Bourbon Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

A few weeks ago, hubby and I made good use of a Groupon to one of our favorite Houston restaurants- Sanbuca. It’s fun because they have really good live music (usually jazz) and delicious food, so it’s like dinner and a movie (only music) in one. And when they have a Groupon, well, it can’t be beat!

Anyway, I had these delicious Bourbon-Maple sweet potatoes as one of my sides. Ben doesn’t normally like sweet potatoes (which is one reason I ordered them!- kidding!) but he inhaled these babies. I decided to try to recreate the sweet potato recipe for our Thanksgiving meal and they were pretty spot-on.

These Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next dinner! Creamy potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping and just the right amount of sweetness!

As a funny side story, you probably know that Ben is a preacher. I didn’t even realize you couldn’t buy bourbon at a grocery store, and we had to go to a bona-fide liquor store. It was his first time ever being in one! It was pretty funny, we had to ask where the bourbon was and what kind to buy. Luckily we were in and out in about three minutes!

These would make a great addition to any upcoming holiday party, or even for dinner at home! Best of all, they are actually really simple. I hope you enjoy them!

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup bourbon

1/2 brick of cream cheese (4 oz.)


2 tbs. brown sugar

2 tbs. butter

1/3 cup chopped pecans

Boil the sweet potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Strain the water, then add in the rest of the ingredients and whip with a hand mixer until very smooth. Remove them to a casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until piping hot.

For the topping, melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Add nuts and stir for about 2 minutes, until you can smell the nuts. Sprinkle on top of sweet potatoes after baking.
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from the archives: originally posted Dec 3, 2013

About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. This sounds AMAZING!!!! I found you through Britches and Boots’ Holiday Giveaway. I LOVED the description she gave of you. It totally sounds like (prayerfully) the exact description that could be given of me in about ten years. My husbands in his last year of Seminary now, studying to be a pastor, we’re planning on having four kids (we’re just starting to try for our first!!!), and I’m definitely planning on homeschooling. :-) I’m following your blog now!!!

  2. These sound amazing! I always bribe my husband to go to the liquor store for me when I need it for a recipe. Do you really want me in a store filled with nothing but glass bottles? No.

  3. Love this recipe, Kelli! Sharing on G+ and Facebook and pinned to my MarvelousMondays board! Thanks for linking with me!

  4. Thanks for the great blog hop! Have a Marvelous Monday!
    Diane Roark
    I will make sure I am following all your social medias.

  5. This sounds absolutely wonderful! I’ve never been to Sanbuca but have heard great things about it. Maybe I’ll have to plan a date night and head over.

  6. Oh my Kelli…Im a believer gurlllllllll sounds fabulous and how can you go wrong with sweet potatoes and Bourbon?

  7. This sounds wonderful! This is perfect for Thanksgiving! Thank you for linking it up with us at Foodie Fridays! Hope to see you again tonight!

  8. Ohhh this sounds SO incredible. I’m so pinning this for Thanksgiving! Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesday!

  9. This looks like it would be a wonderful dish for Thanksgiving! :) I would like to invite you to share your fall themed posts at my 2014 Harvest Hop linky party.

  10. Thank you from Tasty Tuesday Creative K Kids. I pinned your post at Pinterest board.

  11. That looks yummy!! I love anything without the marshmallows, that you usually see…can’t handle that dish!! Sharing this one. Thank you for posting with us at the #HomeMattersParty

    • Kelli Hays says:

      Thanks Jamie! I’m not a huge fan of the casserole with marshmallows either. Hope you enjoy this one!

  12. Lovely post! Thank you for linking up with the OMHG WW & sharing with us! Please come link up again this week at!! Have a wonderful rest of the week! xx


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