Goat cheese & spinach mashed sweet potatoes

Yesterday while starring at a PowerPoint presentation about capital spending on college campuses, I started thinking about sweet potatoes. Because obviously there’s a correlation between $/gross square foot spent on college buildings and my side dish for dinner.


There are certain things that I always have on hand. Wrinkly sweet potatoes on the verge of going soft (ha!), baby spinach (which my ghetto Asian produce market spells “spinage” on the plastic box it comes in), goat cheese and this plastic baggy of dried thyme that I’ve had well over a year for the sole reason that I have severe issues throwing things out.

I eat them all individually, but why not mashed together to make a creamy, veggie filled side dish?

Add in some sautéed shallots for some extra flavor and this was the perfect side to the filet mignon we ate last night for dinner. Basically, I did a Valentine’s dinner a day late and I think it tasted even better than it would’ve on Valentine’s Day simply because I spent 24 hours dreaming about it after seeing too many pictures of other people’s delicious filet dinners.

A juicy, medium rare filet is exactly why I could absolutely never be a vegetarian. It’s all that’s right in this world in one perfect forkful.

These are creamy from the goat cheese and yet sweet from the shallots. You don’t even know the spinach is there except for it’s texture so it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greenery.

Could you eat this alongside tofu or tempeh? Sure…I guess. But if you eat meat, go splurge on the best cut you can find and get this on your dinner table with it.

Wine is mandatory optional.

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Goat Cheese & Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes
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Get thee a steak and eat this with it.
Recipe type: side dish, potatoes
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs of dried (or fresh) thyme
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While potatoes cook, saute shallots with olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat until softened and just starting the brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Combine cooked potatoes, sauteed shallots, spinach, goat cheese, milk and thyme if using in a medium bowl.
  4. Mash together with a potato masher or fork until well combined.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste and mash again.
  6. Serve warm.


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  1. 1

    These sound & look so good I don’t think you’d need to eat them alongside ANYTHING. That bowl is a single serving, right?

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  3. 3

    Now these are interesting! And perfect for me – I hate spinach, so I have to “hide” it amongst other ingredients :)

  4. 4

    woah, great idea for this!! i like the soft sweet potatoes hahaha ;) this is a really healthy rendition of mashed potatoes.. i feel like it’s good for your digestive system too LOL..god, this really would be good atop steak or something like that.

  5. 5

    Looks tasty! ha I always think of what I’m cooking for dinner while at work!

  6. 6

    Yum. Looks creamy and with the spinach and sweet potato- practically a health food :) I always mash in cheddar but goat cheese is a nice twist.

  7. 7

    goat cheese + sweet potatoes are an amazing combo. Can’t wait to try these!

  8. 8

    Mmmm…anything with goat cheese and sweet potatoes automatically wins in my book :-)

  9. 9

    I’m so hungry and this did not help the situation. These sound so. freaking. good! And I agree with every word about the medium rare filet (which I was also drooling over when I looked at the pic through twitter last night!).

  10. 10

    I was wondering what the side dish was last night from your Instagram pics! Yet another Gina recipe that I MUST try out. Sweet potato and goat cheese in one dish?! Who would’ve thought?!!

  11. 11

    Oh yum! I have all the ingredients to make this! Yah!!! I can’t wait to try it! I love goat cheese with sweet poatoes or butternut squash. Yummy, yummy!!

  12. 12

    OMG I think you’ve outdone yourself with this one — I am practically drooling on my keyboard over here. That looks FREAKIN’ amazing. All of my favorite things in one bowl – *and* you paired it with filet. I love how your mind works!!

  13. 13

    I’ve never tried goat cheese – is it a really stinky cheese? I feel like so many people use it so I might have to get on board!

  14. 16

    Ohmygoodygosh this dish has my favorite things all in it, genius!

  15. 17

    What a pretty bowl of comforting goodness! Your lighting makes me jealous :)

  16. 18

    This sounds as gorgeous as it looks. Nice post!

  17. 19

    Oh Wow!! This looks amazing!! I love goat cheese, so much! I would eat this all for me breakfast lunch and dinner!!


  18. 20

    Any chance I get to sneak handfuls upon handfuls of spinach in anything I make, I take full advantage of. This looks delicious. Love the colors! I can just eat this by itself with a nice piece of bread.

  19. 21

    WOW!! That looks like a bowl of pure comfort!! Amazing! :)

  20. 22

    i want to eat the entire bowl! no filet for me please!

  21. 23

    Side dish? This would be my entire meal!

  22. 24

    Awesome! I almost always mix a ton of spinach into regular mashed potatoes, I don’t know why I didn’t think to put it in sweet potatoes. Loooooove the shallots and goat cheese too :D

  23. 25

    I bet these would be even better the next day crisped up and served as a sweet potato cake with a poached egg. Assuming there were leftovers of course.

  24. 27

    I have no words.

  25. 28

    Anything with both sweet potatoes and goat cheese in it is right up my alley… toss in some spinach, and I’m sold ;).

  26. 29

    ok all jokes aside, can you please come be my personal chef? I’ll pay and let you take pictures of your food all day long.

  27. 30

    I just recently found your site and what a great recipe! We modified with purple majesty sweet potatoes, kale instead of spinach, a mix of mozzarella and smoked farmers cheese (the goat cheese we thought we had went bad– boo!), and the savory addition of garlic (goes with everything!). The result was a brilliant purple mash of tasty goodness and the smoked flavor of the cheese really created a unique additional flavor. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • 31
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Those sound like great modifications! I love purple potatoes if for nothing else but their color :)

  28. 32

    Oh man, this recipe looks amazing!!!

    I’ve just added it to my recipe roundup so others can have it too.


    amelia from hks

  29. 34
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says:

    Gina. This looks so good!!!

  30. 35

    this looks fantastic! I am out of goat cheese, but I’m going to try this tonight using some Romano. Can’t wait! thanks for the dinner inspiration :)


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