Fluffy Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Elevate your Thanksgiving feast with a surprising twist on sweet potatoes that will steal the spotlight at your holiday table. These Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delightful departure from the traditional, bringing together the nutty richness of brown butter, the umami depth of miso paste, and just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. This recipe serves 8 and takes only 45 minutes from start to finish, making it a quick and tantalizing addition to your Thanksgiving spread.

Prep time : 15 minutes

Cook time : 30 minutes

Makes : 8 cups

Serves : 8

Ingredients for Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

  • 4 pounds of sweet potatoes (approximately 5-6 medium-sized or 4 large)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of miso paste (white miso preferred)
  • 1 cup of half-and-half (or 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup whole milk)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt, divided (plus extra to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Begin by setting 1 cup of half-and-half on the counter to reach room temperature while you work on the sweet potatoes.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes, then cut them into 2-inch chunks and place them in a Dutch oven or a large pot. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of kosher salt over the sweet potatoes and add enough cool water to cover them by about an inch. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook the sweet potatoes until they are very tender, usually taking about 20 to 25 minutes. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, you can prepare the delectable brown butter.
  3. Take the unsalted butter and cut it into 4 pieces, placing them in a medium-sized saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat, and continue cooking it while occasionally swirling the pan and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. This process will take about 2 to 4 minutes, resulting in the butter turning into a toasty-brown color with a delightful nutty aroma.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly, but carefully, add the room-temperature half-and-half and 3 tablespoons of miso paste. Be ready for a little bubbling. Whisk this mixture until it’s mostly smooth, creating a flavorful blend of savory and creamy goodness.
  5. Once the sweet potatoes are tender, drain them and return them to the pot. Use a potato masher to transform them into a lusciously smooth consistency right there in the pot.
  6. Add the miso and butter mixture, along with 1/4 cup of maple syrup, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Stir everything together until it harmoniously combines into a unique and irresistible side dish. Taste and adjust with more kosher salt as needed to suit your preferences.

These Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a Thanksgiving revelation, a fusion of sweet and savory that’s certain to be a conversation starter at your holiday feast. Enjoy the unexpected richness of brown butter and the depth of miso paste, beautifully balanced with a touch of maple syrup. Your guests will be grateful for this delectable addition to the Thanksgiving menu.

these Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delightful departure from the traditional sweet potato dishes you might expect on your Thanksgiving table. With their unexpected fusion of rich, nutty brown butter, savory miso paste, and a touch of maple syrup, they offer a unique and tantalizing flavor experience that’s sure to make them the star of your holiday feast.

The recipe is straightforward and time-efficient, taking only 45 minutes from start to finish, ensuring that you have more time to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. The balance of sweet and savory, combined with the creaminess of the potatoes, will leave your guests raving about this remarkable side dish.

So, this Thanksgiving, surprise and delight your family and friends with these Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes. They are not just a side dish; they are a flavorful revelation that will add a memorable touch to your holiday celebration. Give them a try and savor the compliments that come your way!

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