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Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes topped with butter and toasted pecans. Purple sweet potatoes peeled for Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes. A recipe for Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes with toasted pecans. Hi Guys! Everyone seems to be jumping into the Thanksgiving spirit and we totally are as well. We’re starting today with these crazy looking sweet potatoes. We have a really simple mashed sweet potato recipe for you today, using purple sweet potatoes, only because I found some at the market the other day and I love the intensity of the purple! If you can’t find purple sweet potatoes or the color of them freak you out non-purple sweet potatoes work just fine. :) I’m not a huge candied yam person so to me this is the perfect, slightly sweet alternative. Not so in your face sugar which is how I like it.

As we all prepare for this upcoming time of reflection and thanks I think it’s important to remember our loved ones back east, the devastation that has hit them and what we can do to do our part and help. Whether it’s donating money, food, clothes, etc. every little bit counts. During this time, lets not forget about all our furry friends who also lost their homes, were separated from their families and have absolutely no idea what’s going on. They desperately need our love and compassion during this difficult time. You can donate for both people and animals through a large number of different organizations both established and created for this specific cause. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe week!
xx, Jenny

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Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4 to 6

2 to 3 large purple sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs), peeled and chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground cardamom
salt to taste
1/3 tablespoons toasted pecans, chopped
maple butter:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water.
2. Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Drain potatoes and place back into the pot. Add cream, butter and a pinch of salt and mash with a potato masher or with an electric hand mixer until desired consistency has been achieved. Stir in maple syrup, cinnamon and cardamom. Season with salt to taste.
4. For maple butter: Stir together butter and syrup until combined.
5. Scoop mashed sweet potatoes into a large bowl and drizzle with maple butter. Finish with a sprinkle of pecans and serve.

  1. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delicious! I keep seeing purple potato recipes around blogland but I’ve yet to find any. I love that there is cardamom in your recipe – so yummy!

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie Not Specified Not Specified

    This is too freaking funny. I posted a purple sweet potato recipe today too! They are so much fun.

  3. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, wow! This just might be the most beautiful mashed sweet potatoes I’ve ever seen. That purple is just so vibrant.

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I am in heaven with this post – the lighting, the color, the shimmery reflection off the potatoes! Wow…this is photo heaven! And the recipe isn’t half bad. :)


  5. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    I thought for the longest time that I hated sweet potatoes, but it turns out I just hated the overly sweet candied ones like you :) Love the color of these!

    Also thank you for bringing our attention to the pets that are probably suffering through all of this. I hadn’t even thought of them, thinking about lost pets just breaks my heart :(

  6. Dani Not Specified Not Specified

    So very pretty. Adds something different to the dinner table:)

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl Not Specified Not Specified

    Completely lovely.

  8. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my! I do love purple potatoes, but yours mashed came out so wonderfully colorful! So bright and deliriously delicious looking.

  9. erin @WELLinLA Not Specified Not Specified

    I want to eat purple mashed potatoes! Thank you for the reminder to get out of my Trader Joe’s and get to the farmers market!

  10. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified


  11. Joanne Not Specified Not Specified

    These are truly just show-stopping. All of my holiday sweet potato recipes are officially going to be purple this year!

  12. Marine Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve just discovered your blog, and I love it! Pictures and design are so beautiful, it makes me want to try all these recipes today! :)
    It will be funny to follow you at the opposite of the earth, it’s spring here!

  13. thecitygourmand Not Specified Not Specified

    A technicolour kitchen invasion! Looks yum

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  15. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Not Specified Not Specified

    I just adore sweet potatoes, but I haven’t had the purple ones. What a stunning presentation they make! I’ll be tracking down some for my Thanksgiving table.

  16. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    I just found out that there are purple sweet potatoes the other day! I love this recipe. Simple and fun! I think I could get a few of my nieces and nephews into this because of the color!

  17. Elaine Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my goodness! I would love to find some purple sweet potatoes. How cool!?!

  18. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    These are some fiiine potatoes. YUM!

  19. Tiffany @ The Triple Crème Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks and sounds so delicious! I love the high chroma purple color!

  20. erinn johnson Not Specified Not Specified

    How amazing. I have never seen purple sweet potatoes, I will have to keep my eyes open for for them, I would love to make the dish with them.

  21. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    What a dazzler! No way I can wait until Thanksgiving to try these.

    I’m also thinking about those who were harmed by Sandy. It makes me so sad to think of the pets and owners who have been separated by the storm, but need each other now more than ever.

  22. theperfectnose Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for this beautiful post. And for bringing colour to my day.

  23. OrGreenic Not Specified Not Specified

    Mashed purple sweet potatoes seems like a great way to mix things up. Thanks for the recipe.

  24. addie | culicurious Not Specified Not Specified

    I love to add cardamom to my sweet potatoes too. The flavor is awesome!

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  28. Katarina Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, what a beautiful color!

  29. krimp Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for posting this! I always make purple potatoes for thanksgiving (I live in Okinawa, Japan and they don’t sell the orange here) and I was looking for a different recipe this year. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I’ll be making a few tweaks to it, but for the most part will make it similar. Thank you!

  30. Jen Not Specified Not Specified

    In Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines, we call this purple yam, ‘Ube’. We serve this a lot on Christmas dinner. Glad it is featured here in your blog. Yummy. We also make this into ice cream. And before anybody say ‘what?’ Let me tell you, you don’t have to have an ‘acquired taste’ or submerged into the Southeast Asian cuisine to appreciate it. It doesn’t taste starchy or ‘yammy’ when it is turned into a frozen delight.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Jen! Ah yes, I’m familiar with Ube….yum! These purple sweet potatoes are slightly different from an authentic Ube, but they’re VERY similar….and ice cream in any form, with any ingredients is super yum to me ;)

  31. Vespa Woolf Not Specified Not Specified

    What beautiful photos! We have purple potatoes here in Peru. Their vibrant color makes up for what they lack in sweetness. I like your use of maple syrup, which I think is an important addition with this type of potato. Thanks so much!

  32. Suzanne Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so cool. It makes me think I’d like to try making sweet potato rolls out of them as well. I wonder if the color would be too muted after baking?

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  36. Brenda Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this for Easter and it was a big hit…very delish! The kids loved the purple color.

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  43. Debbie Not Specified Not Specified

    i can’t find the purple potatoes in indiana. Any ideas?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can you russets. The taste is the same.

    • Diane Not Specified Not Specified

      purple sweet potatoes ‘starts’ can be purchased from I got some 2 years ago. and have grown them now for the past two years. Not only are they pretty and nutritious, they can be put into a glass jar. half cover with water. set in a sunny window. in a couple of weeks or 3? leaves will grow. lovely green heart shaped leaves, that are also edible. when soil warms you can plant these starts into well worked soil, and grow your own. in fall after your first frost, dig them up. The ‘starts’ are so pretty in the window on a cold wintry day. makes them enjoyable pretty much all year. And these things store so nicely. and they are purple, which means choc full of antioxidents. check out tatorman. and google how to grow these wonderful purple sweet potatoes.

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  48. Plum Not Specified Not Specified

    Is it a sweet or savoury dish. For instance would it be a good accompaniment of sausages or bacon?

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