Love sweet potato casserole but feel like the marshmallow topping is so 1980? We’ve got a grown up version that we think you’ll enjoy. These Boozy Smashed Sweet Potatoes have all the creaminess of sweet potato casserole that you love, with a little extra kick of bourbon mixed in for good measure. It’s topped off with crunchy pecans that have been bathed in butter and maple syrup.
Did I have you at boozy? These definitely had my attention. One bite and I think they’ll have yours too. Tired of sweet potatoes topped with sticky marshmallows? Or just looking for something a little different to do with sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving (and beyond)? We think spiking them with bourbon and topping them with butter and maple bathed pecans are the way to go.
Grab the good bourbon for this one. It’s just mixed in and not cooked out so the good stuff is in order.
How do I make smashed sweet potatoes?
Start by peeling and cubing the sweet potatoes as evenly as possible. Place sweet potato cubes into COLD water and season with salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until fork tender. Drain and return to warm pot.
What do you top smashed sweet potatoes with?
Pecans cooked in melted butter and pure maple syrup are the perfect compliment to smashed sweet potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and top with fresh sage if desired.
This dish can also be made well ahead of the meal and simply re-heated. If you need to bring a dish, volunteer for this one. It couldn’t be easier and you could even make it the night before.
Just add a little extra cream when reheating and mix through.
My tip for enjoying Thanksgiving? Wear your stretchiest pants. This isn’t the time to try and squeeze into those ultra skinny jeans. You’ll be miserable. Ask me how I know.
Happy Turkey Day friends!
Boozy Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Boozy Smashed Sweet Potatoes topped with crunchy maple pecans is the perfect alternative to sweet potato casserole.
- 4–5 large sweet potatoes - peeled and diced
- kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter - divided
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1-1/2 cups halved pecans
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer the potatoes for approximately 25 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and return to pot.
- Add butter (minus 2 tablespoons) and bourbon while the potatoes are still hot. As you stir the potatoes, they will naturally mash. Add cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.
- Transfer sweet potato mixture to a serving dish. Set aside.
- Into a saute pan add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and melt over medium heat. Add: pecans, maple syrup. Cook until just incorporated.
- Spoon the pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes and serve.
Garnish with fresh sage if desired.
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MORE DELICIOUS SIDES TO TRY:
If you’re feeling inspired by my boozy smashed sweet potoates recipe, you’ll love these other sides:
- Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Fresh Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions
- Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
These sound like a super awesome side! Yum!
Cassie | Bake Your Day says
This is such a great idea. I bet the flavors are perfect!!
These look perfect to cook tomorrow!
Tiffany @ BabyList says
Can you come to my house for Thanksgiving?
Bev @ Bev Cooks says
Yum! These look & sound wonderful, Paula!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Patty T says
You had me at boozy. 🙂
Miss @Miss in the Kitchen says
Drooling! Those look so wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving Paula!
I never would have thought of sage with maple sweetness, but it does sound good.
Oooo, I love boozy everything!
Would it work to nuke the sweet potatoes till just tender, then peel and cube?
I didn’t try it that way but I imagine it would work. If you try it that way let us know how it goes : )
Yum. Boozy sweet potatoes? Why haven’t I been doing this?
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
This is so intriguing. I want to try it!!
tracie @ beets+birch says
really great! made all new recipes for our thanksgiving this year. this was one of them! soooo good! thank you for sharing the recipe!
Amazing recipe. I tried a variation of this recently and it turned out wonderful!
Rose Martine says
If you want to spend less time just poke holes in the spaghetti squash with a fork and then cook it in the microwave. I haven’t done one in awhile but I want to say it usually takes about 20 mins. Start with 10-15 mins and check it frequently and once you can stick a fork into it easily or press it and it’s soft (with an oven mitt on!!!) it’s done. Let it cool, then cut and scoop everything out!