Sweet Potato Puree is a delicious and versatile puree that is easily made using only one ingredient. Whether you are looking for a tasty side dish, a healthy baby puree, or a nutrient-rich addition to baked goods, yogurt or oatmeal, sweet potato puree is a great choice.
Reasons to Love This Puree
- Nutritious - Sweet potato is a healthy pantry staple, containing a good mix of nutrients and vitamins. It is high in dietary fibre and a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Potassium
- Versatile - Enjoy as a side dish, stirred into sauces, as a pie topper added to baking, top oatmeal or serve as a baby puree.
- Easy to Make - Bake sweet potato until soft, then puree in a food processor or blender.
- Delicious - Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and baking the potato gives a richer, sweeter flavour compared to other cooking methods.
Making homemade sweet potato puree is easy and you only need one ingredient - sweet potato!
If you are going to bake with sweet potato puree, stick with just sweet potato. However, if you are serving it as a side dish or baby puree, you might choose to add some extra ingredients such as butter, oil, herbs and spices.
Step By Step Instructions (With Photos)
There are several ways to cook a sweet potato and all methods will work for pureeing but, in my opinion, roasting provides the best-tasting puree.
- Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork, pierce the potatoes several times, on both sides. Place in the oven and roast for around 50 mins or until the potato is wrinkled and tender.
- Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for around 10 minutes and then peel the potato
- Place the flesh in a food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
Great Ways to Use Sweet Potato Puree
- Add to Oatmeal with a little cinnamon for a warm and comforting start to the morning.
- Use in baking - Great for adding sweetness, using as a binding agent and for adding moisture to baked goods.
- Add to risotto - Adds a different, yet tasty, touch to a risotto. This sweet potato and mushroom risotto looks amazing!
- Stir into Sauces - Add some creaminess and sweetness to a range of different sauces such as this Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.
- Mix into smoothies - Sweet Potato goes well with a range of smoothie ingredients and will make a smoothie ultra creamy.
- Extra Smooth Pie Topping - Great for kids with textural issues. Use it to top this Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
- Use as an Egg Replacement in Baking - Learn more in this egg substitution guide.
Recipes Using Sweet Potato Puree
- Refrigerate: Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
- Freeze: Spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid. Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer.
I believe that roasting produced the best-tasting puree but you can also boil or steam the sweet potato.
Boiling - Peel the sweet potato and cut it into 1.5 cm (half-inch) cubes. In a pan, bring water to a boil and add sweet potato chunks. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, around 15 minutes.
Steaming - Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1.5 cm (half-inch) cubes and steam, using a steamer, until soft.
No, you can also use a...
Blender - A high-speed blender works great.
Stick Blender - Place the cooked potato into a large jug/pan and blend until smooth
Masher - Provides a chunkier puree
Yes. Sweet Potato Puree can be enjoyed as it is or mixed with a range of other pureed or mashed foods. Some suggestions include….
Apple puree, Pear puree, Carrot puree, Parsnip puree, Pea puree, Pumpkin puree, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Lentils, Chicken puree, Beef puree, Yoghurt
If you want to add more texture to your puree, simply mash using a masher or blend for a shorter time
Yes, you can thin it out with a splash of milk (you can use breast milk or formula when making it for a baby.)
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Sweet Potato Puree
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat oven to 200C / 400F and line a baking tray with baking paper/foil.
- Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork, pierce the potatoes several times, on both sides.
- Place in the oven and roast for around 50 mins (checking after 45 mins), or until the potato is wrinkled and tender.
- Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for around 10 minutes, peel the potato and place the flesh in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- If using large sweet potatoes, cut in half, lengthways, before roasting.
- The length of time needed will depend on the size and thickness of the potato.