Sweet potato butter makes great homemade holiday gifts and is perfect for slathering over biscuits, toast, your favorite bread, or even apple slices.
Sweet potato butter spread is a smooth creamy mixture of sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and fall spices that sends bread over the top. Serve it on your Thanksgiving table and you're sure to wow your guests!
You'll find it to be similar to pumpkin butter or apple butter, but with that distinctive sweet potato flavor that we love so much.
- Sweet potatoes - you'll start with cooked and mashed sweet potatoes. If you can find them at the grocery store it's great to use the ones that are already cooked and mashed. Just be sure not to sure the type that have been seasoned and sweetened. The easiest way to make your own is to bake them, and then scoop out the flesh and mash with a potato masher or fork.
- Unsweetened apple juice - if all you have is sweetened just be sure to cut back on the brown sugar a bit.
- Dark brown sugar - it creates the richest flavor, but you could certainly use light brown.
- Spices - We developed this recipe using cinnamon, cloves and ginger. If you like something different, nutmeg for example, you should feel free to experiment with the spices of your choice.
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How to make it
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Reduce the heat as soon as it is thoroughly heated and then simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- If any lumps remain you can process in a food processor to get it totally smooth.
- Store in airtight containers, refrigerated, for up to one week.
While you're mind is on all things fall and Thanksgiving you'll want to check out Fried Turkey Breast. It's perfect for when you need just a little more turkey, or need to add a few more servings to what you already have planned.
Homemade food gifts are so appreciated
Sweet potato butter is also a perfect homemade Christmas present or hostess gift! We all know that the best gifts come from the heart!
You can whip up enough for everyone on your gift list in less than 30 minutes. Find more great gift ideas here!
More uses for sweet potato butter
- Serve them with biscuits! This is the most popular biscuit recipe here - Easy Buttermilk Biscuits
- Add a big spoonful to pancake batter for extra fall flavor - Banana Pancakes are the perfect choice!
- Serve it with toast, English muffins or any bread along with other spread choices like Pineapple Preserves.
- How about a spoonful in a fall flavored soup like Red Pepper & Butternut Squash soup.
For a fun look at this recipe, check out the web story!
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Sweet potatoes have lots of nutrients, but it is a calorie heavy food, so you want to eat in moderation.
Absolutely yes! Put it in a small jar and tie a ribbon or string around the top. It's an ideal Thanksgiving hostess gift.
The official answer is 1 week. However, we have keep ours for up to 10-11 days with no diminishing quality or taste. As always, use common sense as your judge. If it's discolored or has an odd odor, discard it.
More sweet potato recipes
- Sweet potato biscuits
- Sweet potato muffins
- Sweet potato cornbread
- Sweet potatoes - Gullah style
- Sweet potato praline pie
- Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Butter
- 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
- 1-½ cup unsweetened apple juice
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 15 minutes.
- If lumps remain, blend in a food processor until smooth. Be sure to vent so steam can escape!
- Store in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to one week, or divide between 4-8 oz. sterilized jars and can to give as gifts.
- Bake and then mash sweet potatoes or buy pre-cooked and mashed if available.
- Light brown sugar can be substituted for dark brown.
- Sweetened apple juice can be used, but if so, reduce the amount of brown sugar in half.