This creamy mashed sweet potatoes make the most delicious savoury and sweet, healthy side dish. Coming together with just a few ingredients, these creamy potatoes are perfect for any main course any day of the week.
Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
While many families enjoy mashed potato, this delicious mash made from sweet potato offers a rich flavour mash that is irresistible.
Due to their natural silky smooth texture, sweet potatoes mixed with a touch of milk, butter and a hint of cinnamon, create a delicious side dish that sets off any main meal.
Cooking Sweet Potatoes
The easiest way to cook the sweet potatoes is to boil them, though you can bake them, cook them in the microwave or in the pressure cooker if you prefer.
To boil the sweet potatoes:
- Peel the sweet potatoes and wash them.
- Dice them into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces.
- Boil in water until they are fork tender.
- Drain and place them in a bowl ready for mashing.
Mashing Sweet Potatoes
Once your sweet potatoes are warm and fork tender, it is time to mash them up.
If you prefer a chunky mash, use a fork or a hand masher to mash the potatoes.
For a smooth mash, process in a food processor until they are mashed – too much and they will turn to a purée.
Creamy Sweet Potatoes
To make this creamy sweet potato recipe, add butter and milk – you could also use thickened cream, sour cream or even Green yoghurt – to your potatoes with the cinnamon.
Mash, adding more milk if needed for a smoother, fluffier mash.
Add salt and pepper and taste.
Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
Sweet Potato Mash Flavours
This recipe is for a creamy, sweetish sweet potato in which a little ground cinnamon has been added. You can also try:
- A delicious herby sweet potato, adding sautéed garlic and chives, parsley and thyme to the mash mixture.
- For a spicy variation, try adding ¼ teaspoon of each of these spices to your mash – chilli powder, smoked paprika, and ground coriander.
- A lovely alternative is to sprinkle diced bacon on top of the mashed potato.
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup can be added to the mash for a sweeter sweet potato mash.
Freezing sweet potato mash
Sweet potato mash can be made 3 to 4 days in advance. Just keep in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
They can also be frozen for you to five months. To reheat, place the container in the fridge over to thaw, they add the mash to an ovenproof dish and reheat in the oven 180˚C (350˚F) for around 15 – 20 minutes, until it is warmed through. For a creamier finish, add a little milk and stir through.
Frozen sweet potato can also be reheated in the microwave in a microwavable bowl until warmed through. It is best to reheat in 30 second increments so not to overheat the mash.
Enjoy Sweet Potato Mash with these mains
More Sweet Potato Recipes
- Loaded Taco Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Sweet Potato and Bacon Slice
Sweet Potato is an easy to grow vegetable too. Learn how to grow sweet potato here.
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Cooking the Sweet Potato
- 2 kg (4 lbs) sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp salt, optional
Making the Creamy Mixture
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
- 1/4 cup milk, or thickened cream or sour cream
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- salt and pepper, to taste
- freshly chopped parsley, optional garnish
Cooking the Sweet Potato
- Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 2 cm cubes.
- Place the sweet potato into a large pot and cover with water by about 2.5 cm or 1 inch.
- Season with the tsp of salt (optional) and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until fork tender. This could take around 12 - 17 mins.
- Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain.
- The sweet potatoes can also be baked, cooked in the microwave or in the pressure cooker if you prefer.
- Add the butter, the milk (or cream), and cinnamon to the potatoes.
- Mash with a potato masker until smooth. Add more cream or milk if needed for a smoother, fluffier mash. You can use a food processor and pulse until your desired consistency.
- Add pepper and salt to taste, mixing through.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
- Mashed sweet potatoes can be made 3 to 4 days in advance. Make sure to keep them covered in an airtight container in the fridge.
- They can also be frozen for up to one month. To prevent browning when doing this, add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
- If you prefer sweeter mashed potatoes, try adding 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup before mashing.