Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Smashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple side dish with the flavors of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. Naturally gluten free!

smashed sweet potatoes for two

In my effort to make more side dishes for dinner, I tried this recipe for Smashed Sweet Potatoes by Ina Garten. These were delicious! They have a prominent orange flavor from the orange juice, which I didn’t mind, but I think any light colored juice would work – like apple or even pineapple. I scaled the recipe down for two, but the original make much more, so it’s an easy recipe to adapt for as many people as needed. These sweet potatoes go great with turkey meatloaf muffins or Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf Muffins with Cranberry Glaze!

Gluten Free Sweet Potatoes

These potatoes are naturally gluten free!

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smashed sweet potatoes for two

Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Smashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple side dish with the flavors of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk
  • 2 teaspoon unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • kosher salt (to taste, approximately 1/3 teaspoon)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste, approximately 1/6 teaspoon)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Scrub potato and poke several times with a knife or fork. If desired, place on a plate in the microwave for about 5 – 10 minutes to get a head start on the cooking process.
  • Bake sweet potato in oven for about 1 hour (if you pre-cooked in the microwave, this may be as little as 30 minutes), or until very soft when pierced with a knife.
  • When sweet potato is cool enough to handle, carefully cut the skin and peel it off, scraping the insides into a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a stand fitted with a paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer or potato masher), combine the cooked sweet potato with the orange juice, cream or milk, butter, brown sugar, spices, and salt/pepper. Mix to desired consistency.
  • Transfer potatoes to a small baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until heated through.


Source: Adapted from Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword gluten free, potatoes, side dish, vegetarian

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