Creamy and delicious while both sweet and savory, this mashed sweet potato recipe is easy to make and is the perfect side dish to accompany any weeknight dinner. And if you're looking for sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, this recipe is deliciously irresistible! A true crowd pleaser!
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite root vegetables. Not only are they healthy, but they also taste amazing and are extremely versatile. They're tender, sweet, and delicious and they work extremely well in so many recipes like these Sweet Potato and Kale Patties. Sweet potatoes can be baked, mashed, boiled, or roasted, and can either be sweet, savory, or both. Personally, I love a good sweet potato that has been mashed. You're going to love this recipe version because they are both sweet and savory!
Why This Recipe Works
1. If you're looking for an easy mashed sweet potatoes recipe, then you're in the right place! It only takes 30 minutes to make, start to finish!
2. Typically when you think about making mashed sweet potatoes, it involves peeling them, boiling until soft, and then adding in the brown sugar and spices to mash. That's not how I make this version. This recipe has such an amazing taste because I boil the sweet potatoes with the whole cloves and the cinnamon stick!
3. If you're looking for holiday side dishes, then this is the perfect Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe everyone will enjoy. It satisfies both the sweet and savory flavors people look for with a holiday meal. And, they pair perfectly with turkey, chicken, roast, and pork.
4. I top these off with a buttery spiced glaze made with cinnamon and clove. This is what sets this sweet potato mash apart from all the other recipes out there!
Ingredients You'll Need
The main ingredients you need to make these sweet potatoes taste both sweet and savory are butter and brown sugar. I use salted butter to help cut the sweet a little. I add a cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and brown sugar while I'm boiling the sweet potatoes. This adds a depth of flavor you won't find in other recipes. The ground cinnamon and clove are used in the sweet potato glaze.
Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions
First, peel the sweet potatoes. Expert Tip: I like to leave just a little bit of the peelings on for texture purposes. Also, there are a lot of nutrients in the peelings. That's my preference though. Feel free to completely peel the potato if you want.
Boil the diced potatoes in a large pot with 2 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, and brown sugar. Preparing them this way helps both the spice and sweetness really penetrate into the vegetable while they boil.
They will be done after about 20 minutes of boiling. They need to be almost falling apart. Using a colander, drain the potatoes. Discard the cinnamon stick and whole cloves. Pour the potatoes into a large bowl and set aside.
Now it's time to make the spice glaze. In a small saucepan, melt the butter along with the salt, ground cinnamon, and ground clove.
Once the butter mixture is well mixed, pour over the cooked sweet potatoes and then mash.
These are the 4 most popular ways to mash potatoes.
1. Lumpy - For this recipe, I like to take a hand held masher and press until they are slightly mashed. This method allows for some texture in each bite.
2. Creamy - If you want them super creamy, use an electric or standing mixer and mix on medium speed until smooth.
3. Puree - For the softest and lightest consistency, use a blender or food processor and puree. Sweet potato puree can be used for pie filling, baby food, and more.
4. Smashed - For a more solid form, lightly take a fork and press down.
Yes! After you've smashed the sweet potatoes and once they've changed completely cooled, add the mixture to a plastic sealable bag and flatten. Lay the bag flat in the freezer and store for up to 3 months. When you're ready reheat, place the bag in the refrigerator to thaw. Once it is completely thawed, warm them up in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stovetop.
- Sprinkle on more brown sugar.
- Add chopped pecans.
- Top with more butter. This provides a more savory flavor.
- Add some raisins.
- Spread and melt marshmallows on top.
There is a difference between yams and sweet potatoes. But what you see in your local grocery store aren't yams; they're sweet potatoes. Yams have a super bumpy texture that looks like tree bark. Yams also taste a lot like russet potatoes and are hard to find in the United States unless you go to a specialty grocery store. What you're seeing at your local grocer are white sweet potatoes. They come in a variety of colors such as purple, white, and orange.
More Potato Recipes You'll Love
I love potatoes and I'm constantly making new recipes to try out different variations. I grew up on these Homemade Mashed Potatoes. My mom made them at least 4 nights a week to pair with chicken or pork. They are easy to make and taste so good that I still make them for my family. I also love these Slow Cooker Herb Roasted Garlic Potatoes because they require no effort at all on my end. I add the ingredients to the slow cooker and let it do all the hard work. The flavor of these little gemstone potatoes is out of this world delicious!
These Zesty Italian Potatoes are an excellent choice when serving burgers or a BBQ pulled chicken sandwich. These seasoned potatoes are full of flavor, have a crispy texture, and super easy to make! And if you smoke meat, then try smoking these Garlic and Herb Smoked Potatoes! They pair perfectly with my smoked turkey breast or smoked ham!
I can’t wait to hear how this recipe turned out for you! If you’ve tried this or any other recipe of mine on the website, make sure you rate the recipe. You can also leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!
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Easy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
- 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves, whole
- 6 Tablespoons butter, salted
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.
- Rinse well and set aside. In a large pot, combine the sweet potato chunks, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves.
- Add enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring potatoes to a boil, until they become tender (about 20 minutes).
- When done, drain the potatoes and add them to a large mixing bowl and set aside. Discard the cinnamon stick and the 2 whole cloves.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the ground cinnamon, salt, and ground clove.
- Once your butter mixture is well mixed, pour the butter mixture over the cooked sweet potatoes and mash with a hand masher or electric mixer until the desired consistency.
- Top with your favorite toppings, such as pecans, raisins, and marshmallows and serve.
- Lumpy - For this recipe, I like to take a hand held masher and press until slightly mashed. This method allows for some texture in each bite.
- Creamy - If you want them super creamy, grab an electric or standing mixer and mix on medium speed until smooth.
- Puree - For the softest and lightest consistency, grab a blender or food processor and puree. Sweet potato puree can be used for pie filling, baby food, and more.
- Smashed - For a more solid form, lightly take a fork and press down.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in November 2017, but was re-published with updated step-by-step instructions, pictures, and FAQs in September 2021.