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Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

With brown butter, garlic, maple syrup, bacon and fresh sage, these mashed sweet potatoes made in a slow cooker are a perfect side for the holidays.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 365kcal
Author Ryan Beck

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2" chunks
  • ½ lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (¾ cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Add chopped sweet potatoes to slow cooker and cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
  • With 30 minutes left, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5-6 minutes. Drain the excess fat and transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate.
  • Melt butter in same skillet and cook until starting to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and sage and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Using potato masher, mash sweet potatoes until desired consistency. Stir in browned butter, maple syrup, salt, pepper and bacon. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • You know the sweet potatoes are done when you can easily stick a fork or knife through the center of the potatoes.
  • If you don't want to use a pan, you can place bacon on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  • You will know the brown butter is ready when there is a nutty aroma and there are lightly browned specks on the bottom of the pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 27150IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.6mg