Potatoes That Make The Table A Little Sweeter

During the past 17 years, one of our most requested recipes has been our Bourbon and Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes.  This incredibly popular, delicious dish gives an added sparkle to any holiday table.

GW Fins’ Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Vanilla

 (Makes 8 Servings)

 3 lbs.     Sweet Potatoes, Peeled, Cut 2” cubes

3           Very Ripe Bananas, Peeled and Sliced

1 cup     Heavy Cream

1           Small Vanilla Bean, Split and Scraped

¼ cup    Honey

½ cup    Light Brown Sugar

3 Tbs.   Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

1 tsp.    Salt

1 Tbs.   Bourbon

1 Tbs.   Soft Butter

2 qts.    Water

2 tsp.    Salt


Bring the water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil, add the potatoes and cook until tender – about 15-20 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, in a separate pot, combine the cream, honey, brown sugar, split vanilla bean, bananas and orange juice.  Bring to a boil and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Scrape vanilla bean and either puree the mixture with a mixing wand or mash well with a potato masher.

When the potatoes are tender, drain well and add the cream mixture.  Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes and mash gently with a spoon, leaving some chunks of potato.  The mixture will thicken slightly as the potatoes absorb the cream.

Stir in the bourbon and the soft butter.  Can be held and reheated.