Smashed Sweet Potato with Homemade Garlic Pesto

Smashed sweeet potatoes serve with homemade garlic pesto sauce. This is the best way to eat sweet potato. Completely delicious and perfect for gatherings. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 slices


  • 3 medium sweet potato (about 2lbs)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Home made pesto sauce

  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Boil the sweet potatoes: Place sweet potato in a large pot of water. Bring it to a boil. Cover and boil until tendered, about 25 minutes. 

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

    Drain and slice the potatoes into 1 1/2 inch thick.  Grease the baking sheet with cooking spray. Place slices potatoes onto the baking sheet.  Use a fork to flatten each piece. Season with salt, pepper and  a bit of olive oil. 

  3. Bake the sliced potatoes for 15 minutes, until the edges are crunchy and golden. 

  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transfer to a serving plate. 

  5. Serve with homemade pesto sauce. 

  6. Pesto sauce: Place everything in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more water if the batter is too thick.