Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash is a creamy, delicious, savory side dish, and it’s easy to make. With only 4 ingredients and 30 minutes time, you will have the perfect compliment to any meal.

Sweet Potato Mash

While a typical favorite during the holidays, this side dish is scrumptious all year.

Typical sweet potato recipes add ingredients to sweeten it even more, but they are actually sweet enough on their own.

No brown sugar, marshmallows, or maple syrup needed.

In fact, you can steer it into the “healthy” lane by switching out the half-and-half and replacing it with almond milk.

If, however, you’re looking for a side dish that could second as a dessert, check out this recipe for Sweet Potato Praline Crumble. It’s amazing!

A savory side dish perfect for holidays or with any main dish.

Making Sweet Potato Mash

In a large pot, fill halfway with cold water and about a tablespoon of salt.

Make sure there is enough water to completely cover the potatoes while they cook.

Peel and cut the potatoes.

Specifically, when cutting the sweet potatoes into pieces, try to cut them to relatively the same size.

They are more likely to cook evenly that way.

Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium, or at a low boil.

Stir at least once or twice during the cooking time, which is 10 – 15 minutes.

Then, check for doneness with a fork. The sweet potatoes should be nice and tender.

In other words, the fork should easily pierce the potato.

If the fork won’t go into it, it’s too hard and needs to cook longer. If it falls apart, they’re over-cooked.

Start checking at the 10 minute mark, then wait until they are fork-tender. Perfect!

Sweet Potato Mash

Drain the potatoes.

On low heat, return the potatoes to the pot, and mash until smooth and creamy.

Then add the half-n-half, melted butter, salt, and pepper.

You can use a hand-masher, or electric beaters. Hand mashers work best.

Electric beaters might give you a slightly creamier texture, but be careful not to over-work them, else they become gummy.

To serve, sprinkle some diced parsley over the top and/or a pat of butter.

Creamy and fluffy sweet potatoes in this delicious side dish.

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Sweet Potato Mash

A delicious and savory side dish made with sweet potatoes and half-n-half.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holidays, quick and easy, savory
Servings: 6
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup half-n-half, (see Notes)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a large pot with salted water bring sweet potato pieces to a boil. There should be enough water to cover the potatoes. Reduce heat to medium and cook until fork-tender, 10 - 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Return sweet potatoes to pot on low heat. Mash until smooth and creamy. Add half-and-half, melted butter, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!


The half-n-half can be substituted for whole milk, soy milk, any nut milk, or even buttermilk.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32672IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg
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Sweet Potato Mash

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