Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

Mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar is an easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dish. It is sweet, creamy and indulgent.

If you ever tried our Sweet Potato Butter, you will love this easy mash recipe, too! Such a colorful side dish to serve for holidays.

Serve mashed potatoes with cinnamon and chopped almonds or pecans. I like it warm, but you can also serve it cold. You can also top mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar with marshmallows. If you want more sweetness, you can add honey or maple syrup!

This recipe is gluten-free, and if you have allergies for nuts, you can serve it without them. I will share some tips on how to make the best mash consistency and how to make it savory!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish. It is easy and quick holiday recipe.

Ingredients for mashed sweet potato recipe

Sweet Potatoes. This is the base of this recipe. Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut them into cubes to let them cook faster.

Dry ingredients. Brown sugar and salt. You can adjust with a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg to add more fall flavors.

Dairy products. Milk and butter will make this sweet potato mash more rich and creamy.

Ingredients for mashed sweet potatoes: sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, salt and milk

How do you make mashed sweet potatoes?

You will need about 2-3 medium size potatoes. Wash and peel them.

Cut into cubes, put into the pot and cover with water.

Bring to the boil and simmer 15-20 minutes until tender.

Drain and bring back to the heat for few minutes to evaporate excess water. This step can help you make sweet potato mash less watery, but it is optional.

Remove from heat and mash with a fork, potato masher or blender.

How do you thicken mashed potatoes?

If your potatoes are watery, you can bring a pot with mashed potatoes back to the low heat. Simmer couple more minutes, stirring with a spatula. This will help evaporate excess liquid.

Alternatively, you can whisk in a teaspoon of cornstarch, flour or tapioca.

How to make mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar

Mash potatoes as I mentioned previously or in the recipe instructions. Add a splash of milk, butter and sugar, while the mash is still hot.

Don’t add too much milk or it will ruin the color and be too runny.

Mix the potato mash until well combined.

You can bring back to the heat and boil off some milk, stirring. Let it cool.

Serve mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar with cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped almonds.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar in a white bowl served with a wooden spoon

How to turn this dish into savory

Omit sugar from the recipe and add ginger, chives, rosemary or thyme.

You can serve it with browned bits of bacon or chicken on top. The sweetness of potatoes will go really well with meat.

You should check our other savory mash recipes, such as mashed turnips and potatoes and Colcannon.

How to store mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar

Store in the air-tight container up to 6 days in the fridge. You can reheat in a pot or microwave for 15 minutes.

To freeze mashed potatoes, let them cool completely. Transfer to freezer safe bags or containers. Store up to 6 months.

Health benefits of sweet potato

According to Harvard School of Public Health, by boiling sweet potatoes, more beta-carotine and totally 92 % of nutrients can be retained, comparing with other cooking methods.

Sweet potatoes improve human health and prevent some diseases. For example, according to Medical News Today, sweet potatoes help to maintain healthful blood pressure levels, reduce the risk of cancer and inflammation, improve digestion and eye health, boost immunity.

A spoon of Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar, served with almonds in a white bowl with cinnamon sticks

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

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5 from 5 votes
Mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar is an easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dish. It is sweet, creamy and indulgent.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 296 kcal
Equipment
  • Pot
  • fork or potato masher
  • spatula
  • stove top or electric hob




Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes peeled, chopped
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup milk warm
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tsp almonds or pecans for serving (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon for serving (optional)



Instructions
 
  • Add potatoes to the pot and cover with water.
    2-3 sweet potatoes, 1-2 cups water
    Add potatoes to the pot and cover with water.
  • Cook 20 minutes until soft (check with fork). Drain.
    Cook 20 minutes until soft (check with fork). Drain.
  • Mash potatoes with fork.
    Mash potatoes with fork.
  • Add salt.
    ½ tsp salt
    Add salt.
  • Add brown sugar.
    2 tbsp brown sugar
    Add brown sugar.
  • Add butter.
    ½ tbsp butter
    Add butter.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
    Mix all ingredients together.
  • Add milk.
    ¼ cup milk
    Add milk.
  • Combine with a spatula.
    Combine with a spatula.
  • Serve warmed or cold with cinnamon and nuts.
    1 tsp almonds or pecans, ½ tsp cinnamon
    Serve warmed or cold with cinnamon and nuts.
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Nutrition Facts
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar
Amount per Serving
Calories
296
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
749
mg
33
%
Potassium
 
841
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
59
g
20
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
32201
IU
644
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
130
mg
13
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword easy, gluten free, Thanksgiving

COMMENTS:

  1. 5 stars
    What delicious sweet potatoes using brown sugar I just love this recipe the sweetness compliments these potatoes perfectly

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