Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • By KJ

Whip up some Mashed Sweet Potatoes for an easy and flavorful dish. Freshly peeled sweet potatoes are simmered until tender, then whipped with butter and half and half until fluffy. Season to taste with a little salt, pepper, and thyme for an elegantly simple side.

Mashed sweet potatoes are a visually striking twist on your stereotypical potato dish. This dish is sure to be a hit with a vibrant orange hue and natural sweetness. Plus, it is easy to make, with just a few steps and minimal ingredients.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a serving platter on the holiday table.

Whip up some Mashed Sweet Potatoes for an easy and flavorful dish. Freshly peeled sweet potatoes are simmered until tender, then whipped with butter and half and half until fluffy. Season to taste with a little salt, pepper, and thyme for an elegantly simple side.  

Mashed sweet potatoes are a visually striking twist on your stereotypical potato dish. This dish is sure to be a hit with a vibrant orange hue and natural sweetness. Plus, it is easy to make, with just a few steps and minimal ingredients. 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a serving platter on the holiday table.

Why KJ Loves

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are so simple, yet so darn delicious! I love how the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes shines through in this recipe – plus they are so vibrant on the table!

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

There are just three simple steps to smooth, fluffy mashed sweet potatoes.

1

Prep them.

Peel your sweet potatoes before you boil them. (By peeling the potatoes first, you avoid an unwelcome game of hot potato!) Then cut them into 1-inch cubes. 

2

Boil them.

Pro tip: Don’t add potatoes to a pot of boiling water! The starches will break down, and you’ll get mushy overcooked potatoes. 

Instead, add the potatoes to a dry pot. Then, fill it up with water and set the pot on the stove to boil for 8-10 minutes on high heat. The sweet potatoes are done when they are tender and can be gently pierced with a fork. 

3

Mash them.

Drain the potatoes and add them back into the pot or a large mixing bowl. Add in the butter, heavy cream, and salt. Then, use a hand mixer or stand mixer to mash the potatoes until fluffy. 

You could also try a potato masher, but I personally think these tools are not that great at their job. They make it harder to get the potatoes smooth and creamy.

Sweet potatoes before being peeled and cubed.

Serving Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Transfer the mashed sweet potatoes to a serving bowl. Garnish the dish with additional melted butter and freshly chopped thyme leaves. 

For a sweet twist, substitute a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon for the thyme.

I love how versatile this side dish is. It’s fancy enough for Christmas dinner but simple enough to go with your typical weekday meal.

Try mashed sweet potatoes with easy beef tenderloin in our holiday menu. Or pair them with…almost anything! The possibilities are endless. I would eat these alongside chicken, steak, seafood, or even topped with roasted veggies. 

Some other entrees to pair these with:

Honey Mustard Herb Skillet Chicken

Sunday Pot Roast 

Boiled sweet potatoes in a pot with butter.

Mashed Sweet Potato FAQs:

What size potatoes should I use?

Sweet potatoes come in all shapes and sizes. Try to find four that are medium-sized and similar to each other.

Can these be made in advance?

Yes! Mashed sweet potatoes can be made in advance. You can transfer them to a slow cooker to keep warm. Or, you can make them a day in advance. Simply cover them with foil and reheat them in the oven with a little melted butter on top. 

Are yams the same thing as sweet potatoes?

No, they are different. Yams have a tougher skin that looks like tree bark, while sweet potatoes have a thinner, reddish peel. Orange sweet potatoes are the most common type of sweet potato sold at grocery stores. They’re sweeter and softer, which is why we want them for this recipe. (You won’t generally find true yams in your typical supermarket!) 

Do I peel sweet potatoes before boiling?

You could peel the sweet potatoes before or after boiling them. But I like to do it in advance—that way, you avoid an unwanted game of hot potato! Plus, then the potatoes are ready to mash up and serve hot—right away!

Whipped mashed sweet potatoes.
A close-up photo of mashed sweet potatoes.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a serving platter on the holiday table.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Whip up some Mashed Sweet Potatoes for an easy and flavorful dish. Freshly peeled sweet potatoes are simmered until tender, then whipped with butter and half and half until fluffy. Season to taste with a little salt, pepper, and thyme for an elegantly simple side.  

Mashed sweet potatoes are a visually striking twist on your stereotypical potato dish. This dish is sure to be a hit with a vibrant orange hue and natural sweetness. Plus, it is easy to make, with just a few steps and minimal ingredients. 


Ingredients

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  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch cubes, about 2 pounds total
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot, cover with just enough water to cover the tops and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for about 8-10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. Drain from the water and place the sweet potatoes back into the pot.
  2. Add in the butter and heavy cream and use a hand mixer on low speed to help you mash the sweet potatoes until light and fluffy. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  3. Serve with additional melted butter and fresh thyme over the top if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This can easily be made ahead of time and reheated for when needed! It can also be kept warm in a slow cooker for feeding a crowd.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Boiling

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 266mg
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.5g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg
Mashed sweet potatoes in a serving dish.

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