|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||29%|
|Total Carbohydrate 50g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||28%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 62mg||309%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The white-fleshed sweet potato (boniato) is as versatile as traditional American potatoes. In the Caribbean, there is a huge variety of sweet potatoes, and people are always finding different ways to use them. Often, they are substituted for regular potatoes.
In an effort to serve a different kind of mashed potato, the white-flesh sweet potatoes were used to make this spiced mashed potato dish. Made with the addition of green onions and chile pepper to give it a little kick, this dish can be served just as you would regular mashed potatoes. It should go great with pork, chicken, and other protein main courses.
The boniato is native to the Americas, and its name means "harmless" in Spanish, probably to distinguish it from poisonous plants. It grows year-round in the Caribbean. It has purple skin and white flesh that isn't as sweet as other sweet potato varieties. It is high in vitamins A and C and in fiber, making it hearty and healthy.
There are also many varieties of spicy chile peppers native to the Caribbean, including the Scotch bonnet, Caribbean red peppers, and Trinidad scorpion peppers, that make the hottest of the hot lists. You can add milder chile pepper, of course, and adjust the amount to taste, or leave it out if you wish.
"The mashed white sweet potatoes were savory yet with a hint of sweetness, and the green onions and chile pepper were excellent additions. These would be a tasty change of pace for a holiday meal, or serve them as a side to go with meat, poultry, fish, or a plant-based protein." — Diana Rattray
2 pounds white sweet potatoes
Salt, to taste
3 tablespoons melted butter, salted or unsalted
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup whole milk, warm
1 chile pepper, minced
1/4 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into large pieces.
In a large pot, place the potatoes, cover with water, and bring the pot to a boil over high heat.
When the pot comes to a boil, salt the water, and let the sweet potatoes cook until a knife inserts easily into them, about 20 minutes.
Drain the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
Add the drained potatoes back into the still-hot pot along with the butter, pepper, and milk. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth. Season with the chile pepper and salt to taste. Mix well.
Fold in the green onions.
Serve immediately and enjoy.
- Your mashed white sweet potatoes can be part of a Caribbean feast or family dinner. A baked or roasted chicken breast with Caribbean jerk seasoning would be a good accompaniment, as would pork chops.
- Besides enjoying them again as mashed potatoes, you can use them in a variety of ways. Top a shepherd's pie made with meat, vegetables, or lentils with the leftovers. You can also form them into potato patties adding vegetables, flour, and egg (or egg replacer), and fry them to make a great breakfast dish or appetizer to serve with dip or chutney.
- For vegan mashed white sweet potatoes, use a milk alternative or broth, and replace the butter with vegan-friendly margarine.
- To make the sweet potatoes richer, use half-and-half or light cream instead of milk.
- To reduce the heat, replace the hot chile pepper with a few tablespoons of minced red bell pepper.
How to Store & Freeze
- Refrigerate leftover mashed sweet potatoes in an airtight container and eat within four days.
- To freeze cooked mashed sweet potatoes, transfer them to an airtight container or zip-close freezer bag. Label the container with the name and date and freeze for up to 12 months.
What does a white sweet potato taste like?
The taste of a white sweet potato is similar to the orange variety but is milder and creamier and can be used in savory or sweet dishes.
Is a sprouted sweet potato OK to eat?
Sprouted sweet potatoes are safe to eat, but you will want to scoop out the sprouts.
USDA FoodData Central. 2021. Sweet potato, cooked, boiled, without skin. [online] Available at: <https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168484/nutrients>