Sweet Potato Mash with Mint

Sweet potatoes cooked and mashed with onions, mint, cilantro, garlic, and olive oil. Puerto Rican boniato recipe.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds light yellow sweet potatoes (boniato if you can get them), peeled, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup (or more) water
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves, packed, (about 30-40 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, packed
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

1 Roast the sweet potatoes: Rub olive oil all over the sweet potato pieces, sprinkle lightly with salt, and put them in a roasting pan, cook at 425°F for 40 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned and a fork easily pierces through the pieces.

2 Mash the sweet potatoes, add water: Place cooked sweet potato pieces in a large bowl, add olive oil, mash with a potato masher until completely mashed. Slowly add water, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sweet potatoes reach desired consistency.

3 Stir in the onions, garlic, mint, and cilantro. Stir in vanilla extract. Add more salt, and maybe a little sugar if you want, to taste.