I couldn’t get swede here, in Spain, and I was cooking a Christmas meal. So, I used sweet potato instead. I would never think of cooking mashed swede as part of a Christmas meal – but having made this, I think it would be really nice with a few things – especially, for example, as the mash in Bangers and Mash.sweetpotato_carrot


  • 550 g sweet potato
  • 260 g carrots
  • 1 oz Butter (or to taste), or a good ‘lug’ of olive oil
  • ~1tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste (a generous amount of freshly ground pepper will finish this off nicely!)


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.sweetpotato_carrot_mash
  2. Peel and cube the sweet potato and carrots.
  3. Cook the potato for about 20 minutes then add the carrots – cook for a further 5-10 minutes.
  4. Mash the veg, as roughly or as smoothly as you desire, then add the butter.
  5. Finally, season and serve.


To keep this vegan, simple use olive oil instead of the butter.
To make it a little more spicy, add a little chilli powder, 1 tsp. of coriander and 1/2 tsp of cumin.