Our quick and easy Sweet Potato Mash Recipe is a great side dish, that’s made with 6 simple ingredients! They have the most smooth and creamy texture and a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup. Perfect for a family dinner night or add to your next holiday menu!
The Best Sweet Potato Mash Recipe
This simple recipe is delicious enough for your next holiday meal, but simple enough for an easy weeknight meal! This is definitely a family favorite recipe! Our family loves enjoying these easy mashed sweet potatoes when we don’t feel like regular mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower and it is always a hit with the kids. From roasted turkey to grilled chicken breasts, you can serve up this homemade sweet mash with just about anything!
What You Will Need
- whole sweet potatoes – you can find these at your local grocery store in the produce section. Fresh yams would also work great in this recipe card!
- kosher salt – a simple seasoning that is always a must when cooking just about anything.
- ghee – option to sub with regular butter or a plant-based butter.
- unsweetened almond milk – any plant-based milk would work to keep it dairy-free or use regular milk, if you want.
- ground cinnamon – a classic spice that pairs so well with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
- maple syrup – just a little bit for the perfect touch of sweetness!
- optional additions – fresh thyme, heavy cream, sour cream, black pepper, or roasted garlic.
How To Make Sweet Potato Mash
The first steps to making this easy mashed sweet potatoes recipe, is to grab a large knife and cut the whole potatoes in to large chunks.
Now, on medium-high heat, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Make sure you have enough water to cover all the potatoes. Then carefully add the chunks of sweet potato to the pot. Let the sweet potatoes cook for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
Next, drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the potatoes and mix/mash until they reach your desired texture. For best results, use a hand mixer to really get them perfectly smooth. Taste and add any additional salt or syrup, if needed.
What Pairs Well With Sweet Potato Mash
These classic mashed sweet potatoes will go well with just about anything! First, make sure you serve with plenty of butter or ghee, plus a sprinkling of fresh herbs for added flavor. Second, our whole family loves them, so you will frequently find them as a great addition to our Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. An easy side dish that always hits the spot! And they cook so quickly that we even serve them for a quick weeknight dinner with baked pork chops or cast iron chicken thighs.
- Dairy-free: the recipe card includes ghee, but to make it 100% dairy-free you can use a vegan butter.
- Do you peel sweet potatoes before cooking: up to you! They will be delicious either way. We have found that they tend to have a creamier texture when they are peeled but they don’t have to be! Do what you prefer or what you have time for.
- Storage: any leftover mashed sweet potatoes can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- Freezer: once the mashed potatoes have cooled you can keep them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 months!
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Sweet Potato Mash – a simple and delicious side dish that is easy enough for a busy weeknight dinner or add it to any holiday meals!
- 3 pounds of sweet potatoes (roughly 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes), cut into medium-sized chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons ghee
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- Bring a large saucepan or stock pot of water to boil.
- Add potatoes and allow to boil/simmer for 15 minutes or until very soft.
- Once potatoes are soft, drain in a collander, and place the potatoes in a medium/large bowl.
- Add salt, ghee, almond milk, cinnamon and maple syrup to the bowl.
- Using a hand mixer, combine ingredients on medium speed until potatoes are smooth.
- Taste and add additional maple syrup, as desired.
- Serve immediately.
- Peeled potatoes: Feel free to peel your potatoes or leave the skin on, whatever you prefer.
- Hand mixer: we love the smooth texture the hand mixer provides, but you can also use a potato masher or toss them in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Serving Size: 6oz
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 10.5 g
- Sodium: 152.4 mg
- Fat: 4.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 33.1 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 12.2 mg
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