Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Browned Sage

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Mashed sweet potatoes with browned butter and sage is an easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe. I came pretty late to the sweet potato party. Those marshmallow and brown sugar topped side dishes frighten me.

Browned butter mashed sweet potatoes with sage is an easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe, but it's delicious to eat any time of the year. |

I’ve never been a fan of sweetened sweet potatoes, but mashed sweet potatoes with browned butter and sage is sublime! (This post was originally published on October 17th, 2013. As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.)

I love rice and potatoes as side dishes too, but there is something about the combination of  the sweet potatoes, browned butter and sage, that adds a nice touch of autumn to just about any dish. If you love browned butter and sage, try this Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter, Sage and Walnuts as a delicious and easy vegetarian main dish for Thanksgiving.

Browned Butter or Clarified Butter?

For this dish, you’ll want the nutty taste of browned butter rather than just topping it with a pat of butter or clarified butter. The difference between browned butter and clarified butter is that the milk solids don’t need to be skimmed off. Check out this post on how to clarify butter. The key to perfectly browned butter, is to heat it over a medium heat, just to the point of golden brown. No more, no less. A bit in one direction or the other and your butter will be melted or burnt, not nutty and flavorful. Keep your eye on it. It won’t take long though, just a few minutes. Bruising the sage brings out the flavor even more. Love sage? Try this butternut squash ravioli with sage.

Nutritional value of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes and regular potatoes have the same number of carbohydrates, but sweet potatoes boast more fiber and are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes. They also contain vitamins and minerals as well as a potassium.

More fall side dishes

Here are a few more side dishes that are perfect for autumn. Harvest casserole is a colorful blend of three vegetables tossed in herbs, butter and garlic.

squash casserole.

Golden rice pilaf is nice accompaniment to chicken or pork.

Golden rice pilaf in white bowl.
Don’t limit cornbread stuffing to Thanksgiving, it goes well with any poultry dish.

cornbread stuffing.

Browned butter mashed sweet potatoes with sage is an easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe, but it's delicious to eat any time of the year. |

Browned Butter Sweet Potatoes with Sage

5 from 44 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 158 kcal


  • 3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes about 4 medium
  • 6-7 large sage leaves cut chiffonade
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste.


  • Clean and cook the sweet potatoes until flesh is tender. Either prick and bake or microwave. About 40 minutes if baking, about 5-7 minutes if microwaving, depending on the size and number of sweet potatoes.
  • Peel and reserve flesh. (I save the peels for my dog)
  • In the bowl of a mixer, fitted with a paddle, beat the sweet potatoes for 1 or 2 minutes, until almost smooth.
  • In a saucepan over a medium heat, melt butter and sage together, watching carefully until it begins to turn golden brown. Just as it turns nutty brown and fragrant, remove from the heat and add to the mashed sweet potato.
  • Blend sweet potato mash and browned butter and sage until mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serves 6, 1/2 cup each.


Serving: 1gCalories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 9784IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Perfect for Thanksgiving (or anytime really!) YUM! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

  2. As a Brit, you know I don’t get the sweetened sweet stuff, especially when there’s MARSHMALLOWS on a savory side dish! That just kind of blows our minds, but this is much more palatable to me, even though I’m not a sweet potato fan. Maybe I’ll just be late to the party, too! 😉

  3. I like this recipe – sweet potatoes have such a strong flavor already, it doesn’t need much so how can you go wrong with delicious browned butter and sage – classic autumn/holiday flavors. 🙂

  4. Right there with you on the dislike of the sweetened sweet potato dishes, and that totally deterred me from trying sweet potato recipes for such a long time! Love them now though and love this : ) Sage is the best!

  5. 5 stars
    I grew up on marshmallow covered sweet potatoes. But as I’ve gotten older, I find myself seeking out savory versions of childhood favs (I.e. savory oatmeal is to die for). As a result I tried these potatoes. I’m now a fan. Love the nuttiness of the brown butter, the delicate herb of sage and the natural sweetness of the sweet potato. I topped mine with a bit of coarse sea salt just to further reduce the sweetness on the tongue.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving, today. Everyone enjoyed it, even my 5 year old grandson! It’s now part of the family tradition.

  7. 5 stars
    I enjoy sweet potato and must try this recipe… it will be a welcome change from my normal baked sweet potato dish. Browned butter and sage should make a big difference to the taste!

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