Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a seasonal spin on the classic potato recipe. This dish is delicious and savory with bacon and chives added in.

Sweet potatoes are a fall and holiday favorite- showing up in many excellent seasonal dishes. Try making some Mashed Potatoes with some sweet potatoes this year- great for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Chives in a bowl.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The fall season is home to all sorts of tasty recipes that are perfect for the cooler months. I’ve written countless posts on the dozens of delicious fall desserts we’ve come up- all sorts of pies, crisps and crumbles! But there’s more to cooking than desserts: main courses, casseroles, and plenty of sides. One of the best ingredients you can put to use in these recipes is sweet potatoes.

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Closeup of mashed sweet potatoes with bacon

There’s plenty of sweet potato casseroles on the internet but we wanted to mix things up a little bit so we made some Mashed Sweet Potatoes! These are an interesting seasonal variation on classic mashed potatoes that are just as- if not more- delicious. Rather than just subbing in the sweet potatoes for the regular ones, we add a few other sweet ingredients to play off those sweet potato flavors.

Bacon and chive savory potatoes on a spoon

The result is a creamy, sweet potato mash with a bit of added savory from some chopped bacon and chives. These potatoes will be great set proudly on the table for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! We’re certain you’ll love them!

Text on image Mashed Sweet Potatoes

More Sweet Potato Recipes

  • You can’t talk about sweet potatoes without bringing up The Best Sweet Potato Casserole. This Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner favorite tastes great with our added streusel-style topping!
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, you can serve up some Sliced Sweet Potato Casserole. This preparation sees the potatoes sliced for a better presentation then we hit it with a caramel-flavored candying sauce. Delish!
  • Instead of a casserole, try making up some Simple Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes! An easy-to-make side dish that keeps plenty of those recognizable flavors you’d find in the casserole.

Text on image Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Mash

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bacon – The quick, microwave bacon works perfectly fine here!
  • Heavy Cream
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives

Ingredients for savory sweet potatoes

How to make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The first order of business is prepping our sweet potatoes for the pot. Peel your potatoes and then chop them down to about 1 to 1-1/2 inch chunks.

Cubed sweet potatoes

With those chopped, transfer them to a large stock pot. Cover those with water, put on the stovetop over high heat, and bring to a boil. Allow those to boil until tender or about 10 minutes.

Cubed potatoes in water

Drain the water off those potatoes and return them to the pot. Drop in your butter and mash the potatoes with something like a hand-masher. Mash close to your desired consistency and then set aside.

Adding butter to sweet potatoes

The next thing we need to deal with is our heavy cream and maple syrup. Mix those together in a microwave-safe bowl and then pop it into the microwave for a minute. Once out of the nuker, stir- if the mixture isn’t warm at this point, put it back in for another minute and stir again.

Warmed cream and maple syrup

While gradually pouring in the maple-cream mixture, continue mashing your potatoes. Continue mashing until you reach your desired smoothness.

Adding cream mixture to mashed potatoes

Once all the maple-cream mixture has been added, toss in your salt, pepper, and half of your bacon- finely chopped. Stir that in before optionally transferring to a separate serving dish.

Bowl of mashed sweet potatoes

When it comes time to serve your potatoes, top with an additional pat of butter and garnish with the rest of your bacon and some chopped chives. Serve to your hungry waiting guests and enjoy!

Spoon with savory sweet potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a seasonal spin on the classic potato recipe. This dish is delicious and savory with bacon and chives added in.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 5 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 8 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled divided
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Chives


  • Peel and cut sweet potatoes in 1 1/2" pieces.
  • Put in a large pot and cover with water.
  • Bring to boil over high heat and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to pot.
  • Add butter and mash until smooth.
  • Combine heavy cream and syrup in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute and stir. If not warm, repeat.
  • Gradually mash in maple mixture.
  • Stir in one half of the bacon, the salt and the pepper.
  • Transfer to serving dish.
  • Garnish with chives and remaining bacon.


You can substitute Half and Half for Heavy Cream.


Calories: 352kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 354mg, Potassium: 561mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 20460IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg
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Long pin collage with text Mashed Sweet Potatoes Savory with Bacon and Chives!

Long pin collage with text Mashed Sweet Potatoes Savory with Bacon and Chives!

About Jen Cincyshopper

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