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mashed sweet potatoes in white bowl

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: side
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Savory mashed sweet potatoes are a simple side dish the entire family will love. Smooth, creamy sweet potatoes are blended with butter, sour cream, and spices to make this easy recipe a winner!


      4 Cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

      ¼ Cup butter

      ⅓ Cup sour cream

      1 Tsp garlic powder

      1 Tsp onion powder

      ½ Tsp paprika

      Salt and pepper to taste

      Pinch of nutmeg


  1. Place the diced sweet potatoes in a  pot and cover with salted water. Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for around 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and roughly pat dry the potatoes.


  2. Return to the pot and mash the sweet potatoes until fluffy.


  3. Add the butter and sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, and paprika and stir to combine.


  4. Serve with a crack of black pepper, chopped parsley or cilantro and butter


      Sub the sour cream with Greek yogurt if you are looking for a protein boost and you can also swap the butter for vegan butter or ghee.


      Play with the spices! It’s also delicious with chili if you like your mashed potatoes to be a bit more spicy.


      Cover it with plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated for up to 3 days. Once you are ready to serve it, heat it in a pot and add a bit more butter and sour cream to make it taste and feel fresh again.

Keywords: mashed sweet potatoes