Merced, CA – Side dishes are often the best part of a meal, and mashed potatoes are among the top contenders. Here’s a very simple take on that old favorite with a modern twist—mashed California sweet potatoes with buttermilk and fresh herbs.
Buttermilk Mashed California Sweetpotatoes are easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and perfectly elegant for company and special occasions throughout the year.
Easy-to-Make Buttermilk Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
Serves 6 to 8
2 1/2 lb orange or yellow-white fleshed sweet potatoes, or a combination, peeled and cut into 1-in chunks
4 T butter
3/4 c buttermilk (see note)
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 T chopped fresh dill
1 T chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp chopped fresh mint
1 tsp salt, or more to taste
1 tsp pepper, or more to taste
Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan or small stockpot, cover with water by 1 inch, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer; continue to cook until very tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain sweet potatoes; return to saucepan. Add butter and mash. Add buttermilk, cilantro, dill, parsley, mint, salt, and pepper. Add more salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Note: If you prefer, substitute plain yogurt, sour cream, milk, half and half, or cream for the buttermilk.
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