You can't get much easier than a 4 ingredient side dish. These Herbes de Provence Whipped Sweet Potatoes are just that, sweet potatoes, herbes de provence, butter, and salt. That's it! This is a creamy and savory sweet potato recipe for those of us who want something different than the classic sweet potato casserole. These are herby whipped sweet potatoes with no added sugar. Try this recipe for the holidays coming up, it is a foolproof side dish!
These sweet potatoes with French herbs are a classic that we have at all of our family gatherings on my dad's side. Based on how savory and delicious they are, you would never know how simple they are to prepare! With only four ingredients, these are a cinch to put together. You could even make these a day ahead, and then reheat them in the oven when you are ready to serve them.
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- sweet potatoes
- sea salt
- Herbes de Provence
How to Make This Sweet Potatoes Recipe with French Herbs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
Let cool long enough to be handled, and then peel off the skins.
Place the potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and add 4 tablespoon of butter cut into chunks. Add salt and herbes de provence.
Whip until everything is combined.
In a buttered baking dish, pour potatoes and then bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
Top Tip: How to Easily Peel Sweet Potatoes
There is no need to peel your sweet potatoes ahead of time! This will simply add to the prep time and it is unnecessary. Simple place your sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and cook them in their skins. Once they are cooked through and cool enough to handle, peel back the potato skin. It will come off very easily. This method also works for peeling regular potatoes without a peeler.
Because this recipe is so simple, I thought I would include some extra information on classic French herbs and spices! French cooking is pretty classical and French cooking methods are helpful to know as home cooks. Concepts such as mirepoix and roux can be used to create countless dishes.
Herbes de provence is an underrated spice blend that is floral and woody, and pairs great with chicken, roasted veggies, and obviously sweet potatoes!
What dried herbs go in Herbes de Provence?
Herbes de Provence is a special blend of common french spices and herbs. It has been around for centuries, originating in the south of France, but has become increasingly popular since the 1970's with the rise of Julia Child and her influence in teaching the home cooks how to master the art of French cooking.
Herbes de Provence is a dried herb blend that typically contains fennel, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme. You will sometimes find other ingredients added such as lavender, savory, mint, chervil, oregano, sage, basil, or bay leaves.
Other common French herb blends
Aside from herbes de provence, there are other common French herb and spice blends such as bouquet garni, fines herbes, and vadouvan.
Where to Buy Herbes de Provence
This French herb blend is now common enough that you should be able to find it in most grocery stores. If not, it is easy to purchase herbs de provence online from one of the following places.
- 360 Flavor and Spice Herbs de Provence (my top pick)
- Target's Good and Gather brand Herbes de Provence (This one you should be able to find right in stores if you need the spice blend right away!)
Storage for Herbes de Provence Potatoes
These savory sweet potatoes will last in the fridge up to 3-4 days. They can also be frozen in an airtight container for several months.
I love making this dish ahead of time come Thanksgiving, because on Thanksgiving day, the oven is in high demand. I heat these whipped sweet potatoes up in a casserole dish at 375 once the turkey is done and they are warm and ready to go in less than 20 minutes.
Looking for more recipes using Herbes de Provence? Try one of the following!
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Easy Slow Cooker Ratatouille
- Roasted Chicken Provencal
- Crostini with Prosciutto
- Mini Meat Pies
Herbes de Provence Whipped Sweet Potatoes
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. Herbes de Provence
- Preheat oven to 375 and bake sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
- Let cool long enough to be handled, and then peel off the skins.
- Place the potatoes in the bowl of a mixer and add 4 tablespoon of butter cut into chunks. Add salt and herbs.
- Mix until everything is combined.
- In a buttered baking dish, pour potatoes and then bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
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