Not surprisingly I had a lot left over and nobody wanted to eat it. I bought some wonton wrappers, mixed 16 oz. of ricotta cheese into the leftover potato mixture and used it as ravioli filling, and the results were amazing. I'll make it again but go straight to the ravioli version. Maybe this recipe just missed its true calling.

sweet potatoes

I loved it! The mix of the sweetness of the potato, the tartness of the apples and the garlic flavor is awesome. Will do it again.