When it comes to planning our Thanksgiving feast, or any holiday meal for that matter, I’ll be the first to admit I can get a little carried away. I mean, Pinterest. Need I say more?
With our little one due to arrive any minute now, this Thanksgiving already feels more special than ever. While the party planner in me wants to go all out creating eye-catching centerpieces, and specialty cocktails for our friends and family, deep down I know the hubs and I will have our hands full––with dirty diapers, burp cloths and of course, the baby. From what I’ve been told, I’ll be lucky if I can manage to take a shower and put a little bit of makeup on before the turkey is served.
Since our friends and family will likely end up doing the majority of the cooking and party prep this year, I’m trying to dial this back and keep things on the simple side this year.
Speaking of simple side…
Let us have a moment for this delicious Spiced Sweetpotato Cauliflower Mash, a lighter yet satisfyingly sweet alternative to the classic, marshmallow-covered sweetpotato casserole. Like it’s casserole cousin, this mash is packed with healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium and Vitamin A but takes less time and absolutely zero room in the oven. It also contains a lot less sugar which basically means you’re entitled to eat more dessert.
Now, when the time comes to pick your potatoes, I highly recommend either the Jewell (the all-familiar orange-skinned one) or the reddish-skinned Garnet. Both are super sweet by nature but the Garnet might be my personal favorite for this dish. The deep orange flesh of the Garnet makes one beautiful mash, doesn’t it?
You know, we have it pretty good here in California. Besides having some of the most beautiful coastline in the country and wineries galore, our generous sunshine and warm, dry climate provide the perfect growing conditions for sweetpotoates. California sweetpotatoes are unique in that they’re grown in the fertile sand (rather than dirt) of the San Joaquin Valley, and are cured in the ground before harvest rather than being picked first and then cured in sheds. Their beautiful shapes and skin texture are made possible by hand-planting, selecting, sorting, sizing and packing.
If you’re looking for a lighter sweetpotato side that’s both delicious and simple, this absolutely deserves a spot on your Thanksgiving table this year. I mean, with color like that there’s no chance this beautiful side dish will be overlooked.
INGREDIENTS 3 pounds California Sweetpotatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” chunks (about 3 large) DIRECTIONS Fill a large pot with 1-2 inches of water. Using a steam basket or large colander, steam potato and cauliflower until very soft, about 15 to 20 minutes, tossing occasionally. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl, or stand mixer if you have one. Add remaining ingredients: milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt. Blend everything together using a hand (or stand) mixer until desired consistency is reached. If the mash is too thick, add more milk as needed. Garnish with chives, additional cinnamon and/or brown sugar if desired.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
1 1/2 pounds cauliflower florets (from 1 large head)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh chives, chopped (optional)
3 pounds California Sweetpotatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” chunks (about 3 large)
Fill a large pot with 1-2 inches of water. Using a steam basket or large colander, steam potato and cauliflower until very soft, about 15 to 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Transfer vegetables to a large bowl, or stand mixer if you have one. Add remaining ingredients: milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt. Blend everything together using a hand (or stand) mixer until desired consistency is reached. If the mash is too thick, add more milk as needed. Garnish with chives, additional cinnamon and/or brown sugar if desired.
A special thanks to my friends at California Sweetpotatoes for sponsoring this delicious recipe, and to you lovely readers for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special dishes like this for the blog. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed on According to Elle are my own.
I love this delicious looking mash. Will try in my weekend for sure !!!
Love this Spiced Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash, this one seems super delicious and amazing . Will love to try this one . Thanks for sharing this one with us.
Thanks for sharing Ingredients and instructions for this spiced Sweet Potato Cauliflower mash ,will love to try this one.
Aren’t the sweet potatoes sweet enough without sugar I’m on a ww diet and try avoiding sugar
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This looks so so good! I am adding this recipe to my list of dishes to make. Thank you for sharing.
Yummers, what a nutrient packed mash. Wishing you the best with your imminent arrival! xx
The best choice for a vegeterian!My best friend will love it!In my Country we say ”with one pain” I wish you all the best for your baby!
Recipe sounds and looks fabulous….kinda makes you want to get a spoon or
fork and have a taste. Great photography too !!!!! The dish looks very appetizing. Hope your Little Sprout is getting ready to make its debut…
and soon !!!!!
This will be on my recipe list for next week!
Sweetpotato as one word? I like it. And I like this dish! Hope all is well, Elle!! Thanks for sharing this one. :) I hope you have a little baby in your arms soon!
This looks delicious! I know my family will still be serving its casserole cousin this year, but I’ll definitely be trying this on my own later.