Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delicious change from our favorite mashed potatoes! With a creamy texture and delicious buttery flavor, they are the perfect side dish for any meal! While many recipes for mashed sweet potatoes (or Sweet Potato Casserole) have added ingredients like marshmallows or pecans, I prefer mashed sweet potatoes to be smooth and creamy.
Three simple ingredients (and a little salt and pepper) are all it takes to make these easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes! No need to add extra ingredients when you have such a naturally sweet and flavorful veggie! These easy mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect side for Roasted Pork Tenderloin or Bacon Wrapped Chicken along with a side of steamed veggies!
How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Making mashed sweet potatoes is really easy! If I have a lot of time, I make Baked Sweet Potatoes and scoop them out to make mashed potatoes. A quicker method is to boil the sweet potatoes but I prefer the consistency of baked if possible.
Once cooked (either boiled or baked) and very well drained, the sweet potatoes can be mashed.
- Start by adding the butter and mixing it in using a hand masher (per recipe below).
- Heat the cream/milk and add a bit at a time while mashing. You can use an electric mixer for a creamier texture or mash by hand.
- Once mashed, season with salt and pepper and serve (with more butter of course).
How Long to Boil Sweet Potatoes for Mash
Sweet Potatoes, when cut into small chunks, take a relatively short amount of time to boil, 15-20 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork. If the sweet potatoes are a bit older, or if it were stored at a temperature that was too cold, they may take longer to cook.
How to Mash Sweet Potatoes
You can mash sweet potatoes using a hand masher, this gives more of a rustic consistency (aka a bit less smooth).
For a smoother consistency, you can use a hand mixer or an immersion blender.
Fridge: Mashed sweet potatoes will last about 4 days in the fridge in a container or covered with plastic wrap.
Freezer: To freeze, scoop smashed sweet potatoes into a plastic freezer bag. Press them out into a flat square and freeze. This will help ensure the potatoes defrost and reheat evenly! When you reheat them, add about a tablespoon of milk per cup of sweet potatoes and place them in the oven to reheat.
Add Leftover Sweet Spuds to These Recipes
Sweet potatoes blend well with many ingredients! Use the leftovers to top Shepherd’s Pie for an amazing twist on a classic! Use sweet potatoes in Potato Cakes or Duchess Potatoes in place of regular potatoes. They can be used pretty much anywhere you’d use regular potatoes!
More Sweet Potato Faves
- Sweet Potato Casserole – perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner
- Classic Sweet Potato Pie
- Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole – Reader favorite!
- Crockpot Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes – sweet & savory
- Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled
- ⅓ cup butter cut into 4 pieces
- ⅓ cup cream or milk
- salt & pepper to taste
- Dice potatoes into 2" chunks.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Drain well and allow to sit in the colander a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
- 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. Serve hot and top with a dash of cinnamon if desired.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)