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, October 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 pepper.


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