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Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Today I am sharing one of our favorite recipes for mashed sweet potatoes. Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a week away?! The Food Network is hosting a virtual Thanksgiving feast called The Communal Table. You can enjoy my sweet potato recipe virtually, or go ahead and make some. They are quick, simple and the payoff is huge.

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Any excuse I have to cook with sweet potatoes I do. Thank goodness ’tis the season!

Have you ever had anything with brown butter? If so then you know the magical flavors that it creates in your mouth. If not, then you must experience it now. Go ahead, fire up your skillet and burn some butter. I’ll be here waiting…

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This sweet potato mash has a rustic, comfort food charm. In reality it is healthy and quite light.

Enjoy it as a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday side dish or as I do…for breakfast with a side of eggs. Top with some crunchy toasted nuts too. Pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts…anything goes. Coconut milk adds so much to this recipe too.

Those little dark dried fruits on top are dried Black Mission Figs that I found at Trader Joe’s. Get some and thank me later. Or slice up some fresh ones.

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I sprinkled a little bit of demerara sugar on top too. Have you ever had that? I love the large crystals and hearty molasses flavor. This sugar is spun in a centrifuge and is drier than other brown sugars, this makes it catch the light beautifully. It has a nice crunch too.

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Does anyone know what these little pumpkin things are?

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I don’t think they really pumpkins, but they sure are pretty for holiday table decorations. Are they persimmons?

I really have not a clue…

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If you topped little ramekins of this mash with oats, honey and some more butter you would have my Sweet Potato Crisp recipe. If you have not tried that one then you need to. I am so in love with my new Le Creuset Mini Cocottes. Be prepared to see them in my photos all the time. The cobalt color is spectacular…then again so is every color.

I think I need them all. My bank account does not think so though.

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Enjoy your holiday feast with a side salad. We love bright little pomegranate seeds and creamy goat cheese on top of our greens. Like here…

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Another favorite salad is my Sweet Potato, Bacon and Pomegranate Salad with baby spinach.

Speaking of salad, we were sent some samples of Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings. We love to make our own dressings, but in a time crunch their Pomegranate flavor is an excellent pairing for holiday feasts. I added a few fresh pomegranate arils to our dressing. You can see that in the little ramekin in the photo. Pretty huh!

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What is your favorite fall/winter holiday side dish recipe?

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Do you love sweet potatoes as much as I do? How do you like to prepare them?


Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe Links

A Communal Table Blogger Links

Cocktails, Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
Sweet Life Bake: Pumpkin Margarita
Easy Peasy Organic: Thanksgiving Ginger Cocktail
Dishin and Dishes: Butternut Squash Bruschetta With Sage Pesto
Mooshu Jenne: Green Salad
Two Peas and Their Pod: Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Salad
Jones is Hungry: Roasted Vegetable Salad
Purple Cook: Pasta and Bean Stew With Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
From My Corner of Saratoga: Curried Pumpkin Soup

CIA Dropout: Turkey and Stuffles Roulades With Squash Mash
FN Dish: Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey
My Angel’s Allergies: Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Hens

Cafe Terra Blog: Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing
Virtually Homemade: Twice-Baked Cheddar and Chive Potatoes
Easy Eats Magazine: Sausage and Dried Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing
The Sensitive Epicure: Oyster Dressing and Gravy
Daily*Dishin: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Supreme
What’s Gaby Cooking: Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing Coconut Brown-Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Silvana’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Mushroom-Rye Stuffing
The Cultural Dish: Cranberry Sauce

I Am Baker: Pumpkin Cake
Heather Christo: Pumpkin Vanilla Ice Cream Pie
And Love It Too: Pumpkin Custard (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Haute Apple Pie Girls: Double Pumpkin Mini Pies With Candied Pecans
Ladles and Jelly Spoons: Not Your Same Old Pumpkin Pie
Daydreamer Desserts: Cuban Diplomatic Pudding
Thursday Night Dinner: Red Wine Chocolate Cake
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Caramel Apple Pie disclosure: I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company to review Simply Dressed Refrigerated Salad Dressings. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been provided products for review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

~ Marla Meridith

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77 thoughts on “Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Those little pumpkins are called pumpkin vines. They are grown in Africa typically and actually are a variety of eggplant! So fun and they are really hearty. They last forever. Really fun in arrangements with sunflowers and some alright greenery.

    1. Margy, thanks so much for that info! I knew one of my smart readers would have an answer for me. A type of eggplant? How interesting! Also neat that they are from Africa. Bet they are stunning growing in their natural setting.
      Tasty too? I will need to cook with them. I am happy the arrangement will last a long time because we love looking at them. How do you recommend cooking?

      1. I’ve heard them referred to as ornamental eggplant as well. They always catch my eye at the farmers market. Thanks for little history lesson. I had not know that they originated in Africa.

      2. Eek.. the woman at the market said you should not try to eat them. I think they are purely ornamental. I asked as well. You are very welcome. I fell in love with them when I saw them at work in one of the floral arrangements . It became my mission to find them as my table centerpiece for my pumpkin carving party.

  2. Marla this looks soooo good! And your pics, of course, are gorgeous.

    I saw those little pumpkin trees at my TJs. Didn’t buy one but stood outside their store and snapped some pics of them about a month ago.

    Thanks for our awesome meetup and catch-up session yesterday.

    Happy holidays to you and the fam…see you in….2012. That sounds so far off!


    1. Cassie, for some reason sweet potatoes and coconut are a natural flavor pairing to me. Perhaps it is because they are both a touch sweet – but just a touch. Combined with a little bit of sweetener is pure bliss!

  3. Wow. I would have never thought that mashed sweet potatoes can look as pretty as that. The way you’ve added pomegranate and figs on top makes it look fairy-like and so, so delicious.

  4. This is so pretty, Marla and I can only imagine how good it tastes with the nutty addition of browned butter. Okay, I’m digging those little pumpkin decorations, but I have no idea what they are.

  5. We’ve been eating lots of sweet potatoes lately. Just made a batch of mashed sweet potatoes for a friend who just had a baby. It’s such comfort food. Love all the pretty toppings you used. Pomegranate seeds had so much visually and texturally. Love that pop of juice you get when you bite one.

  6. Beautiful recipe. I harvested my first ever garden crop of sweet potatoes this past week. I was giddy that they actually grew! I am a lover of all things sweet potato. I made your sweet potatoes with edamame recipe last Thanksgiving. It was a hit.

  7. I love the idea of using brown butter with sweet potatoes, beautiful! I made brown butter for the first time the other day, it is just way too good, it may be my new love! It was fun cooking with you at the Communal Table with Food Network! Take care, Terra

  8. This recipe is exactly what I have been looking for for about 2 weeks now…I’m having a “Friendsgiving” this weekend and wanted to make a more unique mashed potato dish – this is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  9. This looks and sounds seriously delicious, Marla

    Glad we were at Food Network’s Communal Table together!

    Best regards, Scott
    (Facebook: Jones Is Hungry; Twitter: @JonesIsHungry)