thyme & citrus-scented sweet potato mash

Ok, so that title’s kind of a mouthful. But this mash is actually really simple, and you’ll want to eat mouthful after mouthful. We eat sweet potatoes a lot; mostly because I don’t think I’ve ever met a potato I didn’t like (seriously!) and also because they’re supposed to be healthier than regular old potatoes –which might be true if they weren’t eaten in the quantities I eat them.

This bright orange mash is citrus-kissed and thyme-flecked, and it’s incredibly fluffy without even a hint of oil or butter (if you care about that sort of thing), and it’s addictively delicious. It can accompany pretty much anything; I use it as a side to bulk up lighter meals (read: salads) as it’s quite filling.

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On a separate note: tomorrow is the last farmer’s market of the season, so I’ll probably go a little crazier than usual and buy ALL THE THINGS. And in honor of this last farmer’s market (for now), I’ll share some of my finds with you, as well as tips for shopping farmer’s markets and figuring out what to do with your haul. I hope you’ll check back in tomorrow because I’d really love to hear your farmer’s market stories!

But for now, I’ll leave you with this bowl of fluffy potato heaven:

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Thyme and Citrus-Scented Sweet Potato Mash

I have no notes for this except that it is so simple yet so insanely delicious that you need to make it now. Oh! you can totally halve (but why?) or double (or triple) the recipe .

Serves 4-6

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, approximately 1 kg
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • leaves from 3 small sprigs of thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel your sweet potatoes and slice into roughly 2” rounds.

Place the sweet potato rounds in a medium pot, and cover with water—about 2” over the potatoes.

Bring to the boil, and continue to cook until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, 20-30 minutes.

Drain the water from the potatoes, and place them in a bowl.  Add the orange zest, thyme leaves, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Mash with a fork until there are no lumps and the potato forms soft, fluffy peaks.

Season to taste and serve immediately.