Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

The sweet potato has become a common staple in the Irish diet over the last few years, so much that it’s hard to find anywhere that isn’t serving it in some form or another! It’s a bit more tender than your average spud when cooked, which makes it great for mashing. This recipe features a cheeky little twist that will enhance the naturally sweet flavour and may have you abandoning traditional mash for good!

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 1 hr, 20 mins
  • Servings 4

Nutrition per Serving

  • Calories

    377 19.00%
  • Fat

    13.2g 19.00%
  • Saturates

    8g 40.00%
  • Protein

    3g 6.00%
  • Carbs

    60g 23.00%
  • Sugars

    38g 42.00%
  • Salt

    1g 17.00%
  • Fibre

    6g 20.00%

Percentage of an adult's reference rate


  • 1kg Sweet Potatoes, equally sized
  • Large bunch of Thyme, plus 1 tsp roughly chopped thyme leaves
  • 60g Butter
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160° for fan assisted ovens)/gas mark 4. Roll a length of aluminium foil over a work surface and place half of the potatoes beside each other in the middle with 3-4 sprigs of thyme on top. Fold the foil around them so they’re held firmly together and repeat with the rest of the potatoes. Place both packages onto a baking tray and pop in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer poked into the potatoes meets no resistance.

  2. Shortly before the potatoes are done, melt the butter in non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat and stir until it starts to bubble and turn a golden colour. Remove from the heat, add the maple syrup and the chopped thyme leaves. Stir to combine.

  3. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow to cool before handling. Peel the potatoes and discard the skin. Scoop the flesh into a large bowl and add the butter mixture. Using a whisk or stick blender with a whisk attachment, beat thoroughly for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth. Season to taste and serve.