Silky Sweet Potato Mash

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Smooth, creamy, and deceivingly decadent, Silky Sweet Potato Mash is an upgraded twist on a classic holiday dish.

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What is your favorite part of the big Turkey Day feast? Are you fighting over drumsticks or reaching for that first (or second) slice of pumpkin pie? For me, it’s all about the sides. Call me crazy but I could forgo the turkey altogether and just sit with a big ol’ bowl of stuffing and sweet potatoes and be completely content. I know I can’t be the only one on this one, right?

With two little sweet potato monsters running around, we always find ourselves with a bag (or two) on hand. It was while trying to spice up how we served them potatoes that this recipe came about. The whole family loved the recipe so much we knew we needed to share it with you! This Silky Sweet Potato Mash comes together with just a handful of ingredients and is an absolute pinch to make. It’s a very hands off recipe as well, which makes it great when you’re busy with your own little or are getting work done.

Preparing Your Potatoes

Prior to roasting, our potatoes need a good wash and gentle scrub to remove any dirt. Although we’ll be removing them later on, we want to roast the potatoes skin-on. This helps lock in important moisture and ensures a smooth, creamy interior.

Overhead shot of washed potatoes in a colander

The real magic is in the low and slow roasting of the potatoes. Over time, the potatoes begin to soften, caramelize, and release their natural juices. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need to add an additional 15-20 minutes to your roasting time to achieve the right cook. Skin should be somewhat wrinkly and separating from the potato flesh and juice should be starting to run out.

Close-up shot of roasted sweet potatoes on a sheet pan
Potatoes are ready when skin begins to wrinkle and natural juices start to run.

Once potatoes have cooled enough to remove the skins, blend with remaining ingredients until completely smooth. Check periodically for any lumps and continue blending until it is a completely creamy.

Overhead shot of potato mash blended in a blender

Enjoy as is or, if desired, top with glazed nuts for a little crunch.

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Silky Sweet Potato Mash

A deceptively simple and ultra creamy side for your Thanksgiving spread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 198kcal


  • 8-10 potatoes medium sweet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tbsp butter or preferred oil add additional as desired, for a thinner consistency

Glazed Walnuts, Optional

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Using a knife, carefully poke holes in each potato. Roast potatoes for 50-60 minutes, flipping halfway through. Potatoes are done when tender and skin is beginning to wrinkle.
  • Let potatoes cool slightly before peeling skin off. Add potatoes to a blender along with salt, vanilla, and butter. Blend until completely smooth. 
  • For an extra luscious touch, blend in a few heaping tbsp of mascarpone or cream cheese.

Glazed Walnuts

  • Heat a small saucepan on low. Add nuts, syrup, and salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add cinnamon and remove from heat. Let cool in a single layer on parchment paper. 


Calories: 198kcal

Looking for more holiday inspired recipes? You’ll love our Sweet Potato “Casserole” Bites and Sun-Dried Tomato & Artichoke Strata!

2 thoughts on “Silky Sweet Potato Mash”

  • 5 stars
    Made this tonight without the nut topping. Holy smokes was this DELICIOUS!!!! It tasted like pie to me and I will definitely be making again, might even eat for breakfast- it’s that good and SO SIMPLE! My 14 month old dropped the spoon and used both hands to shove in his mouth. Couldn’t eat the first and second helping fast enough. His whole face and head were orange but he was happy! You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

    • Oh this makes us SO happy to hear! We are so glad it was a hit with your little guy (and the whole fam). Thank you so much for letting us know!

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