Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 6 large)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Scrub the potatoes, prick them several times with a knife or fork, and bake them for 1 hour or until very soft when pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and scoop out the insides as soon as they are cool enough to handle. Place the sweet potato meat into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and add the orange juice, cream, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix together until combined but not smooth and transfer to a baking dish.

Bake the potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes, until heated through.


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Used this recipe last year and will again this year -- special request by the family! XD item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very nice and simple. I will be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty, but allow at least hour and a half if you're going to bake the potatoes, uncut into smaller pieces. I also added extra butter, juice and cream- about 1/4 cup of each more and topped with with marshmallows ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! Always a crowd pleaser. Sometimes I reduce the cream and spices based on how I'm feeling but the combination is stellar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only added half the cream and butter, plus salt and pepper and the sweet potatoes were amazing! Best thing about christmas supper. My potatoes were really large so they were in the oven over an hour. Can't wait to make them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
An Ina Classic.....Elegant, Awesome and Easy. A tradition in our home for most holidays. We were not crazy about the stronger orange over tones, so we reduced the O J by half and added in more cream. ( just enough to replace the OJ we took out, to keep consistency the same. With that change, this recipe is 5 star all the way. A great make ahead . Can make this a few days ahead. ..Just cover w/ foil, let sit out for 30 --40 minutes, then warm up in the oven..Make 2 of theses if your doing a holiday dinner. Most people want to take home some leftovers. REDUCE THE SALT to a scant 1 teaspoon as well item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am making these for the third year in a row. I would never touch sweet potatoes until I had these. The BEST! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ABSOLUTELY - THE - BEST sweet potato recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been serving this since Ina first broadcast this on her show back in '01! The recipe makes a ton - but it's always gone! One time I made extra, just so I could make little potato pancakes....OMG! I now serve those as appetizers at holiday cocktail parties! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best sweet potato casserole recipe. I make it every year for Thanksgiving. Even my sister who does not like sweet potatoes, liked this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy recipe and extremely delicious. I left out the orange juice because I don't like the flavor of oranges. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract, which I think worked well with Ina's recipe. The downside of this recipe is the amount of time it takes to bake the potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm so impressed with this recipe. Spices are just right. I added marshmallows to the top as my family likes,but I would use them more sparingly next time as this recipe needs no help. Best sweet potatoes ever!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous and easy, the absolute best sweet potato recipe I have ever tasted, must be in the baking as last reviewer wrote. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've only made mashed sweet potatoes a couple of times in the past, and they've turned out okay. Ina's recipe is great! The most important difference was baking the sweet potatoes. Most recipes I've seen say to boil them. Baking them retains such a gorgeous color! Getting the skins off them was super easy too. I love the touch of orange juice in the recipe. I am the only one in my house who likes sweet potatoes, so I only baked one, and cut the recipe to about 1/4 or so. My proprtions might have been a little off. But it was super tasty. It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe should be renamed HOW INA GARTEN STOLE THANKSGIVING. I tried this recipe this past Thanksgiving and it tasted just like ORANGE JUICE with texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried Ina's recipe for the first time this Thanksgiving and worked with around 5# of potatoes. I up adjusted some of the ingredients to allow for the additional pound of potatoes and the end dish turned out pretty well. I would add a word of caution on the 2 teaspoons of salt. Even with the additional pound of potatoes, the dish was noticeably salty. I would suggest starting with 1 teaspoon and adding additional salt to taste. I also made a topping mixture of graham crackers, brown sugar and pecans which I process in my food processor and sprinkled over the top. If it weren't for the salt factor I would have given this recipe 5-stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did watch the video and altered the recipe to 2 tablespoons butter and omitted the salt and pepper. The result I got was a little thinner than I like and the color was drab. I should have bought yams that are brighter orange. The flavor was okay but not the WOW from all the great reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making my mom's sweet potato casserole for years now. Needed to 'shake things up' this year! I just made it today for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Made it exactly how it's written. The ingredients from this to my mom's is not too different EXCEPT the OJ - wow! The OJ made a difference! Because my husband is a marshmallow freak, I'm going to add them on top tomorrow. Something else from my mom's recipe that you might want to try is adding chopped pecans with the marshmallow toping. We are from New Orleans, so pecans are on the menu! Try this recipe THIS year. It will become your NEW sweet potato casserole! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good not be more perfect. I also added some of the orange zest and streusel trooping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I've been preparing it for Thanksgiving every year since I first saw Ina make it. It has such a wonderful mix of flavors, especially the OJ and the hint of nutmeg. And the best part of all is I make it the day before so I just pop it in the oven on Thanksgiving. It's hands down better than the stuff with the marshmallows my Mother used to make. Sorry Mom! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is different than the video. She says to add 2 tbsp butter and never mentions adding salt and pepper. Which one is correct?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband and he loved it. It was so easy to do. It's a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
I volunteered to take the sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving Day dinner and I am so glad I did! Everyone raved about how great they were. I did cut the potatoes in quarters so the cooking would go faster (I was short on time), and I switched the cinnamon and nutmeg amounts because nutmeg has such a strong taste. I used fresh oranges for the juice to give it a stronger flavor and added just a bit of the zest for an extra kick! The rest was just as the recipe called for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and super easy to make. Family just loved it. I added mini marshmallows on top (for my son-in-law) but for my taste buds that made it overly sweet. If I do that again I'd leave out the sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ina, I was asked to bring the sweet potatoes for the Thanksgiving feast. So your five star recipe cought my eye. They begged to find out what was in it! Everyone at the table made comments on it trying to figure out what was in it and saying they liked it!!! Even our pregnant neice loved it!! Then she delivered her baby 6 weeks early the very next day!!! Mother, father and baby are doing well. The baby boy was 5lbs. and 18 inches! Your smashed sweet potatoes were one of the last things he had before he was born! Thank you Ina! That really was spectacular! Lisa H. Troutdale,Oregon item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving this year for a total of 10 people and everyone raved about it. I read all of the reviews and the only thing I did different was less nutmeg and more cinnamon. This recipe will be a keeper for years to come. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a big hit with my family. Lots of flavor without being too sweet. I liked the ease of the prep and that I could assemble it the night before and bake it on the day. I made it in a deep casserole dish with marshmallows on top since some in our family wouldn't touch it with out the marshmallows. If, like me, you don't like them, you could easily scoop down and just have the potatoes. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to try something different this year with sweet potatoes. I usually do not mash them, but drench them in butter, brown sugar, marshmallows, cinnamon...very delicious...but I was in the mood for something else. This recipe is really good! Very easy to put together. I prepped it the day before, and baked it the next day. A good recipe that I will make again!! I especially loved roasting the potatoes in the oven, and then peeling them. Much less hassle than boiling them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The proportions of the flavors that spice this dish are perfect - these were a huge hit at our Thanksgiving lunch. I doubled the recipe with no problem, lowered the oven temperature and added about a half-hour to the baking time. Great, delicious dish - exactly what I've come to expect from Ina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for the first time for the Thanksgiving Dinner - everyone loved it. I boiled the potatoes (cut-up), instead of baking them, since a few reviewers mentioned that the cooking time took longer than the recipe stated. Also, decrease the amount of oragne juice a bit, and toped the potatoes according to the Ina's recipe in the book with sauted apples. What a dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe worked great, and everyone loved it! Most heavenly!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Thanksgiving, with a few adjustments. I used only about 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg and added about 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind. I made the mistake of getting carried away with the electric mixer and got the potatoes too smooth. Next time I'll hand mash them to guarantee some texture. I put this together early and baked at last minute. Very yummy and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for Thanksgiving today instead of the usual pecan strussel-topped sweet potatoes I usually make. They were a nice change. The spices and the orange juice made this taste winter holidayish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the nutmeg. I did not include the nutmeg and I thought the dish came out perfect! The flavors were beautiful. My husband is not a fan of sweet potatoes but he had 2 helpings of this! This will be my new go to sweet potato recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Reviewing the video of this recipe, the Barefoot Contessa did not add salt. 2 teaspoons of salt sounds like too much. I am going to use 1 teaspoon and then taste. I am excited to try it today! Happy Thanksgiving Food Network and all readers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just tried this recipe and while it does not taste horrible it is a little weird. I'm not sure if it was the orange juice or one of the other spices but the result was definitely disappointing. The sweet potatoes would have tasted MUCH better plain. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe sounds YUMMY..... i'm excited to make this for Thanksgiving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
no reason you couldn't bring this to room temp and then bake it right? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am 26 years old and have been cooking most of my life so I am no stranger to cooking wonderful homecooked meals. This will be my first year making sweet potato's and looking at this recipe I already have wonderful ideas to make it better. I am going to add chopped pecans before placing the sweet potato mixture in the baking dish and top with Marshmallows and a dark rum butter cream sauce during the last 10 mins of cooking time. I am excited to see how it will turn out! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a weeknight dinner for 2. I halved the recipe and switched the nutmeg and cinnamon measurements (there should always be more cinnamon than nutmeg). It turned out fantastic, the OJ made it feel lighter and brought out the spices. This will definitely become my go-to sweet potato recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for thanksgiving and all the kids and hubby who doesn't like sweet potatoes, really loved it. The test of success: no leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A big hit overall with my family, but was a bit heavy on the nutmeg. Will definitely do this again many times over, just reducing the nutmeg, although I did use dried nutmeg versus freshly grated. Was spectacular with a nicely-herbed, roasted pork loin. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all the comments on this page so I microwaved the potatoes in their skins for 20 minutes and they just slid right outta their skins when done - EASY. I then followed the recipe exactly (except a little extra cinnamon) and they were the best ever. I will never go back to syrup and marshmellows again. These actually tased like a healthy vegetable that you would like to eat all day and didn't make you feel like your teeth would rot out. I took this to a neighbors house for Christmas Eve and came home empty handed, everybody had at least 2 helpings. The orange juice made this a recipe to remember. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I realized that I forgot to add the butter to the mix once I but them in to finish baking, but they were perfect and sweet when we took them out... and a bit healthier minus the butter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I made a test batch for some friends and I got rave reviews. I will be bringing this to a potluck next week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You truly have a gift for flavoring dishes so they'll be memorable. This recipe I plan to hand down to my children. I can still taste the gentle hint of oranges. Thank you Ina for helping to make our Thanksgiving meal memorable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for thanksgiving, however baking the sweet potatoes took much longer, more like 45 min. Ended up boiling my second half in cubes (skin on) and then the peel falls right off. Topped half with pecans and half with marshmallows for the traditionalists. Many rave reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I made it the day before which really helped with time on Thanksgiving day. I took it out about an hour early and then cooked it and it took about 25 minutes. The sweet potatoes did take about 1.5 hours to cook but I had huge potatoes. Would half this recipe for just a family dinner it was so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe but made then the day before Thanksgiving except to bake them. I took them out to come to room temperature and then baked them for 30 minutes. Everyone enjoyed them a big hit and sooo easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Thanksgiving....agree with previous review, sweet potatoes took longer to cook. However, I added a little maple syrup and used pumpkin pie spice (I figured I paid $5 for might as well use it) and extra cinnamon. Instead of using heavy cream, I used 2% lactose free milk and Smart Balance (family diet restrictions). At first I thought the orange juice overpowered the sweet potatoes. I put them in a crock pot, on low for four hours...my goodness, by dinner time the orange juice blended nicely. Was a family hit!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for Thanksgiving this year and it was BAD. Cooking time is a lot longer than instructed. I didn't taste the OJ at all...maybe because the nutmeg and cinnamon were too overpowering. It was our second attempt at making sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and we've decided not to have sweet potatoes next year...That's how bad it was. 12 lbs of sweet potatoes in the trash. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am quite impressed. It was a hit! I am not a fan of the show, but this recipe was excellent. Very easy. The sweet potatoes need a bit more time in the oven, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful! Easy AND delicious. I followed it mostly by the book, had no cream so just added a dash of milk instead. I will definitely make this all year :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these sweet potatoes for my family who hate to try anything new and they LOVED them. I got many compliments! I will definitely make again as they are super easy to whip up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for a dinner party and it was so tasty. It was a huge hit, even with people that don't normally eat sweet potatoes. The orange juice adds a nice sweetness and citrus element. I cut the nutmeg to a half teaspoon, just personal preference, and thought it was perfect. Side dishes don't get much easier and tasty than this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never would have thought to pair OJ with sweet potatoes but it really works well. I tried this recipe and enjoyed it. It will definately become a part of my arsenal from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for Christmas dinner and it was a hit with my guest. I wanted to try something different than the candied sweet potatoes dripping in sugar. I did make a few alterations. Given my father is diabetic, I substituted, 2 tbsp of Splenda brown sugar for the 1/4 cup of regular brown sugar this recipe calls for. I also added half of the salt and pepper that the recipe called for. But the orange juice gives this recipe a nice flavor that really brings out the sweet potatoes. The heavy cream gives them the creamy texture. Make sure you bake them because the potatoes start to carmelize and give the dish extra flavor. I will make this again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a sweet potato fan, but this recipe was outstanding. I did not smash the potatoes. I baked them, chopped them and coated them with the cream mixture, which was warmed in the microwave to melt the butter, and then baked them again. I will use this recipe everytime I make sweet potatoes from now on. Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. We enjoy this dish year round. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so not your typical sweet potato recipe which is what makes this one so unique and a keeper. Definitely a "MUST-TRY." Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight, on the eve of Thanksgiving and I was thrilled with the results! I only put in half a real orange as I didn't want to drwon out the sweet potato flavor. This is awesome! It has a mild flavor yet totally delights the taste buds! I also made the Spinach Graten withcompliments the flavors in the Sweet Potatoes. This is a "must have" at every T-day and Christmas dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was such a big Thanksgiving hit. Everyone loved it. I added the apples on top which are part of her recipe in the "Party" book. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious- would recommend cutting oj in half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After trying this recipe I have no desire to make sweet potatoes any other way, except occasionally baking them. This recipe is extremely easy and very, very good. I'm requested to bring this to dinners all the time, and it has become by husband's and my relatives' favorite sweet potato dish. You'll never go back to making that awful sweet potato dish covered with marshmallows. You won't be sorry you tried this! Thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner '06. I had read a previous review that said adjust the oj accordingly because there might be an overwhelming orange flavor .I took the advice and did. and I think they came out great. Had that hint of freshness from the oj but not too much. I'd say measure out what the recipe calls for but slowly add the oj and keep tasting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
NADE THIS ONE TWICE AND EACH TIME HAD GOTTEN RAVES FOR IT. IT IS JUST SWEET ENOUGH AND SO EASY TO EAT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The nutmeg really makes this dish, and the orange juice adds some unusual flavor. This was extremely easy and was a hit at Christmas dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas dinner. I received a lot of compliments. However, I personally thought it was a little too mushy. I would probably add fewer liquids next time. But, the flavor is out of this world. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We followed the recipe exactly and the orange juice really seemed to give it a sour bitter taste. I love sweet potatoes but just not these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved the orange and nutmeg flavors. I think the key is to have good sweet potatoes and fresh nutmeg-- we then used probably only a quarter of the butter and less cream too, and the flavor was fantastic. We hand mashed everything for a chunkier texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was on my Thanksgiving menu along with the Spinach Gratin. There was nothing left for the kids to take home. They ate every last bite. The recipe is fast, easy, and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fast (I peeled and boiled the potatoes vs baked), really easy with basic ingredients and best of all...YUMMY!! I also added a pinch of cayenne pepper because the husband likes everything spicy. I will definitely be making these over and over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I liked the orange flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was good but i didnt add as much pepper and i couldve done without the orange juice tooo strong on the top i added marshmallow fluff it was almost like a meringue it was good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried several recipes for sweet potatoes and still haven't found one that I love. I guess I'll keep looking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a pre-Christmas dinner. It's so easy and delicious! Instead of all of the OJ, I cut a fresh orange in half and used the juice of 1/2. I also used an old fashioned hand potato masher instead of the auto mixer. It's a great alternative to most sweet potato dishes I've had during the holidays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I added some maple syrup to mine as well. Also, after I baked them, I sprinkled some brown sugar on top and broiled it to melt, creating a brulee-type top. It was excellent, I will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think that Ina used yams, because mine weren't orange like hers. But we loved them and will make them again! And this from my husband who doesn't usually like potatoes - guess the sugar doesn't hurt! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was very easy to follow and had excellent ingredients. However, I felt that the orange juice really overpowered the other flavors. Next time I'll leave out the OJ. Again, it is a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were the best version of mashed sweet potatoes ever. Flavorful and a definite addition to a holiday meal...or any meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yams are really a sweet potato! A real yam is from Africa and generally is rarely sold in US. It was all about marketing many years ago. I have been making a very similar recipe for over 50 years. I always use the Garnet or 2nd choice Jewel "Yam". Baking is much better than boiling. Line your pan! I like Ina's suggestion of cream. Watch the salt. I use pineapple juice instead of orange and marshmallows instead of apple, a childhood thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sure! That is how I do this dish ALL the time. That way I can make it the day before. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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