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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

Mashed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the traditional mashed potato!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 ½ pounds (1134 g) large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoon (42 g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) half-and-half, or heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

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  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Stir in the butter, half-and-half, and salt.
  • Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

If making paleo, use almond or coconut milk.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 226 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 19 mg | Sodium: 496 mg | Potassium: 652 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 8 g

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving

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Recipe Rating

Luther H.

Monday 30th of March 2020

This recipe proves that you do not need to add sugar to have delicious mashed sweet potatoes. I used milk and just a bit of salt and they were wonderful. Plus they warm over perfectly in the microwave. This recipee is a keeper.

RoseMary Hunter

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Your recipe sounds and look simple enough. I wish that the listings for sodium and the others were shown. I have one very large sweet potato and I'm trying to find a way to cook it. I will try this recipe.


Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

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


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

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


Tuesday 5th of January 2016

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


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

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.


Saturday 28th of November 2015

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.