Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Have you planned this year’s menu yet, or are you a procrastinator like me? I lucked out and will be visiting relatives out of town, so I get to simply be a dinner guest this year … but I thought I’d share one of my favorite easy Thanksgiving side dishes.
Brown butter mashed potatoes are easy to make and they taste absolutely amazing. There are just three ingredients: sweet potatoes, unsalted butter and salt. You could even make this a two-ingredient recipe by using salted butter, but I prefer to control the salt level. Brown butter creates a decadent flavor that takes the dish to another level.
People seem to find brown butter intimidating, but it’s actually very easy to make. The key is to use high heat and whisk constantly so nothing burns. As soon as you see brown bits, remove the pan from the heat. Brown butter can be made in advance and stored until needed.
Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Note: Do not leave browning butter unattended while it’s cooking. It can go from brown to burnt in a matter of seconds.
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until fork-tender, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium-size saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter has fully melted and begins to bubble, starting whisking. Whisk constantly until brown bits form in the butter, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Mash the sweet potatoes together with the brown butter and kosher salt. Serve warm.
Photo credit: Jennifer Farley