I created this recipe last Thanksgiving when I wanted a less sweet and more savory mashed sweet potato dish. It went over really well, and now I make it all the time because it's wonderful with virtually all types of meat. The sweetness of the potatoes is enhanced by smoky caramelized onions and robust sage. I recommend using a high quality extra virgin olive oil for drizzling and the freshest sage you can find. —Food Blogga
olive oil, divided (regular olive oil is fine for cooking)
large yellow onion, thinly sliced
light brown sugar
fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced crosswise
coarse sea salt
cranks freshly ground black pepper
quality extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Place diced potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain immediately.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and brown sugar; stir occasionally, until the onions caramelize and turn a deep golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
In a small skillet over medium heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add sliced sage leaves and saute until lightly crisp. Remove from heat.
Using a hand-held potato masher or an electric mixer, mash potatoes to desired consistency. Add the caramelized onions and the crisp sage leaves in olive oil to the potatoes. Add coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until well blended. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt before serving.