Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 25 minutes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a creamy, buttery, and yummy side dish! They go well with anything savory, like chicken, fish, or turkey. Plus, this recipe is very easy to make!

If you are looking for holiday side dishes, then, this recipe might just be what you are looking for! You can also check out Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples, Crack Corn Salad, and Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots!

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Mashed Sweet Potatoes could just be your replacement for the more common kind made from the white spuds. While both vegetables are associated with each other, they belong to different plant varieties. It is not unusual for both root vegetables to have a similar recipe, just like this one.

But why would you prefer one over the other? One key difference is the color. This recipe can yield a rich yellow-colored dish perfect for a festive holiday table.

Also, this type of spud is sweeter. You can make more savory recipes out of the white one, but this one has a natural sweetness to it that can be enhanced further by adding nutmeg and cinnamon.

So, if you want variation in your favorite comfort food, then, try this recipe now!

What are mashed sweet potatoes?

It is a delicious side dish made of a creamy mixture of spuds reduced to tiny bits until smooth. To mash, you can use a fork, a food processor, or a potato masher. Any will do as long as you achieve your desired consistency.

Are sweet potatoes healthy?

This type of spud has high levels of beta carotene that can get converted to vitamin A, something that is good for the eyes.

It is also fiber-rich making it hearty and you will feel satiated when you eat it. This is an advantage for those who want to lose weight.

While the vegetable is generally healthful, what you put in it can significantly add up on the total calories. So, consider that when adding toppings to this dish. Good thing is that a raw spud will set you back by only about 112 calories.

What do you need to make this recipe?

Aside from the spuds, you will only need a handful of easy-to-find ingredients such as the following:

  • salt
  • cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • butter
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • parsley

How do you make mashed sweet potatoes:

This easy recipe requires a few simple steps. Also, watch the recipe video tutorial attached and see easy it is. The steps are as follows:

  1. Simmer in water: Add the cubes to a large pan or Dutch oven, and add enough water to cover everything by an inch. Add salt and let the water simmer at medium-high heat. This will take about 9 to 12 minutes until the spuds are fork-tender.
  2. Mash and season: Drain the water and mash. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the parsley. Mix well. Mash again until your desired consistency.
  3. Serve: Top with butter and parsley (optional), then, serve.

How can you easily peel a raw sweet potato?

The skin will almost automatically fall off if you would boil the spuds first. Then, use a paring knife to peel off. This will work well with this recipe as you will eventually boil them, too, to soften them.

If you are to use it in other recipes, then, you can simply use a serrated peeler.

What to serve with mashed sweet potatoes?

This would be a perfect side dish to serve with:

Can you eat the skin of a sweet potato?

Yes! It provides great texture and it is the skin that is nutrient-dense in this vegetable. Just remember to scrub away dirt and wash thoroughly before using in any recipe.

How to store:

  • Refrigerate: You can put this in an airtight container once completely cooled, then, refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.
  • Freeze: Put a little bit of lemon juice to avoid discoloration while freezing. Put in airtight freezer bags and squeeze out the air before sealing. You can freeze this for 10 to 12 months.
  • Reheat: Thaw overnight in the fridge, and then, reheat in the microwave or stovetop. You may need to add more cream or butter to moisten it.

Recipe Tips:

  • Using a potato ricer to mash can make this dish fluffy.
  • You can top it with bacon bits, brown sugar with cinnamon and some walnuts, or cinnamon apples.
  • If you have leftovers, you can make a dessert out of them by following this recipe for ube muffins.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a creamy, buttery, and yummy side dish! They go well with anything savory, like chicken, fish, pork or turkey.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cream (or more)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish)


  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large saucepan or Dutch oven and add enough water to cover by about 1 inch.
  • Add salt and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Drain well the water, leaving only the potatoes in the pot over medium-low heat. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the sweet potatoes to your desired consistency.
  • Add melted butter, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Add greek yogurt and stir to combine. If needed add more cream.
  • Use a hand mixer to whisk the potatoes for about 1 minute to make them fluffier.
  • Serve, topped with cubed butter and parsley.



Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 24452IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg
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I am going to have to make this recipe. It looks so good. My husband loves anything with sweet potatoes.



I love sweet potatoes, definitely healthier and tastier than white potatoes!! I have never had mashed sweet potatoes, so thanks for sharing this!


Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

I love sweet potatoes because they are naturally sweet. I usually cook them in the oven just like a regular spud and never thought to make mashed potatoes with them.


Kristine Nicole Alessandra

This looks so good! I have not tried preparing sweet potatoes this way. Thanks for the recipe. I will have to make it this week. Looks like a perfect side for my soy-garlic porkchops!


sheenam @ thetwincookingproject

So perfect looking mashed potatoes. YUM!!


Heather Wilson

What kind of cream did u use ? Half and half, milk whipping cream , heavy cream. What ?


heavy cream and half and half work great


Linda English

Great recipe but I did make a couple of adjustments due to not having yogurt, so I subbed with Mexican crema, left out the cinnamon. I did not have maple syrup on hand. Also, I have found steaming your yams and/or sweet potatoes makes them very light and fluffy. Will make these again with your suggested ingredients but no one was unhappy with my subs.


Happy that you liked it, thanks for the feedback!


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