Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

easy smashed sweet potatoes

 

I love sweet potatoes.  I usually just serve them baked as a side dish.  If I’ve got more time, I like to make Sweet Potato Fries.

But this time, I decided to make them mashed.  Or rather, smashed.

This is such an easy side dish to fix.  And it’s a nice change from serving the potatoes baked.

It starts with baking the sweet spuds.  I scrubbed them and put them in a foil lined pan, covering the whole pan with foil.  This was faster than wrapping them individually.  It made the final step easier too.  Just whip the foil off the pan, instead of having to unwrap individual potatoes.

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This is more method than recipe.  Easy to fix.  Easy to remember.

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients
  • ½ - 1 sweet potato per person
  • 2-3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • ¼ - ½ stick butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes.
  2. Place in foil lined baking pan and stick potatoes with a fork several times each.
  3. Cover with more foil.
  4. Bake 350 for 1½ hours or until very tender.
  5. Or line crockpot with foil and place potatoes. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  6. Remove from oven or crockpot.
  7. Slice potatoes in half and scoop out the middles.
  8. Place in a bowl with brown sugar and butter.
  9. Smash and stir with a spoon until well combined.

You’ll also need butter and brown sugar in addition to the sweet potatoes.

 

Easy Apple Crumb Cake

I was headed to a family get together last week and needed to bring dessert. I couldn’t decide what to make so I looked around in a pantry and what I found created this deliciousness! This is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and so good. I hope you enjoy as well. And its very customizable. You could use any type of cake mix. I think it would be good with spice cake. And you could use other fruits. Peaches would be so good too. If this gets your creative juices flowing and you make an alteration to this recipe please comment and let us know!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do – I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2-3 apples, sliced and skinned

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Easy Apple Crumb Cake
Ingredients
  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do - I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 apples - cored, sliced and peeled
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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