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Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe


Mashed sweet potatoes
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a classic accompaniment for traditional holiday dishes like roasted turkey and chicken.

We use a little bit of cinnamon in this recipe, which gives it some warmth and festiveness. You can also add a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg or cloves for a bit more spice. But not both — and not too much.

You'll also notice that there are no marshmallows in this recipe. Repeat: No marshmallows! The natural sweet flavor of the potatoes, the complex spice notes and the rich, creamy butteryness are all this recipe needs.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ stick butter
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Pinch of ground cloves or ground nutmeg (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water (the water should taste salty, almost like seawater) to a boil over medium heat.

  2. Peel the sweet potatoes, and cut them in half lengthwise, then cut each half into quarters. Each sweet potato should end up cut into eight pieces.

  3. When the water boils, add the cut sweet potatoes to the water and lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes can easily be pierced with a knife.

  4. Drain the sweet potatoes and return to the pot. Add butter, cream and spices and mash lightly with a potato masher.

  5. Adjust seasoning with Kosher salt and serve right away. Makes 6-8 portions.

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