Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes can be lackluster but can also be mind-bogglingly good. My sweet potato mash uses two ingredients you know and love and one (not-so) unique cooking method for the best whipped mashed potatoes around!

This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com


 

I’m so tired of ho-hum mashed potatoes and while sweet potatoes definitely add something to the mix, they can still be a little boring.

You always know what to expect. Everyone does them with brown sugar, marshmallows, and butter. And don’t get me wrong, that is delicious and wonderful, but I am flipping the script.

Baking vs. Boiling

Most people boil their regular potatoes before mashing them and mixing them with loads of butter, sour cream, and milk. And for sweet potatoes, they usually add in brown sugar, a little butter, and molasses.

Instead, I like to bake mine. This helps to naturally caramelize the sugars these tubers already have in them and at the same time, it really amplifies that natural sweet potato taste.

Why This Recipe is Delicious

It also uses a bay leaf infused half and half or cream for and underlying herbaceous flavor and a super-rich mouth feel like you get with regular mashed potatoes. I am a fiend for butter, so I still add a pat when serving so you really get to taste it.

This version of whipped sweet potatoes recipe is a little more versatile while remaining traditional, making it the perfect side dish for holiday meals and one that the whole family will love.

I like to add these to my holiday table as an alternative to regular sweet potatoes throughout the year and especially around the holidays, but they’re great for any recipes for dinner.

This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes – Raw, whole sweet potatoes are what we need here. Sometimes they sell white potatoes, or even purple, at the grocery store but in order to get that classic orange color, be sure you grab regular sweet potatoes.
  • Half & half or cream – You could add a little more or less than the recipe calls for based on your desired consistency.
  • Bay leaves – Infusing fresh herbs into the cream is my favorite method to taking this savory sweet potato mash up a notch. The flavor is the perfect accompaniment to this tasty side dish.
  • Orange juice – And now for my secret ingredient. Orange juice, and even some orange zest if you’d like, is a great addition to the flavor profile of these easy mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Brown sugar – Although this delicious recipe leans more towards the savory side, I still like to add an element of sweet with the orange juice and brown sugar.
  • Salt – I use Kosher salt for this recipe. You can add to taste, but it really helps bring out all of the flavors of this smooth mash.
This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

How to Make Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Prepare oven and potatoes. Preheat your oven and scrub and clean sweet potatoes. Prick all over with a fork and place in an oven safe baking dish. Bake until fork tender.
  2. Make infused cream. Allow the potatoes to cool. Meanwhile, bring half & half or cream to a low simmer, add bay leaves. Simmer, but do not boil or scald. 
  3. Remove inside of potatoes. Cut each sweet potato in half and remove meat. It should easily peel away from the sweet potato skins. Place into a large food processor.
  4. Add rest of the ingredients. Combine half & half mixture, orange juice, brown sugar and Kosher salt in the blender, puree until smooth and it lightens in color. I like using a food processor to achieve that creamy texture, but you could also use a potato masher or potato ricer if you like your sweet potato mash recipe to be a little chunkier.
  5. Serve and garnish. Serve immediately. Garnish or serve with traditional mashed potato toppings like sour cream, butter, salt and pepper or scallions. 
This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Variations

  • Spicy – If you want the spicy version, add some crushed red pepper flakes or chili powder when blending and top it with cooked and crumbled chorizo sausage.
  • Dairy-free or vegan – Instead of half & half, you could use a dairy-free alternative like coconut milk or almond milk. If you’re staying vegan, make sure you top your with vegan butter.
  • Herbs – You could substitute some fresh thyme or even rosemary for the bay leaves if you’d like to change up the flavor a bit.
  • Sugar – If you’d like to add another flavor element to the best sweet potatoes, you could use pure maple syrup instead of the brown sugar.
  • Bacon – If you want to jazz them up a bit, you could top them with crispy bits of bacon for some salty sweet action that is sure to not disappoint.
This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Did You Know SweetPotato is One Word?

Did you know that sweetpotato is actually one word? Most people still use two, so we do as well, but in 1989 this nun (not an adjective) was officially changed to one word to help standout against it’s very commonly confused cousin the yam.

And as we know, sweet potatoes are not yams! You’ve likely never even had a yam in your lifetime because they aren’t grown in the US. So bring up this little bit of trivia at your table tonight.

Storage and Freezing

Store any leftover mashed sweet potatoes in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.

You can also freeze them for up to six months. Just allow them to fully cool before you do.

This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

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close up of microwaved baked sweet potato

Microwaved Sweet Potatoes

Cooking sweet potatoes doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. All you need are your spuds, a microwave, and a fork, and you are in business. 
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Sweet Potato Hash Browns are a simple breakfast recipe made with shredded sweet potatoes. Only 3 ingredients and a few minutes to cook! #sweetpotatohashbrowns #shreddedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

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This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever! #sweetpotatomash #mashedsweetpotatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

5 from 11 votes
This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe uses baked sweet potatoes with natural sugars, bay leaf infused cream and a spike of orange juice for the best sweet potato mash ever!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Scrub and clean sweet potatoes. Prick all over with a fork and place in an oven safe baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring half & half or cream to a low simmer, add bay leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes, do not boil or scald. 
  • Cut each sweet potato in half and remove meat. It should easily peel away from the skins. Place into a large food processor. Combine half & half mixture, orange juice, brown sugar and Kosher salt in the blender, puree until smooth and it lightens in color. 
  • Serve immediately. Garnish or serve with traditional mashed potato toppings like sour cream, butter, salt and pepper or scallions. 
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

If you want the spicy version, add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes when blending and top it with 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled chorizo sausage. 

Nutrition

Calories: 219 kcal, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 17 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 279 mg, Potassium: 217 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 8085 IU, Vitamin C: 3.2 mg, Calcium: 49 mg, Iron: 0.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 219
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed sweet potatoes
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I loved the addition of the orange juice, made it such a sweet and a subtle zesty side dish.

  2. 5 stars
    These whipped sweet potatoes look so creamy and delicious. I love that you bake them first and then add the infused cream. They are a perfect side dish.

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a nice change of pace with them mashed we loved them like this and I will make them again for sure

  4. 5 stars
    These mashed sweet potatoes were so easy and came out amazing! This is definitely going on my Thanksgiving menu this year.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never thought of adding orange juice to mashed potatoes but that sounds incredible! Definitely planning to make these soon.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m so glad this is vegetarian! I cannot wait to try this as even thinking of sweet potatoes and a flavor of pepper and orange is mouthwatering!