If you are looking for a Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe that is easy to make and tastes wonderful, then this is it! The rich and creamy sweet potato mash is the perfect side dish for just about any holiday meal. However, they’re so quick and simple, you’ll want to enjoy them throughout the year.
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Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
Sweet potatoes taste just like they sound, sweet. Serving up mashed sweet potatoes in lieu of the traditional mashed potatoes made with white potatoes makes a great alternative side dish option.
The smooth, creamy mash is full of flavor thanks to the thyme, cinnamon, and allspice! The dish can be finished off in two ways – topped with walnuts for a satisfying crunch, or the addition of a dollop of whipped cream cheese (the recipe for this is included).
There is often argument about which potato is healthier – sweet or white – and the simple fact is they are both a healthy source of carbohydrates and are pretty close in calories too.
However, there is more fiber in a sweet potato, and they are also high in vitamin A. Both types are good sources of vitamins B6 and C. Read for more info about the nutrition of sweet potatoes vs white potatoes.
Ultimately, this recipe is for a rich and creamy mashed sweet potato and uses butter, cream cheese, and half and half (single cream). It is a real treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.
For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon if available online.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground All-Spice – not ALL the spices but the dried unripe berry of Pimenta dioica tree. Often used in Jamaican and West Indian cuisine.
- Walnut Halves – one of the optional toppings, toast them to bring out their flavor.
This recipe uses weighted measures (both imperial and metric are provided) so a kitchen food scale is a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have, along with American cups. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.
More Recipes Using Sweet Potatoes
The hero ingredients in this recipe is of course sweet potatoes, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Sweet Potato & Halloumi Burgers
- Baked Sweet Potato with Herb Yogurt Topping
- Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges
More Side Dish Recipes
Looking for more side dishes? Check these recipes out next:
- Rustic Roasted Potatoes with Garlic, Rosemary & Lemon
- Italian Roasted Vegetable Recipe
- Roasted Apple Cauliflower Mash with Crispy Brussels Sprouts
How Do I Make Mashed Sweet Potato?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 oz / 100g cream cheese, softened
- 2-3 Tbsp half and half (single cream)
- 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, minced
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Walnuts halves, toasted
- Whipped cream cheese - recipe below
Whipped Cream Cheese
- 4 oz / 100g cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tbsp half and half (single cream)
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.
- Add butter, cream cheese, and half & half to the sweet potatoes and mash with an immersion blender or a hand-held mixer. For a thinner consistency, add more half & half, if desired.
- Once the potatoes are creamy, stir in thyme leaves, cinnamon, and allspice until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately topped with a spoonful of whipped cream cheese and/or toasted walnuts, if desired. Enjoy!
- To make whipped cream cheese, place the ingredients in a bowl and with an immersion blender or hand-held mixer blend until light and fluffy. Cover and store any leftovers in the refrigerator and use wherever you enjoy regular cream cheese.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the side, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal!
- Appetizer: One-Pot Easy Beer Cheese Soup Recipe
- Main Dish: Sheet Pan Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe
- Beverage: Christmas Margaritas
- Dessert: Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cupcakes
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!