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Ultra creamy mashed sweet potatoes (made sweet or savory), perfect for the holidays and made with just 3-4 ingredients!  Great to make ahead too! #sweetpotato #mashed #sweetpotatoes #thanksgiving #holiday #sidedish #easyrecipe #makeahead
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5 from 8 votes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy and rich, these mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect dinner side dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday side dish recipe, sweet potato recipe, thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 272kcal


  • 4 lbs sweet potatoes (approximately 8-9 sweet potatoes)
  • 5-6 Tbsp butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/3-1/2 cup half and half or milk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a small knife or tines of a fork. Line a baking sheet with foil and bake at 425 F degrees for 45-50 minutes.
  • Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the flesh into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add butter and mash with a potato masher or hand mixer. Mix in half and half a few tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Stir in salt and pepper.


Alternately, sweet potatoes can be baked in the air fryer or boiled.
To boil, slice raw sweet potatoes into 2" pieces.  Bring a large, salted pot of water to a boil, then add potatoes.  Boil for about 15 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.
Drain in a colander, then add back to the hot pot to remove any excess liquid.
Add sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl, then proceed with step 3.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32433IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg