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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Enjoy the honeyed flavor and velvety texture of these colorful sweet potatoes. Their buttery flesh and sweet taste make them enjoyable simply mashed. Serve mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish to your favorite main dish, and you'll have them perfected by the time the holidays roll around.

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, 2007


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan.
    Fill with enough water to come just
    below basket; bring to a boil, then reduce
    to a gentle simmer. Place sweet potatoes in steamer basket and cover; steam until tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Drain, and return to saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan,
    bring half-and-half, butter, and brown sugar to a simmer, stirring to combine; remove from heat. Add to drained sweet potatoes, and mash
    just until smooth; season with salt and

Reviews (12)

  • VanessasKitchen 4 Dec, 2010

    Yum, Yum, YUM! I served these at Thanksgiving, but I plan to make them often as a side dish for dinner. If they weren't for a special occasion, I'd have omitted the half-and-half and butter and added milk, however this version is very decadent and delicious.

  • sheryll_rufus 13 Nov, 2010

    I don't need or like the brown sugar in my mashed sweet potatoes.. They are sweet enough on their own. And I never buy anything but Fat Free Half

  • erinye 17 Feb, 2010

    It was a great side dish that could have also just as easily been a desert! Maybe I added too much cream, but mine came out super duper rich. Velvety texture. Nirvana.

  • SpringSnoopy 8 Dec, 2008

    CORRECTION to BELOW COMMENT: You don't have to steam. You may boil them for about 20-25 minutes just like regular potatoes.

  • SpringSnoopy 2 Dec, 2008

    Excellent! You also don't have to steam. You may boil them for about 15 minutes just like regular potatoes.

  • marcybmom 2 Dec, 2008

    This is super easy to make! Sooo good too!

  • cwrw99 28 Nov, 2008

    I never peel my sweet potatoes. I boil sweet potatoes first, then skin peel comes off by rubbing my hands over potatoes. What do you think? I get big potatoes, so easy to get skin off.

  • Jintina 18 Nov, 2008

    I make mashed sweet potatoes kicked up a notch by placing them in a casserole dish and cover with mini marsmellows. (Not to the top as they do expand.) Then place in a 350-degree oven till the marsmellows have turned golden brown. The sweet and savory go well together. Gintina

  • sarahbell02 10 Jul, 2008


  • sarahbell02 10 Jul, 2008


  • TexasNantz 4 Jan, 2008

    This was "Slap yo momma" good. I almost swooned! I added about 1 tsp of chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper. It really added a nice undertone that cut through the sweetness. It was great with roast pork and green beans!

  • krisx2 10 Nov, 2007

    Fantastic and simple! Even my husband liked this, and he doesn't generally eat his vegetables.

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