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Mashed Sweet Potatoes. These sweet, creamy potatoes are swirled with maple syrup and sprinkled with salt. The salty sweet flavor makes these the BEST side dish recipe! 

These mashed sweet potatoes are a fun, easy to make side dish that are perfect for any Fall or Holiday meal. Serve alongside some squash casserole, or on the side of these Grilled Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Chops and finish the meal with some Apple Pecan Crisp for the perfect Fall meal! 

mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Hey y’all! Serene from House of Yumm with you today to share these Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I LOVE a good potato side dish, and these are everything you could ever hope for from a sweet potato. Roasting the potatoes gives a wonderful flavor to the finished dish. The swirl of maple syrup really accentuates the natural flavors. Plus the additional sprinkle of sea salt gives the BEST sweet, salty flavor combination.

How to make Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

How do you cook Sweet Potatoes?

The best flavor for mashed sweet potatoes comes when you roast your sweet potatoes. If you prefer, you can also boil them, which is a quicker method. 

To roast the sweet potatoes:

  • Rinse and completely dry the sweet potatoes. Poke the potatoes with a fork about 4 times. 
  • Lay the potatoes on a large baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. 
  • Bake for about 1 hour at 400 degrees. Potatoes should be fork tender.
  • Once done, let the potatoes cool slightly and then remove the skins, they will easily peel off, and this can be done with your fingers. 
  • Give the potatoes a quick chop and add to a large bowl for mashing. 

To boil the sweet potatoes:

  • Peel and chop the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. 
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  • Add the potatoes and boil for about 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender. 
  • Strain the water out and add the potatoes to a large bowl for mashing.

cooking sweet potatoes

How to mash sweet potatoes:

Sweet potatoes can be mashed using several methods. It comes down to preference. 

Hand mashing:

Using either of these methods will leave you with a rustic style mash, a mix of creamy potatoes with sweet chunks mixed in. 

  • Fork 
  • Potato Masher

Mashing with appliances:

Using either of these will leave you with epically smooth and creamy mashed sweet potatoes.

  • Mixer
  • Food Processor


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How do you season Mashed Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes can go either the sweet or savory route. Although, I LOVE the sweet and salty combination of the recipe included below. If you’re looking for some other options here’s some ideas for you. Simply follow the recipe, but instead of adding in the maple syrup in this recipe add any of the following ideas:

Savory seasonings:

  • Fresh Herbs: parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary,
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion 
  • Chipotle or chili powder

Sweet Seasonings:

  • Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • Honey
  • Candied Pecans
  • Browned Butter

mashed sweet potatoes

Can you freeze mashed sweet potatoes?

This Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe can be frozen. If you make a large batch and are wanting to save them for a later date add the finished sweet potatoes into a large freezer resealable bag or a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 6 months. 

To reheat, place the potatoes in the refrigerator overnight to thaw out. Then add the mashed sweet potatoes to a casserole dish to reheat in the oven. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until warmed through. You may need to add a bit more milk to the mashed sweet potatoes to get the right consistency. 

Other Fall Inspired recipes you may enjoy:

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

By: Serene Herrera
Mashed Sweet Potatoes. These sweet, creamy potatoes are swirled with maple syrup and sprinkled with salt. The salty sweet flavor makes these the BEST side dish recipe! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8



  • additional maple syrup
  • flakey salt (like Maldon Sea Salt Flakes)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Scrub the sweet potatoes clean with water, then dry them completely.
  • Lay the potatoes on the baking sheet and poke holes in the top of the potatoes with a fork.
  • Bake potatoes for 60 minutes rotating the pan halfway through if needed to ensure even cooking in the oven. 
  • Test the potatoes to ensure they are fork tender. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove the skin from the potatoes. Give the potatoes a quick large chop. Add the potatoes to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the butter and maple syrup. Mash the potatoes. 
  • Pour the milk in gradually while mashing to get desired texture/creaminess. Add salt to taste.
  • Top with additional maple syrup and flakey sea salt if desired.
  • Serve warm and enjoy.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 24233IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Serene Herrera

Home cook, photographer, mother and lover of food. I love taking simple ingredients and creating delicious meals or sweet treats that the entire family will love, all with a hint of Texas charm.

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