Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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No need to wait for the holidays to enjoy these rich and creamy mashed sweet potatoes! With just five simple ingredients, you can whip up a side dish that everyone will love.

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Looking to add something new and exciting to your dinner table? It’s time to give mashed sweet potatoes a try. Not only do they offer an amazing blend of savory and sweet flavors, but these vegetables are also packed with nutritional benefits. They are high in fiber, iron, and calcium, as well as vitamins B and C. Additionally, they are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. For more sweet potato recipes, be sure to check out my sweet potato casserole!

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients for Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet Potatoes: Unlike yams, sweet potatoes have red skin and orange flesh. Yams have brown skin and white flesh that resembles tree bark. Both are starchy, but sweet potatoes are much sweeter.
  • Milk: Whole milk is used in this recipe, but for a creamier texture, you can use heavy cream.
  • Butter: Both salted and unsalted butter work fine. You can adjust the salt levels at the end if needed.
  • Maple Syrup: Ensure the label reads 100% pure maple syrup.

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

How to Peel and Slice a Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes often have tougher skin than regular potatoes. Here are some tips to make peeling and slicing easier:

  1. Wash: Rinse the potatoes in warm water to help soften the skin. Scrubbing them can also help.
  2. Trim: Cut off any rough or ‘woody’ ends.
  3. Peel: Use a serrated or regular peeler, peeling from root to tip.
  4. Slice: Once peeled, cut the potatoes evenly to ensure uniform cooking.

Can I Peel and Cut Sweet Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Yes! If preparing for the holidays, you can peel the potatoes a day in advance. Keep the peeled sweet potatoes in a bowl of cold water. Before cooking, dry them with a paper towel to reduce any bacteria.

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 5-6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup milk (120 ml)
  • ½ cup butter (110 g)
  • ¾ cup maple syrup (180 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (5 g)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add sweet potatoes and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Simmer until tender, about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and drain.
  5. Using a hand mixer, blend sweet potatoes until smooth.
  6. With the mixer on low, add in milk, butter, and maple syrup.
  7. Mix well and serve topped with butter and salt.

Enjoy this delicious and nutritious side dish any time of the year!

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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