2 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Fresh herbs like parsley or chives for garnish
Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks. Rinse them under cold water to remove any excess starch.
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat and cook the potatoes until they are tender, which should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter has melted.
Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot. Use a potato masher or a fork to mash the potatoes until they're smooth.
Slowly pour in the melted butter and milk mixture while continuing to mash the potatoes.
Add the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground cumin. Mix well to incorporate the spices into the mashed potatoes.
Taste the mashed potatoes and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Transfer the spiced mashed potatoes to a serving dish and garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.