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How to Make THE BEST Mashed Sweet Potatoes

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes is a simple and delicious recipe made of sweet potatoes, butter, heavy cream, sugar, salt, and pepper.

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How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes - in a bowl with pad of butter
How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of my root vegetables to use in my dishes. This recipe is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients and has such a rich flavor.

Instead of boiling your sweet potatoes, you use my favorite method of slow-cooking them in a saucepan. Boiling sweet potatoes makes them lose some of their flavors, in my opinion.

You’re not going to believe how tasty these mashed sweet potatoes are. Top with a little regualar butter, brown sugar, and fresh herbs and you’ll lick your plate clean.

Sweet potatoes go well with rich meat such as pork, ham, duck, and poultry. This perfect side dish recipe is not just for your holiday meal like Thanksgiving dinner. It’s also perfect for a weeknight dinner.

One person I know adds pieces of a dark chocolate candy bar to her mashed sweet potatoes.  She said it tasted like chocolate cake. I thought this was a brilliant idea.

“At Thanksgiving, my mom always makes too much food, especially one item, like 700 or 800 pounds of sweet potatoes. She’s got to push it during the meal. “Did you get some sweet potatoes? There’s sweet potatoes. They’re hot. There’s more in the oven, some more in the garage. The rest are at the Johnson’s.”

Louie Anderson
Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Fun Facts About Sweet Potatoes

1) North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. The sweet potato is the state’s official vegetable.

2) Sweet potatoes are roots.  Potatoes are tubers.

3) Sweet potatoes are a member of the morning glory family.

4) Not only can you eat the sweet potato, but you can also eat the leaves, shoots, and stems.

5) Sweet potatoes are pretty easy to grow. It is heat and drought resistant. They are also resistant to disease and pests.

6) Sweet potatoes have high levels of Vitamin C and A, potassium, iron, and fiber.

7) According to the Just Fun Facts website, before George Washington became the President of the United States, he was a sweet potato farmer.

8) The flesh of sweet potatoes come in four different colors – white, yellow, purple, or orange flesh.

Diced Sweet Potato
Diced Sweet Potato

How to Store Sweet Potatoes

1) Do NOT refrigerate sweet potatoes, unless you’re storing cooked sweet potatoes.  Refrigerating sweet potatoes causes them to taste different, and they will spoil faster.

2) For the best sweet potatoes, store in a cool, dry spot.

3) Don’t wash sweet potatoes until you use them. Moisture promotes spoilage, according to Farmers Almanac.

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Here’s How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Ingredients for Mashed Sweet Potatoes

2 pounds whole sweet potatoes (3 medium or 2 large approximately) 

4 tablespoons butter, cut into four pieces 

2 tablespoons heavy cream 

1 teaspoon sugar 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

salt 

freshly ground black pepper 

Directions for How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1) Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces.  

2) Combine sweet potatoes, butter, cream, salt, and sugar in a large saucepan.  

3) Cover the pan, and cook over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes.  The potatoes are done when they fall apart when you poke them with a fork. 

4) Take the pan off the heat and mash the potatoes with a potato masher until it has a creamy texture.  

5) Season with salt and pepper and add a little pad of butter to the top.

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Yield: 4 servings

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a bowl with a pad of butter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes is a simple and delicious recipe made of sweet potatoes, heavy cream, butter, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (approximately 3 medium or 2 large)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into four pieces
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into small pieces.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, heavy cream, butter, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan.
  3. Cover the pan, and cook over low heat for 35 to 45 minutes. The potatoes are done when they fall apart when you poke them with a fork.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4 servings

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 39mgSodium 513mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 8gSugar 16gProtein 5g

Tips for Making Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1) Don’t throw away the sweet potato skins!  I like to cook mine in the same pan I did the mashed sweet potatoes and give them as treats to my dogs.  

2) Add a little pure maple syrup to the potatoes for another layer of yumminess. 

3) Replace sugar with brown sugar and add one tablespoon of bourbon for  boozy mashed sweet potatoes. 

4) If you want to jazz up your mashed sweet potatoes with other spices, here are some ideas:

  • nutmeg 
  • ginger 
  • rosemary 
  • fresh thyme
  • cinnamon 
  • clove 
  • garlic 
  • chili pepper flakes
  • allspice
  • cilantro 
  • orange zest
  • orange juice

5) You can substitute coconut milk for regular milk and vegan butter for regular butter to make the dish vegan.

7) An immersion blender or a hand mixer can be used in place of a potato masher.

8) Add some parmesan cheese, fried sage leaves, and brown butter for savory flavor.

9) For a more rustic mash, simply go lighter on mashing the potatoes.

Does Mashed Sweet Potatoes Freeze Well?

It’s simple to freeze mashed sweet potatoes.  Just follow these basic steps. 

1) Let your mashed sweet potatoes cool completely.  You can put them in the refrigerator before the freezer. 

2) Place the mash potatoes in a freezer-safe container or bag.  Make sure the air is removed as much as possible in the bag before freezing. 

3) Put mashed sweet potatoes in the freezer.  They will last up to 12 months in the freezer.  

How to Reheat Mashed Sweet Potatoes after Freezing

1) Thaw mashed sweet potatoes by placing them in the refrigerator.  

2) Reheat sweet potatoes in a microwave or on the stove in a saucepan.

How long are Mashed Sweet Potatoes Good for?  

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, sweet potatoes last anywhere from 3 to 5 days.  

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Sonja

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

You are my hero with this recipe. I am a sweet potato nut and your info & fun facts on ‘‘em was a pleasure to read. This was easy, tasty and my house smelled amazing during the cool time. Thank you for this and God bless you for making this mom’s dinner prep a whiz!

Kelly

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Wow Sonja! I'm so happy you loved the recipe and article. I love sweet potatoes too and I now live in sweet potato country (North Carolina)! Thank you for letting me know. Kelly

Cookie C

Monday 10th of May 2021

I tried this recipe because I had all the ingredients at home, and the recipe looked less labor intensive. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Best mashed sweet potatoes I have ever made, and EASIEST too!!!

Kelly

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hello Cookie! So glad you liked the sweet potatoes. Thank you for letting me know. Kelly

Kathy’s

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Best sweet potatoes ever, used brown sugar and cinnamon!

Kelly

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Hello Kathy! So glad you loved them. Thanks for letting me know. Kelly

Jackie

Sunday 24th of January 2021

I was a bit skeptical about this recipe because I have never made a potato like this. I was worried it would burn. But I was so wrong. It was so tasty. I did use brown sugar instead of white and I did sprinkle it with a bit of cinnamon. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing it.

Kelly

Monday 25th of January 2021

I'm so glad you liked it Jackie. I think cinnamon does make everything taste better! Kelly

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