Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Up until now I thought that making mashed sweet potatoes was kind of a pain, I mean first you have to roast them for what seems like for ever. Then, you’re trying to manage a potato that’s 425ºF whilst trying to scrape out the roasted insides into a mixing bowl which inevitably leaves me with a burn or two. Or you can try boiling them like regular potatoes only to be left with a watery mess. Needless to say, we haven’t eaten a lot of mashed sweet potatoes, but not for the lack of liking that’s for sure.

But… just recently I read about a technique in Cook’s Illustrated, (they really are the best at solving kitchen dilemmas aren’t they?) where you simmer chunks of sweet potato with a bit of butter and cream (or milk) until the potatoes are tender. Then you simply mash them into the best mashed sweet potatoes of your life! This method yields the best, richest flavored mashed sweet potatoes I’ve ever made, and they’re super smooth with no lumps. Best of all they’re also the easiest mashed sweet potatoes I’ve ever made!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is what they look like right after they’ve been simmered.

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

I’ve found it’s best to mash these with an electric mixer because it yields the smoothest results, but if you don’t mind a few lumps, you can mash them by hand.

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

These would be perfect served alongside my Honey Mustard Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin or this Simple Herb Roasted Chicken. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed these mashed potatoes reheated with an over easy egg on top for breakfast!

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Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday! - lightly adapted from Cook's Illustrated
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 1 stick, 8 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk of your choice


  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into chunks about 1″x1″ trying to keep them as even as possible so that they cook evenly.
  2. Place the cut up potatoes into a large pot with the butter, sea salt, and cream. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to low heat. Simmer until the sweet potatoes are completely tender, 40-45 minutes, stirring 5-6 times throughout the cooking time.
  3. When the potatoes are tender, mash them until they’re smooth in an electric mixer.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. If you have leftovers, they reheat perfectly in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly.


8 thoughts on “Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes”

    • I haven’t tried it myself, but I think it would work just fine. I would try spreading the mashed potatoes about 2″ deep in a baking pan, cover with a oven proof lid or foil, and bake at 325º-350ºF until they’re piping hot. If they’re coming straight from the refrigerator, my guess would be about 20-30 minutes until they’re fully reheated. I hope this works for you, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  1. Hello! I hope you’re having a good week. Your sweet potato recipe looked so tasty that I’ve linked to it my latest post on BuzzFeed. It would be great if you could stop by and upvote it, and also share it on your social media!

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    I loved the recipe and I hope share more of your posts in the future. Have great day! 🙂

    BTW: I like to make my white potatoes this way. It’s quite yummy.

  2. I love the idea of replacing traditional white potatoes with sweet potatoes this year. Christmas is always beyond stressful, 2 kids and 2 dogs in the car. First we travel to MIL’s house, have to bring a dish. Eat fast. And rush off an hour away to my mom’s house. Have to bring a dish. Need something that warms up good and can be stored in the car. White potatoes are kind of icky warmed up, no matter how many tricks you try. Ready for change! Thanks. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!!

    • Your Christmas does sound a bit stressful, but I know these mashed potatoes will be perfect for your schedule because I just reheated some again last night from a huge batch I made over the weekend and you can’t even tell that they’re reheated!

  3. Whoa. Simmering sweet potatoes in cream instead of water? Who comes up with these genius things?

    I’m kind of obsessed with sweet taters, but I’ve never been able to make a recipe that I loved for mashed sweet taters. This may be it. As soon as I’m back from vacation, I’m definitely hitting this recipe up!

    • Cook’s Illustrated is amazing for figuring out the perfect solutions to all sorts of kitchen problems! Let me know how it goes when you get some time to make these, and I hope you’re having an awesome vacation!


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