Sweet Potato Mash-A Perfectly Sweet and Savory Side Dish

Sweet potato mash is a simple side dish made with just five ingredients. It’s sweet and savory and a perfectly rich side dish that is not too heavy. It’s also healthier than a regular mashed potato thanks to the nutrients found in a sweet potato!

The Potatoes

Sweet and Russet Potatoes

Sweet potato mash is made with a mixture of sweet potatoes and russet potatoes. I like to use an equal amount of both to keep the flavors well balanced. Peel sweet potatoes and russet potatoes and wash off any grit or dirt that may be on them. Then cut the potatoes to even chunks—about 1-2 inches each.

The Boiling

Simmer Potatoes Gently

Add sweet and russet potatoes to a pot of water, making sure the potatoes are completely submerged. Add in one large onion, chopped. Bring to a boil on high heat, then lower the heat to medium low and allow the potatoes to simmer gently until completely tender—about half an hour.

The Mash

Mash Potatoes

Using a strainer, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot (or a bowl). Add a couple tablespoons of butter and a splash of heavy cream. Mash with a potato masher or whisk of ricer—whatever you prefer! I use a rubber whisk so it does not scratch my pot. Season with salt and mash to your desired consistency, either lumpy or smooth. And it’s ready to serve!


Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4-6

  • 2-3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Water to boil
  • Salt to taste


1. Add sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, and onion to a pot of water, ensuring they are covered

2. Bring to a simmer on high heat, then turn to low and simmer gently for 30 minutes or until completely tender

3. Drain potatoes, then add back into the pot or a bowl. Add butter, cream, and salt. Mash well until it reaches your desired consistency—and enjoy!

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