Sweet potatoes are one of our most-loved ingredients. Whether as a Thanksgiving dinner mainstay or an everyday alternative to starchier carbs, we just can’t get enough of sweet potatoes — especially in creamy mashed form. But while sweet potato mash might be a staple side dish, preparing your spuds the same way every time can be boring. Fortunately, there’s a simple taste-boosting hack that's guaranteed to change your sweet mash game forever: adding a little bit of orange juice.
Yes, you read that right. Adding orange juice to sweet potato mash will make it taste better than it ever has before, and your kids will be begging you for more. Why? Because the citrus juice adds a tangy, tantalizing zing to your potatoes that gives them new life. The best part about adding orange juice to your sweet potato mash is that you can add it to both savory and sweet varieties. So, whatever your preference for sweet potatoes is — from a sweeter mash with cinnamon and maple syrup to a savory dish with butter and garlic — the orange juice will take it up a notch. Even Martha Stewart adds orange juice to her mash!
You don’t need to use a lot of orange juice either, so don’t worry about ruining your healthy dish with extra sugar. Because orange juice is so tart, it only takes a small amount to boost the whole pot of mash. If you’re ready to dive even further into incorporating citrus in your mash, you can add orange zest as well.
To add orange juice to your sweet potato mash, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of orange juice (fresh or store bought is fine) into your usual mash mix after you've boiled and chopped the potatoes. (As earlier mentioned, add orange zest to your sweet potato mash for extra zing. A teaspoon is all you need.)