Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter & Pepitas

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter & Pepitas

Would you be surprised if I told you; California produces 20% of the sweet potatoes grown in the US, and is the second largest producing state behind North Carolina? While sweet potatoes are usually regarded as a Southern crop, California production exceeds that of Louisiana and Mississippi combined. Even if you’re not a big fan of sweet potatoes or yams, you’ve got to try this recipe using my shortcut with store-bought apple butter to sweeten and season it just right! Perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish! For a smoother meal, it’s easy to make in advance, refrigerate and reheat just before serving. You’ll love this!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter & Pepitas
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Just right for a tasty Thanksgiving side dish!
Recipe type: vegetable, side dish
Cuisine: Californian
Serves:: 6
  • 4 lb. Sweet potatoes (about 4)
  • 6 T Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ C Apple butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • ¼ C Roasted Pepitas, (hulled pumpkin seeds) to garnish if desired
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 1½ hours, or until very tender.
  4. Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Mash with a potato masher until creamy, then mash in the butter and apple butter.
  6. Season with salt, mix, and garnish with pepitas and serve.



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