Side Dishes/

White Camote Mash

Purée de Camote Blanco
I am so thankful that white sweet potatoes are abundantly available. I’ve loved their light, provocatively sweet flavor for over 40 years, having fallen in love with them when I was first living in Mexico. A decade ago, you had to find them at a Mexican grocery store or search them out from progressive grower at a farmers market. Nowadays, they’re available at most any well-stocked grocery store, especially during the fall. If you have been so-so about orange sweet potatoes, these will capture your heart.


  • 2pounds white camote (camote blanco in the Mexican market, usually red or purple outside), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (you’ll have about 6 cups)
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cupMexican crema or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter


Scoop the camote into a 4-quart saucepan and fill with enough water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes until fork tender, about 12 minutes.

Drain the potatoes in a colander  and  return them to the saucepan with the crema and butter.  Combine the ingredients with an old-fashioned potato masher. Taste and season with salt, usually 1 teaspoon.


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