Easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

An easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is a new twist on crash hot potatoes. Boiled, baked and sprinkled with brown sugar and fresh cracked salt, these smashed potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. It’s a healthy side dish that pairs perfectly with any dinner or holiday meal.

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The Pioneer Woman hooked me on Crash Hot Potatoes a couple years ago. But in all honesty, it was really my friend Rhia. She introduced me to those crazy delicious crispy bites of heaven. Often, I’m craving sweet potatoes and feel a little less guilty eating them because they are high in fiber. I mixed my homemade sweet potato fries “recipe” with the crash hot potato concept and the result was nothing short of amazing. Isla couldn’t get enough!

It also serves as a perfect side dish for the holiday season or your any weeknight dinner. These smashed sweet potatoes are simply divine!

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Do I Need To Boil Sweet Potatoes Before Roasting?

For this smashed sweet potato recipe, yes! Boiling the potatoes prior to roasted par-cooks the potato, meaning they will roast in less time. It also makes them ultra creamy in the center.

The time it takes the sweet potatoes to boil will depend on the size. For a medium-sized potato, it should take 23-25 minutes. When you can insert a knife easily through the center, you know the potatoes are ready!

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Savory Smashed Sweet Potato Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes – Try to find medium size sweet potatoes that are all around the same size, as this will ensure the sweet potatoes cook through evenly. Since the skins are left on, wash and scrub your sweet potatoes when you get home from the store. A lot of dirt can be kept on the outer layer. We eat them skin and all because not only is it crispy and delicious, but it’s packed full of nutrients.
  • Olive Oil – The olive oil brings flavor, but also helps the smashed sweet potatoes bake to a crispier texture. My favorite brand is California Olive Oil.
  • Brown Sugar – Light or dark brown sugar both work interchangably. The brown sugar helps to promote caramelization, which gives you that crunchy, sweet exterior.
  • Cracked Salt – Freshly cracked sea salt from a mill creates larger salt flakes, which melt beautifully into the nooks and crannies. It’s that extra special touch that make these crash hot potatoes divine.

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How To Make The Sweet Crash Hot Recipe

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cleaned sweet potatoes, with skin. Boil 23-25 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Cut potatoes in half and place on a cooking sheet. SMASH em! Not flat, we’re not angry at the potatoes.
  4. Drizzle smashed sweet potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle them with brown sugar and cracked salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

How To Mash Without a Masher

If you don’t have a potato masher in your pantry, simply use a large serving fork to get the same impression marks. The small divets give you the best of both worlds – crispy on the outside and creamy sweet potatoes in the center.

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Smashed Sweet Potatoes

An easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is a new twist on crash hot potatoes. Sprinkled with brown sugar, it's a healthy side dish for any dinner.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 4
Calories: 196kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cracked salt

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cleaned sweet potatoes, with skin. Boil 23-25 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Cut potatoes in half and place on a baking sheet. Slightly smash them.
  • Drizzle potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle them with brown sugar and cracked salt.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

Notes

Smash with a potato masher or large serving fork for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.04g | Protein: 2.05g | Fat: 7.07g | Saturated Fat: 0.99g | Sodium: 654.69mg | Potassium: 438.1mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 11.25g | Vitamin A: 18443.1IU | Vitamin C: 3.12mg | Calcium: 43.98mg | Iron: 0.79mg
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