Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Honey Butter offers a sweet and smokey side that instantly perks up pork and poultry mains.
Did you know that white sweet potatoes are a thing? I didn’t. Imagine my confusion upon seeing a pale white interior upon peeling, instead of the brilliant orange sweet potato I assumed I had purchased.
Originally I envisioned that Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Honey Butter would use the orange variety. But in the interest of culinary curiosity (and not wanting to make another trip to the grocery store), I proceeded onward. After all, I might as well find out what this sweet potato in Russet potato’s clothing tasted like.
This description from Southern Living’s Everything You Need to Know About the White Sweet Potato nails the flavor and texture:
“The white sweet potato is a great middle-ground between an orange sweet potato and your favorite russet. The white sweet potato has a slightly more crumbly and dry texture than an orange sweet potato, as well as a flavor that’s slightly less sweet.”
Since the white sweet potato is considerably milder in flavor than its orange counterpart, I found that the Chipotle Honey Butter really shone. My spud snafu produced one smashing side. Plus, it’s dryer texture justified using nearly all of the Chipotle Honey Butter to achieve that desired creaminess.
We’re all coming out the other side of “this shit going on” a few pounds heavier. Embrace it. Sweet potatoes are good for you, and butter is good for you in a bad (read: comforting) way.
Enhancing the flavor of your next batch of mashed sweet potatoes (white or orange!) is as easy as whipping up a batch of 3-ingredient compound butter. So get your sweet and smokey side dish game on with these Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Honey Butter.
- Mashed White Sweet Potatoes
- 2 large white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes*
- 1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives (optional)
- Chipotle Honey Butter
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chipotle en adobo sauce
- Bring butter to room temperature.
- Add butter, honey, and chipotle en adobo sauce to a bowl.
- Whip with a hand mixer until completely combined.
- Set aside.
- Bring a pot of water seasoned with 1 tablespoon of salt to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
- Add sweet potato cubes to the boiling pot of water.
- Cook for around 15 minutes, or until the sweet potato cubes pierce easily with a fork.
- Remove from heat and strain. Return to pot.
- Add ¾ of the Chipotle Honey Butter and ¼ cup of whole milk to the pot.
- Mash, mash, mash! until you reach desired consistency. I don’t mind a few lumps, but you could also run these through a ricer if you want super smooth and creamy spuds.
- Serve along with the remaining Chipotle Honey Butter.
- Sprinkle with fresh chives for a mild, onion-y pop.