Sweet Potato Mash

mashed sweet potato in a bowl with green onion

So much more than a pie filling, sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile and delicious. From the Japanese candied daigaku imo to West African peanut stew, sweet potato recipes run aplenty. This sweet potato mash recipe is super easy, and the best way to quickly use up those taters sitting in the back of your pantry.

I find sweet potato mash to be a good substitute for regular mashed potatoes if you are going for a good steak side dish. However due to the lightness and sweetness, you can use this mash in recipes where the regular counterpart doesn’t work, like on a crostini for example.

How To Make Sweet Potato Mash

sweet potato mash ingredients on a table, top down photo

There are only a few ingredients to make the best mashed sweet potatoes ever. And I promise you people will be asking for the recipe. Of course everyone can guess butter, salt, and pepper. But the mustard and sour cream and so much extra richness!

Best Mashed Sweet Potato Ingredients

2 large Sweet Potatoes – try to get red skinned/orange flesh sweet potatoes. The African yellow sweet potatoes are more dense, and the Asian sweet potatoes are too sweet (in my opinion). The standard American sweet potato works best for the mash.

2 tbsp Butter

1 tsp Black Pepper – freshly cracked

2 tbsp Sour Cream – as you can see in the photo I used smetana which is an Eastern European type of sour cream which is a bit richer than standard American sour cream due to the higher milkfat content. If you can’t find smetana then regular sour cream will work fine.

1 tsp Dijon Mustard – I love the kick a good Dijon mustard adds to any mashed potato recipe, and it definitely works well with sweet potatoes.

Salt – for the water

sweet potato chunks in a pot of water on a stovetop

The first thing to do is to peel and cube your sweet potatoes. This will help them boil faster. Add all the pieces to a pot and then add enough water to cover them. Add enough salt to equal 3% of the solution. For example I used about 1 liter of water, so added two tablespoons of salt.

boiled sweet potato with butter, sour cream, mustard, and pepper

Boil the sweet potatoes in the salty water until the pieces are soft, about 20 minutes. Then drain all the water and add in the rest of your ingredients. There is no need to add extra salt since the sweet potato pieces will have absorbed enough from the boiling water.

mashing sweet potato with other ingredients to make sweet potato mash in a pot

Give everything a good mash until rich and creamy. Of course, don’t forget to taste test as you work. This will tell you if you should adjust and add more of any ingredient.

sweet potato mash with green onions

Plate your sweet potato mash in a serving dish and garnish with a few sliced green onions for a good color contrast. Enjoy!

mashed sweet potato in a bowl with green onion

Sweet Potato Mash

This easy recipe for perfect mashed sweet potatoes is sure to be a hit and a new favorite side dish
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: Mash, Steak Side Dishes, Sweet Potato, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 180kcal
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • 1 Pot
  • 1 Potato Masher

Ingredients

  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes try to get red skinned/orange flesh sweet potatoes. The African yellow sweet potatoes are more dense and the Asian sweet potatoes are too sweet (in my opinion). The standard American sweet potato works best for the mash.
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream as you can see in the photo I used smetana which is an Eastern European type of sour cream which is a bit richer than standard American sour cream due to the higher milkfat content. If you can't find smetana then regular sour cream will work fine.
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard I love the kick a good Dijon mustard adds to any mashed potato recipe and it definitely works well with sweet potatoes.
  • Salt for the water

Instructions

  • Peel and cube the sweet potatoes and place them in a pot. Add enough water to just cover them. Then add salt equivalent to 3% of the water weight. For example if you use 1 liter of water use two tablespoons of salt.
  • Boil the sweet potatoes until soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and add the rest of the ingredients. Mash everything up until nice and creamy. Plate and garnish with some green onion or whatever you feel like. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 180kcal
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