Sweet Potatoes with Zest!

A dear friend gave me a similar recipe, which I have tweaked it a little bit. This is a great alternative to the heavy, marshmallowy, and extra-sweet dish that most of us love. The citrus flavor is always a surprise. It has become one of my most requested recipes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until a fork can easily puncture a sweet potato, about 1 hour. Remove baking sheet from oven and cool sweet potatoes until easily handled, about 15 minutes.

  3. Remove skins from sweet potatoes and transfer sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Beat potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar and butter to sweet potatoes while they are still warm; beat until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved.

  4. Mix orange zest, orange juice, ginger, lemon zest, and salt into sweet potatoes; transfer to 9x9-inch baking dish. Heat sweet potatoes in oven if desired.

Cook's Note:

The juice of the lemon may also be added. It will however, increase the tartness.

This is easily prepared in advance. Store in refrigerator. Reheat in 350 degree F (177 degree C) oven for about 40 minutes or microwave oven till heated through.

A stand mixer is the easiest way to beat the sweet potatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
12g Fat
76g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 856mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.