Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Savory mashed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the sweet yams or starchy white potatoes often found on the holiday table. This healthy and easy side dish recipe is sure to be requested for every holiday meal.

bowl of savory mashed sweet potatoes
This side dish is ready in 30 minutes, with almost no hands-on time. The sweet potatoes will boil while you prepare the rest of the meal. This mashed sweet potato recipe makes a savory side dish with great health benefits. It’s gluten free, vegetarian, and Whole30 compliant, and is sure to please everyone at the table.

Is this a healthy side dish?

Sweet potatoes make a healthy alternative to carb-laden white potatoes.

This savory side dish is perfect for holiday meals. It provides all of the following nutrients:

  • Beta carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

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Choosing potatoes for the mashed sweet potato recipe

While you can find sweet potatoes year-round in grocery stores, they are freshest in the winter. Small to medium sized sweet potatoes will have the best flavor. Choose the ones with smooth skin and no soft spots.

Sweet potatoes can be stored in a cool dry pantry for about 7 to 10 days. Don’t refrigerate them. If you do, the potatoes will lose their moisture and you will have potatoes that are too dry.

Scrub the potatoes clean before you peel them.

This mashed sweet potato recipe calls for two and a half pounds of sweet potatoes. On average, this is about two large or four to five medium potatoes. This makes enough mashed sweet potatoes for six servings.

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Do you peel sweet potatoes before boiling?

The best way to make these savory mashed sweet potatoes is to peel and dice the potatoes prior to boiling. As a result, they will cook much faster. If you boil whole sweet potatoes with their skins on, it can take at least 30 minutes. By peeling and dicing the potatoes first, they will only take 10-20 minutes to cook, depending on how tender you like them to be.

To make your job easier, start by brushing the exterior of the potatoes with a vegetable brush. This will loosen any dirt or debris. Next, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Be sure to cut and discard the tough ends of the potatoes as well.

After cooking, the potatoes will be very easy to peel. They will also retain more of their nutrients if you cook them with the skin on.

Can you freeze savory mashed sweet potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze the mashed sweet potatoes! They will maintain their color, texture and flavor for up to twelve months in the freezer.

To thaw the savory mashed sweet potatoes, use one of these methods:

  1. In the refrigerator overnight
  2. Put in a cool water bath until thawed
  3. In the microwave on a low power

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bowl of savory mashed sweet potatoes

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Savory mashed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the sweet yams or starchy white potatoes often found on the holiday table. This healthy side dish recipe is sure to be requested for every holiday meal.
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5 from 3 votes


  • 2.5 lbs. sweet potatoes — about 2 large, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoon salted butter — you can use ghee for Whole30
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan — omit it if you're doing Whole30 or paleo.


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil then add sweet potatoes.
  2. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  3. Drain cooked sweet potato and add in butter, salt and pepper and Parmesan.
  4. Mash with a potato masher. Texture will be chunky. If you don’t like the chunky texture, you can use an electric hand mixer blend on low speed. Blend until smoother and creamy.
  5. Serve warm topped with more butter if desired.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed sweet potato, sweet potato

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/6) — Calories: 306, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 521mg, Potassium: 664mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 11g

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Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes