Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Savory mashed sweet potatoes are a quick side dish for any meal. Sweet potatoes are often served sweetened with brown sugar or maple syrup, but I’m here to tell you that savory sweet potatoes are where it’s at.

mashed sweet potatoes in black bowl

Savory Mashed Sweet Potato

I find sweet potatoes plenty sweet without adding any sweeteners at all. A great example of that are these amazing whipped sweet potatoes that people rave over every single time we make them.

If you have been following the recipes here for long you probably noticed I don’t usually peel my potatoes for mashed potatoes. My exception to that rule is sweet potatoes. In my opinion, they definitely need to be peeled. The skins don’t quite disappear into the dish as I prefer.

A good sharp vegetable peeler makes short work of this task. Along with a sharp knife, cutting board, and a little bit of muscle you will have them ready to boil in no time.

When getting my sweet potatoes ready I like to cut them in batches. I peel 2-3 potatoes then dice them and put them into the cold water. This prevents any of those dark grey patches that can appear after you peel the sweet potatoes.

While you can use a mixer to mash these potatoes, I promise they are the easiest thing to mash by hand. I like to use my slightly finer grid potato masher for a super smooth almost silky result.

The resulting mashed sweet potatoes will be slightly sweet and oh-so-savory with a hint of smoke from the smoked paprika. It is amazing the rave reviews these potatoes get every time.

sweet potatoes in black bowl with spoon and black and white towel

Savory Sweet Potato Recipe

Ingredients 

  • pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • smoked paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper 

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir to dissolve. Boil for 10-15 minutes, until you are able to easily pierce with a fork. Take care not to overcook.
  2. Drain potatoes and return them to the pot. Place the pot back on the stove over very low heat. Add the butter and cream to the potatoes. Use a potato masher or hand mixer to mash the potatoes and incorporate the butter and cream into the potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve warm.
mashed sweet potatoes in black bowl with plaid towel

Mashed Potato Recipes

Mashed Potatoes are my love language. Any combination of seasonings and hold the gravy. I can eat them with every meal.

Mashed potatoes are hands down the first side dish gone every holiday. No matter how large the bowl of homestyle mashed potatoes is, it will be empty, guaranteed. Every time.

No peeling or getting out the heavy mixer is needed for these creamy, delicious garlic red skin mashed potatoes.

Creamy, buttery, cheesy mashed potatoes are what food dreams are made of, I suggest making extra, to avoid arguments over who gets seconds.

sweet potatoes in black bowl with spoon and black and white towel

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Savory mashed sweet potatoes are a quick side dish for any meal. Not sweetened with brown sugar or maple syrup, savory is where it is at!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt for boiling
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir to dissolve. Boil for 10-15 minutes, until you are able to easily pierce with a fork. Take care not to overcook.
  • Drain potatoes and return them to the pot. Place the pot back on the stove over very low heat. Add the butter and cream to the potatoes. Use a potato masher or hand mixer to mash the potatoes and incorporate the butter and cream into the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal · Carbohydrates: 35g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 8g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 0.2g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 1158mg · Potassium: 585mg · Fiber: 5g · Sugar: 7g · Vitamin A: 24478IU · Vitamin C: 4mg · Calcium: 59mg · Iron: 1mg
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Paprika in black bowl

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