Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes | A Couple Cooks

Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes | A Couple Cooks

Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes | A Couple Cooks

Potatoes may have gotten a bad rap over the years, but good news: they’re actually good for you. And sweet potatoes are some of the healthiest foods of all time. But of course, it all depends on the preparation: if they’re slathered in cream and butter, those health benefits don’t have quite the same shine.

Our philosophy on Thanksgiving is simple: it’s a day of feasting and meant to be enjoyed. But what if the food could be just as satisfying and wholesome and nutritious? So many Americans complain about feeling overstuffed from the last Thursday in November to the New Year, and then resort to fad diets as the cure. What if our holiday eating was full of whole, nutritious foods so delicious we didn’t miss the calories, but so healthy we left the holidays feeling energized?

We tackle this challenge each Thanksgiving, where we create a whole foods menu that’s healthy but deliciously satisfying. Here, we’ve created a healthy Thanksgiving side dish that’s a take on the traditional white mashed potatoes. We’ve added sweet potatoes to the mix, full of potassium and nutrients. Instead of removing the potato skins, they’re left on for extra fiber (and less work in the kitchen). The recipe has only 1 tablespoon butter and 1/2 cup milk for at least 8 servings, but the potatoes come out creamy and flavorful. Garlic steeps in the milk before adding it to the potatoes, and some chopped chives add a little flair.

Try serving these spuds at your Thanksgiving meal and see if anyone misses the white fluff.  (OK, we concede that some particular people might. But just saying.)

Other notes:

  • This recipe was born out of a recipe fail – a sweet potato shepherd’s pie that used a similar potato mixture for the top. It’s always encouraging when failure can result in success! (Isn’t that how breakfast cereal was invented?)
  • The Yukon gold potatoes in this recipe help the sweet potatoes stay together; mashed sweet potatoes alone have a wet, gooey texture. As curious as you might be, take it from us: we know from another recipe fail.
  • Goat cheese crumbles on some leftover potatoes were fabulous; a good embellishment if you’re looking for one.
  • We’re taking a poll: do you prefer your potatoes dramatic (the first and second photos), or subdued (third photo)?

Thanksgiving 2014
Pomegranate Cider Spritzer
Stuffed Delicata Squash with Wild Rice, Brown Butter and Sage
Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Pecans
Massaged Kale Salad with Apple and Pomegranate
Poached Pears with Pecan Granola and Whipped Cream

Check out our Thanksgiving Pinboard for more ideas. And don’t forget our *new gift shop* for Thanksgiving cooking tools and holiday gift ideas! 


Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 8


  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1½ pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a small saucepan, place 6 cloves garlic and 1/2 cup milk; heat over low heat while the potatoes cook, stirring, occasionally (do not allow to boil).
  2. Wash and dice the potatoes (do not peel). Place the Yukon gold potatoes in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of water; add a generous amount of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then add the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes. Boil 10 to 15 minutes more until both types of potatoes are tender. Drain and let steam dry.
  3. Chop 2 tablespoons chives.
  4. Remove the garlic cloves from the milk and discard the garlic. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl for a hand mixer), add the potatoes, garlic-infused milk, 1 tablespoon butter, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, chopped chives, and fresh ground black pepper. Mix on medium low with a stand mixer or hand mixer until the desired consistency; is reached (we prefer ours slightly chunky); do not over-whip. (Alternatively, mash the potatoes by hand). Serve immediately.


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  • Reply
    November 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Yum! I love sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Becky | The Cookie Rookie
    November 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

    SUCH beautiful shots! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I’ve never said no to potatoes! I just try to add a little less butter than my Grandma does, lol. These sweet potatoes look lovely!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I like your commitment to bringing classical upgrades to the holiday table that satisfy and energize. What better goal could we have, really?! These photos are gorgeous, love seeing the steam rising up in that second one.

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Potatoes are my absolute favorite so whenever someone tries to tell me bad things about them I just don’t even hear it!

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    November 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Yummy! An all time favorite!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Dramatic potatoes for the win! :) I love the sounds of this recipe and in my opinon, sweet potatoes > regular potatoes any day! We’ve already had our Thanksgiving here in Canada but there’s no way I’m waiting until next year for these. They’ll be happening very soon!

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    November 13, 2014 at 5:32 am

    This looks amazing!

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    November 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I have to try out how to make this one. My first attempt to make sweet potato mash failed so badly. Since then I never gave it another chance… it might be time. :)

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    November 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I love the first photo, the action shot. But then I pinned the recipe, and I chose the non-action shot (the one with the chives, but without the hand). Turns out that while I love the composition of the first photo, apparently I think extra hands are distracting on my Pinterest boards. Go figure :)

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