Garlic and Herb Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are arguably one of my favorite foods, but I’ve never been one to put brown sugar on them (or God forbid Marshmallows.). Instead, I’ll throw them in the oven with either Cajun spices or garlic or even just salt/pepper.

Sometimes you get a little tired of the same old recipes though, so I took some inspiration from these smashed potatoes from the Pioneer Woman I tried earlier this year, but put a little twist on it and used my own blend of herbs with sweet potatoes.

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Next time - Cajun Smashed Sweet Potatoes. I’m actually a little upset I didn’t think of it sooner.

These are very easy, but the steps are a little bit more extensive than just throwing them in the oven. You boil the slices first to get them soft enough and the smash them like you mean it before putting them back into the oven at a high heat and smothered in butter. This allows them to be soft on the inside while getting nice and crispy on the top.

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Now, if you are one of said people who like sweet sweet potatoes. Make cinnamon brown sugar butter instead of garlic and herb. 3 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt (or just throw that mixture on toast because that sounds like heaven).

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Print Recipe
Garlic and Herb Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 - 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp butter softened
  • 4 cloves garlic about 1 Tbsp minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 Tbsp salt coarse
  • to taste black pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 - 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp butter softened
  • 4 cloves garlic about 1 Tbsp minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 Tbsp salt coarse
  • to taste black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch slices and place into the boiling water. Cook for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. It’s important to make sure all of them are cooked through or you’re going to have a hard time smashing them!
  3. While these are boiling, mix together your softened butter with the garlic, Italian seasoning, and parsley together.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Line a sheet tray with the olive oil. This will help the bottoms crisp up.
  6. Place the sweet potato slices on the sheet tray and start to smash them with a fork. They should smash easily, so try not to completely break the skin because you want them to maintain some shape.
  7. Place a little bit of the herb butter on each slice and season generously with coarse salt and ground black pepper. Throw them in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. After these 20 minutes, turn the broiler on and cook for another 5 minutes or until they start to really crisp on the edges. Serve with dinner!

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