Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe on

Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe on

A couple days ago, I met up with a fellow food blogger/photographer for dinner and we were waiting for the host to seat us. When she was finally ready for us, she started walking us to this loooong table, and of course the long table had 230498 people and kids and the lonesome two-top right beside it was ours. The family of 700 decided they’d lay all their jackets on our seats – which is perfectly fine because no one was occupying them. I totally would’ve done the same, but I would’ve also happily moved it all if someone were to get sat there. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The (insert mean word) lady looked at my friend and I, gave the stink eye, rolled her eyes, breathed out loud like what she had to do was manual labor, and moved the jackets. Why do people feel so entitled? I mean, it’s not like we purposely asked to sit there for her to move her stuff. We were just following the hostess. Anyway, we ended up saying to the hostess that we didn’t want to sit there after the stink the lady made about moving her family’s jackets, lol

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Ok, so when I was younger, my mom would always make sweet potatoes for my dad. He loved them. She would steam them for him and I honestly think he ate them raw – as in, no seasonings. Just enjoyed them the way they are naturally. My brother and I would always say, “eww gross,” and never ate them. So close-minded, lol…we would always say that potatoes were much better and that sweet potatoes were fake potatoes, haha

It’s so funny how you act and are opposed to so many different foods when you’re young. It makes me sad that one day my child will have a picky palate and I might not be able to get them to eat my favorite things, or might not even get them to just try it. That’s the hard part; I think if you at least try something, you might fall in love with it, otherwise you totally miss out. Like brussels sprouts! Fell in love with them and wish I hadn’t wasted 24 years of my life before trying them ;)

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Mashed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the traditional mashed potato!

Servings: 6
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half, or heavy cream or milk
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil then add the sweet potatoes to the pot. Cook the sweet potatoes until they're fork tender.
  2. Carefully drain the sweet potatoes then place them in a large bowl. Using a potato ricer, a potato masher, or just a fork, mash the potatoes to your desired consistency. If you want more texture, you'll likely want to use the potato masher and fork (like I did).
  3. Stir in the butter, half-and-half, and salt.
  4. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

If making paleo, use almond or coconut milk.


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Posted on November 15, 2013

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 11/15/2013 at 8:36 am

    Cute story about the ‘fake potatoes’, Julie! Kids. We just didn’t appreciate good food. Thank goodness palates evolve. Sweet potatoes are a staple in our house for everyday. We have them at least twice a week for dinner and do sweet potato hash browns for breakfast or brunch on the weekends. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend! Will be pinning!

  2. 11/15/2013 at 9:20 am

    Simple and sensational, Julie! Love the color pop here!

  3. 11/15/2013 at 9:33 am

    I used to not be crazy about sweet potatoes, but I have grown to love them. I have to admit that I am the only one out of the 4 in my family who will eat them, but I am hoping that my girls grow into it :) THis big buttery bowl looks amazing!

  4. 11/15/2013 at 10:14 am

    So simple and yet always good!

  5. Susan
    11/15/2013 at 12:05 pm

    As an older person living alone, sweet potatoes can be a great meal for me.I just bake them (and bake them and bake them and they rarely get over done) and slit the top, add lots of butter, salt and pepper and dig in. They’re really filling and really, really good! Just remember to poke them first with a fork and just sit them on a small piece of foil, as they do leak. (I’ve had one explode and never, ever want to experience THAT again!) It may not be a balanced meal, but I know I’m getting lots of nutrients. The Native Americans used to call sweet potatoes and squash, blood food.

    Your recipe looks and sounds marvelous, Julie.

  6. Candice
    11/15/2013 at 12:11 pm

    Perfect timing for this recipe! I have a Thanksgiving gathering with friends next week and have been trying to figure out what to make. This is perfect!

  7. 11/15/2013 at 1:10 pm

    Love this! Sweet potatoes are my favorite kind of potatoe – can’t wait to try this recipe!

  8. SherryB
    11/15/2013 at 2:27 pm

    What a wonderful photo!! We eat lots of sweet potatoes at our house–baked, mashed, roasted, you name it. But for holidays we jazz them up a bit. To basic mashed sweet potatoes we add orange zest, a little orange juice, a little butter, and pineapple tidbits. So fresh tasting!

  9. 11/15/2013 at 5:27 pm

    One of my all time favorites!

  10. 11/15/2013 at 10:49 pm

    I can’t get enough sweet potatoes, they are always a welcome site on our dinner table!

  11. 11/16/2013 at 12:11 am

    I love the extra touch of color these would add do the dinner table!

  12. 11/16/2013 at 1:14 am

    Yes please to sweet potatoes!

  13. Sarah
    11/16/2013 at 1:23 am

    I had the same brussel sprout conversion! And I don’t think I ever ate a sweet potato growing up. So sad. This dish looks like one to have on my thanksgiving menu. Thanks for sharing!

    • 11/17/2013 at 10:13 am

      I hope you add it to your menu, Sarah! Enjoy!

  14. 11/16/2013 at 7:59 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving side ~ especially with that pat of butter!

  15. 11/17/2013 at 12:57 am

    I hate when people are so rude like that. My husband and have been doing more and more take-out from our favorite places as we don’t like so many people. The whole “get off my lawn” mentality like I am 90 years old.

    Love sweet potatoes, but I’m the only one in my house. I might just have to make them for myself!

  16. 11/17/2013 at 11:39 am

    Hehe love the story about dinner and the jacket lady :) I am really bad at trying new things… seriously. Its sad… and I call myself a “foodie”. Lets just put it this way, I am really passionate about the food I do like LOL. And I LOVE sweet potatoes!!!!!! Adam does too! I have made them with a touch of orange juice too! Yummy food and perfect for this time of year!

  17. I hate when people behave like it, so mean. Did you have a good meal anyway? I never had mashed sweet potatoes. I ate sweet potatoes maybe 3 times in my life, need to change it.

  18. 11/18/2013 at 11:59 pm

    Now this is my kind of side dish! Love these flavors!

  19. 11/20/2013 at 1:10 am

    YUM! These look to die for. One of my favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes by far :)

  20. 11/24/2013 at 2:29 am

    Oohh, sweet potatoes are one of my favorites! I really love the Chinese sweet potato soup with ginger. =)

  21. 11/27/2013 at 3:08 pm

    I’m crazy for sweet potatoes on thanksgiving! It isn’t thanksgiving without them :)

  22. 12/20/2013 at 2:07 am

    I just looking for sweet potato recipe at Pinterest and found your blog. Very simple and looks delicious. I’ll try it. Regards Amallia

    • 12/20/2013 at 8:15 pm

      I hope you enjoy, Amallia. Glad to have you here!

  23. Debi
    11/25/2015 at 10:53 am

    I was wondering how to cook sweet potatoes. .I do cook them in the oven wrapped in foil but wanted to make them mashed..I’m going to add a little pinch of sugar n cinnamon to make it taste like it was baked.. Happy Thanksgiving. .

  24. Kathie
    11/28/2015 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a hit. I love them. P.S. Found it via Pinterest.

  25. Cameron
    01/05/2016 at 4:26 pm

    Looks delicious! If using salted butter, how much should I reduce the salt?

    • Julie
      01/06/2016 at 6:47 am

      I would reduce the salt but 1/2 teaspoon but I would definitely slowly add it and keep tasting to make sure it’s not too salty for you.

  26. Emily
    11/22/2016 at 11:31 pm

    Can I make these the guy and bake them the next day? I’d love to try them thanksgiving

    • Julie
      11/23/2016 at 6:53 am

      They might be a little dry so I would add a little more liquid in prior to re-baking.

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