Sweet Potato Mash

There's a lot of sweetness coming from the potato, but I balance it with the floral notes of rosemary and a but of a chilli and garlic kick.

I know I got the inspiration for this recipe from somewhere, but to be honest I've been making it for so long that I can't remember where!


  • 1.3kg (3lb) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium red chillies, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. Boil a large pan of water and salt it well. Now tip in the prepared sweet potatoes and boil until a sharp knife inserts easily into the pieces - mine took 10 minutes. They need to be soft enough to mash. Turn off the heat and leave the potatoes sitting in the hot water until you have completed step 2.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, add the olive oil to a small pan and heat gently. When the oil is getting hot, add the garlic, chillies and the rosemary and stir well. It's REALLY IMPORTANT that you don't walk away from the pan here as this will burn very quickly. Keep stirring over the heat until the garlic is golden and then take it off the heat.
  3. Quickly drain the potatoes and return them to the pan. Tip everything (including the oil) into the drained sweet potatoes and mash well. Check for seasoning and serve.

Keywords: cosy, prepare ahead, winter, autumn