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    These simple mashed sweet potatoes are a great addition to any meal. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, they are wonderfully creamy and seasoned with cinnamon for a perfectly flavored dish.

    mashed sweet potatoes with butter in a black bowl

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies during fall and the holidays, and they work so well when mashed with cream and butter for an indulgent and delicious side.

    Totally effortless to make this sweet potato mash recipe, you just need a few simple ingredients and they can even be made ahead of time.

    For more delicious sides, be sure to try my Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

    Ingredients for Sweet Potato Mash

    • Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great source of so many vitamins and minerals as well as being high in fiber.
    • Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe, just adjust the amount of added salt to suit your tastes.
    • Heavy cream: For the richest and creamiest mash. You can use milk instead if you prefer.
    • Salt and pepper: Added to taste.
    • Cinnamon: This is optional, but it adds a great earthy sweetness.
    ingredients for sweet potato mash

    How to make mashed sweet potatoes

    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and boil until tender, about 10 – 15 minutes.
    • Drain well and allow to sit in the colander a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
    • Return sweet potatoes to the pot (or a large bowl) and add butter to the potatoes and mash with a hand masher. Add cream or milk a little bit at a time to reach the desired consistency.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and top with a dash of cinnamon if desired.
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    How Long Do You Boil Sweet Potatoes

    Boil sweet potatoes cut in 1″ rounds for about 10 – 15 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Cutting them in rounds or in chunks reduces the time they need until they are cooked. If you keep the sweet potatoes whole, boil them for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are tender.

    Can you make mashed sweet potatoes ahead of time?

    Mashed sweet potatoes are a great make-ahead side. Just let them cool to room temperature and they will keep covered in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Gently reheat the creamy sweet potato mash on the stovetop, stirring occasionally, till heated through to serve.

    close up shot of healthy mashed sweet potatoes recipe in a bowl

    Can you freeze them?

    Once cooked, you can freeze these healthy mashed sweet potatoes for up to a year! Freeze the sweet potato mash in ziplock bags and then defrost in the fridge before reheating.

    Freeze any leftovers and they can be used for the topping on my Cottage Pie with Sweet Potatoes.

    creamy sweet potato mash with thyme in a black bowl

    What do you serve them with?

    These sweet potatoes are a great addition to any holiday table – they are so quick to make and they are great to serve with any weeknight family dinner. Try them with:

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Cut the sweet potatoes into similar sized cubes so that they cook evenly.
    • The potatoes should be fork tender when removed from the water.
    • Don’t be tempted to blend the potatoes or they will become soupy, use a hand masher.
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    Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    These simple mashed sweet potatoes are a great addition to any meal. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, they are wonderfully creamy and seasoned with cinnamon for a perfectly flavored dish.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 332kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 3-4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1” rounds or chunks
    • cup butter, cut into 4 pieces
    • cup heavy cream, or milk
    • salt & pepper to taste
    • ½ tsp cinnamon, optional

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and boil until tender, about 10 – 15 minutes.
    • Drain well and allow to sit in the colander a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
    • Return sweet potatoes to the pot or a large bowl, and add butter to the potatoes and mash with a hand masher. Add cream or milk a little bit at a time to reach desired consistency.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and top with a dash of cinnamon if desired.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Cut the sweet potatoes into similar sized cubes so that they cook evenly.
    • The potatoes should be fork tender when removed from the water.
    • Don’t be tempted to blend the potatoes or they will become soupy, use a hand masher.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32685IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
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    November 12, 2020

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