Roasted Smashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe with Cinnamon Butter

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Butter
Dairy Free Grain Free Kid Friendly Vegetarian 

Nutrition:  Calories 188| 24.4g Net Carbs | 2.3g Protein | 7.8g Total Fat

This easy recipe for smashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter makes a delicious side without the added sugar, perfect for the holidays.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’m already thinking about what I’m going to make. When I was growing up, my least favorite Thanksgiving dish was sweet potatoes. In fact, I remember sitting around the kids table with my cousins and sister, and we were all trying to figure out how to not eat them. I don’t know why we didn’t like them. They were covered in sugar and marshmallows; it was practically dessert. When I came up with this recipe, I wanted to enhance the natural sweetness of the potatoes without all the extra sugar. Luckily, my kids are not like me, and they love this recipe. And it’s a perfect addition to any holiday meal.

Slice the Sweet Potatoes

Are they sweet potatoes or yams? Have you even been confused by this? Growing up, I thought sweet potatoes were orange. Then, I was told sweet potatoes are white and yams are orange. As is turns out, sweet potatoes come in white, orange and purple varieties. Yams and sweet potatoes are completely different vegetables that aren’t remotely related. However, in American grocery stores, orange sweet potatoes are often labeled as yams. These labels are part of a marketing plan farmers made years ago to distinguish their sweet potatoes from the competitors, and it stuck. True yams, come from Asia and Africa and are difficult to find in US supermarkets.

This recipe will work well with whichever sweet potato variety (or yam?) you chose to use. All you need to do is trim off the ends of the potatoes. Then, cut the sweet potatoes into one inch slices.

Roast the Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is so simple. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry, except maybe the sweet potatoes. The next step is to roast your sweet potato slices. So, place them all on a baking sheet. Then, brush the slices with olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Finally, turn the slices over and repeat the process. Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven at 400° for about forty-five minutes until they are soft when squeezed and have some golden-brown roasted spots.

Make the Cinnamon Butter

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, make the cinnamon compound butter. First, place four tablespoons of softened butter in a bowl. Then, add half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Mix the butter and cinnamon together until they are thoroughly combined. Finally, wrap cinnamon butter in plastic warp and form it into a log shape. Refrigerate the cinnamon butter until it is firm. Then, it will be easy to slice and serve.

Smash the Sweet Potatoes

Once the sweet potatoes are fully roasted, take them out of the oven. Use a fork to smash the middle of the potatoes. This part is fun (and easy), so the kids like to help. Serve your smashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter on top. Enjoy.

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Roasted Smashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe with Cinnamon Butter

This easy recipe for smashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter makes a delicious side without the added sugar, perfect for the holidays.

Total Time: 50 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes (about 2 large potatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Trim the ends off the sweet potatoes and discard. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch thick slices.
  2. Place the sweet potato slices on a baking sheet. Brush the slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Turn the slices over and repeat.
  3. Bake the sweet potato slices for about 45 minutes until they are soft when squeezed and have golden brown roasted spots.
  4. While the potatoes are roasting, put the butter and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix the butter and cinnamon together until thoroughly combined. Wrap the cinnamon butter in plastic wrap and form it into a log shape. Refrigerate the cinnamon butter to firm it up.
  5. When the potatoes are finished roasting, take them out of the oven. Use a fork to smash the center of the sweet potatoes. Serve with a slice of cinnamon butter on top. Enjoy.

Nutrition: 

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: about 2 Slices

Amount Per Serving:  Calories: 188,  Total Fat: 7.8g, Saturated Fat: 3.8g,  Cholesterol: 15.6mg, Sodium: 199mg, Carbohydrates: 28.7g, Fiber 4.3g, Sugars: 5.9g, Protein 2.3g

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