Like nearly every American sitting down to enjoy a fine Thanksgiving dinner, mashed potatoes are one of my favorite parts of the meal. I love the creamy texture, the pool of gravy nestled in its midst and the tradition of thinking this very well could have been a recipe the Pilgrims actually prepared on one of those first turkey days.

Sweet potatoes are also a T-day day staple, but most recipes drape canned yams with gooey marshmallows, resulting in a dish that’s usually left standing alone on the buffet line.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more adventurous in my Thanksgiving cravings, something with a little more pizzazz to spice up my turkey dinner. This recipe combines the fluffy texture I love in my mashed potatoes but tosses in a bit of sweet heat that complements roast turkey perfectly.

Try it with roast pork or chicken all year round, it makes a great alternative to noodles or rice too.

Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Makes 8-10 servings


4 to 4 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup whipping cream
6 tablespoons butter
1 canned chipotle pepper plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
4 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
2 teaspoons salt
zest of one orange


Peel and quarter sweet potatoes and place in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and cooked through.

Meanwhile in a small saucepan, bring cream, butter and chipotle plus adobo sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain potatoes and mix with a hand-held mixer for 1 minute. Add cream mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, salt and pepper and orange zest. Mix until well-combined and creamy. Add more syrup if needed.

Serve with drizzle of remaining syrup if desired.

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  1. Vicki Handel said:

    Only use Butter maple syrup. Don’t become confused and use extract with the maple or vanilla ! It does make a difference. Just like using REAL butter makes a difference. The taste is much richer and has a silky feel to the tongue. This equals a better feel and taste as an end result !

  2. Alice said:

    This sounds so good and my husband loves all things chipotle. Thanks