Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Quick Summary

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any meal. You Will love this sweet potato mash recipe!

I think Mashed Sweet Potatoes are underrated. Regular old mashed potatoes tend to get all of the attention. Sure, I like mashed potatoes, but I think mashed sweet potatoes are much better than the classic side dish.

So today, I am putting the spotlight on Mashed Sweet Potatoes. They deserve some attention and I really think you should add them to your Thanksgiving menu. I make them every year and they are always a hit!

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • You can roast the sweet potatoes and then mash them, but I prefer to boil the sweet potatoes because the oven is always occupied on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, boiling the sweet potatoes is so easy and always creates creamy potatoes.
  • I always peel the potatoes. If you like a chunkier mash, you can leave the skins on.
  • After you boil the potatoes, make sure you drain them well in a colander.
  • I like to use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes. You can use a hand blender if you wish. You can also use a food processor if you want the sweet potatoes super smooth.
  • For best results, mash with milk and butter. If you need them to be vegan or dairy free, you can use coconut milk or almond milk and coconut oil.
  • Season with salt. Salt is a must!

Sweet Potato Mash Flavors

I love basic mashed sweet potatoes with a little butter and salt, but there are lots of ways to serve up mashed sweet potatoes. If you want to jazz them up, here are a few ideas:

  • Serve with brown butter or honey butter
  • Top with candied pecans or toasted pecans
  • Sweeten with pure maple syrup or brown sugar
  • Sprinkle in ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  • Add in fresh rosemary and roasted garlic
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese, Gruyere cheese, white cheddar cheese, or even a little blue cheese
  • Spice them up with chipotle peppers
  • Add chopped bacon

Mashed sweet potatoes aren’t boring! My favorite way to serve them is with brown butter, a little pure maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, AND candied pecans on top! The combo is amazing!

And if you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, you can store them in a container in the fridge for up to four days. You can use them to make our favorite Sweet Potato Rolls. I usually make extra mashed sweet potatoes so I HAVE to make the rolls, ha! They are so good!

Add Mashed Sweet Potatoes to your holiday menu this year! Enjoy!

More Holiday Side Dish Recipes

  • Best Cranberry Sauce
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed Cauliflower
  • Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Green Beans
  • Sausage Stuffing

More Sweet Potato Recipes

  • Sweet Potato Rolls
  • Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Hash
  • Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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