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Mashed Sweet Potatoes – This simple recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes will be a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner favorite. Sweet potatoes and Yukon potatoes are mashed with butter, sour cream, cayenne pepper, and a sprinkle of light brown sugar. So easy to make, your family will ask for it year round.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a really easy side dish for the Holidays, but are also just as great any day of the year. This recipe is great because it can be made a day or two ahead, and warmed up right before the big meal.

These mashed sweet potatoes are sweet and savory, and all the potatoes are prepared in the microwave. Forget about using up all that needed room on the stove and in the oven, friends. The potatoes will be going into the microwave for 12 to 15 minutes and you’ll be done!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Because Thanksgiving is next week, and then Christmas in six weeks, I am currently on a mission to stock this food blog with all the holiday recipes you might need. Thus, this was the best opportunity to share with you my favorite recipe for mashed sweet potatoes.

HOW TO MAKE MASHED SWEET POTATOES

This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses both, sweet potatoes and yukon potatoes to mellow out the sweetness and bring in a bit of savory to our side dish.

  • First, wash and scrub the potatoes, and using a fork, poke a bunch of holes around each potato. Then, we will grab a large microwave safe bowl and put our potatoes in it.
  • Transfer the bowl to the microwave and set the time to 12 minutes. Please keep this in mind: cooking time depends on the number of potatoes and the size of your potatoes. Set the timer at 12 minutes on HIGH. When time is up, get an oven mitt and gently squeeze the sides of the potatoes. If still firm, continue to microwave for few more minutes. If the potatoes, or just one potato, opens up right away, take it out of the oven and continue with the rest.
  • All microwaves are not created equal, but if you follow my steps for checking on the potatoes, you’ll be OK!
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, you have a choice to peel them, OR NOT. I don’t. A little extra fiber and nutrients found in the skin won’t hurt us.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

MASH THE POTATOES

  • Next step is to roughly break up the potatoes, add butter and sour cream, as well as cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. I will also ask you to add in a splash of heavy cream, or half and half, or milk. It’s up to you what you want to use. Heavy cream will make it much creamier, but I think it’s plenty creamy even with milk.
  • At this point, you will want to decide if you are going to use a potato masher or a hand blender. For a chunky, more rustic texture, go with the masher. For a smoother and creamier texture, go with the blender, just as I did here.
  • Mash or blend until desired consistency. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Top with pecans or walnuts, if you like, and serve!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

MAKE AHEAD MASHED SWEET POTATOES

  • This recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes can be completely prepared up to 2 days ahead. When completely cooled, place the mashed potatoes in an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Reheat in the oven, covered, at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes. If they look a bit dry, add some butter while they are hot and stir until mixed through.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes - How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Sweet potatoes and Yukon potatoes are mashed with butter, sour cream, cayenne pepper, and a sprinkle of light brown sugar.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American/Southern
Keyword: mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, side dish recipes, sweet potato recipe, thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 170 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk, you can also use heavy cream or half & half for a creamier texture
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish, optional
  • chopped pecans or walnuts, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes.
  2. Using a fork, poke a bunch of holes around each potato.
  3. Put all the potatoes in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  4. Transfer the bowl to the microwave and set the time to 12 minutes on HIGH. Cooking time depends on the number of potatoes and the size of your potatoes. Set the timer at 12 minutes on HIGH. When time is up, get an oven mitt and gently squeeze the sides of the potatoes. If still firm, continue to microwave for few more minutes. If the potatoes, or just one potato, opens up right away, take it out of the oven and continue with the rest.

  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, you have a choice to peel them, OR NOT. I don’t.
  6. Roughly break up the potatoes with the side of a fork or a butter knife.
  7. Add butter, sour cream, cayenne pepper, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  8. Stir in the milk.
  9. At this point, you will want to decide if you are going to use a potato masher or a hand blender. For a chunky, more rustic texture, go with the masher. For a smoother and creamier texture, go with the blender.
  10. Mash or blend until desired consistency. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  12. Top with pecans or walnuts, and serve.
Recipe Notes

MAKE AHEAD MASHED SWEET POTATOES

  • This recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes can be completely prepared up to 2 days ahead. When completely cooled, place the mashed potatoes in an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Reheat in the oven, covered, at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes. If they look a bit dry, add some butter while they are hot and stir until mixed through.

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Nutrition Facts
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 459mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 166.6%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 12.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Responses
  1. Holidays are coming and I need interesting recipes. I really like your Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe. It’s really unique! Of course I want to try because it is looks incredibly delicious! THANKS!

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