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Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Rich and creamy, these whipped sweet potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving or as part of a weeknight meal. Choose from sweet or savory flavors.
Whipped sweet potatoes in a blue bowl with fresh parsley garnish.

Last Updated on October 21, 2021 by Betty Davies

Smooth and creamy, these easy whipped sweet potatoes are a delicious vegetable side that’s perfect for an easy weeknight meal but they won’t be out of place on your Thanksgiving table either. Buttery and creamy, sweet potatoes just got delicious!

Overhead shot of a bowl of whipped sweet potatoes with two spoons.

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Sweet potatoes are always popular to serve up on Thanksgiving, but instead of the usual sweet potato casserole, give these whipped sweet potatoes a go instead!

Super easy to prep and cook, we really couldn’t get enough of these! I’m not lying when I say that between two of us hlaf of the bowl had gone before I even served it up with our mains!

This is one tasty veggie side dish I know you are going to love!

Be sure to try my Sweet Potato Cakes too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Make ahead: This is a great option for Thanksgiving as they can be made ahead of time and quickly reheated on the stovetop to serve.
  • Quick and easy: Simple cook the sweet potatoes and mix them with the other ingredients. This is one effortless side dish!
  • Simple Ingredients: You only need a handful of ingredients, most of which you’ll already have in your cupboard.
  • Dietary info: These whipped sweet potatoes are vegetarian and gluten-free.
Overhead shot of whipped sweet potatoes in a bowl with a spoon.

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes: Peel and chop the potatoes before boiling til tender.
  • Butter: Use salted butter. If using unsalted you may need to add a little extra salt.
  • Cream: A heavy cream (35%) adds a delicious silky and rich texture that is so addictive!
  • Seasonings: Salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning. I wanted to balance the sweetness of the potatoes with Italian seasoning so that they are more savory. I have also suggested substitutions below for a sweeter dish if you prefer.

How to make whipped sweet potatoes

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  • Cook the sweet potatoes til tender (photo 1).
  • Mash the sweet potatoes (photo 2).
  • Whisk together the sweet potatoes with the milk, butter and seasonings (photo 3).
Three step by step photos to show how to make the recipe.

Recipe Variations

If you prefer a sweeter side dish, then you can swap out the Italian seasoning for nutmeg or cinnamon. These are both quite strong spices, so you would only need to add a pinch or two so that the flavor of the whipped sweet potatoes are enhanced rather than overpowered.

For a healthier side dish, you can substitute the heavy cream for half and half or milk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make this recipe with regular potatoes?

I would advise against making these with whipped potatoes with white potatoes. White potatoes contain a lot more starch, so when they are whipped they will become gummy rather than light. fluffy and creamy.

Can you make them ahead of time?

Yes! This is a great make ahead side so it’s perfect for Thanksgiving when you want to get ahead of things! Once you have made the whipped sweet potatoes, let them cool and then transfer to an airtight container. They will keep well in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Reheat them gently on the stovetop, stirring occasionally.

As the sweet potatoes sit, they will start to absorb some of the liquid, so add in a little more cream or milk

Can you whip the potatoes in a blender or food processor?

I found that by using a hand whisk it was easier to control the finished texture (plus you get an arm workout!). You can use a blender or food processor, but take it slowly otherwise they can end up very soupy. An electric hand mixer is also a good choice.

Swhipped sweet potatoes in a bowl with a spoon.

Serving Suggestions

These whipped sweet mashed potatoes are great to serve as part of your holiday menu alongside your turkey main, but they are so quick and easy to make that you can easily serve them up with your weeknight mains. Try them with:

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Cook the sweet potatoes in salted water so that you add flavor right from the beginning.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring them to a boil. If you place them in boiling water, they won’t cook through evenly.
  • The sweet potatoes should be fork tender when you drain them.
  • If making ahead of time, let cool before storing in the fridge.
  • Use Italian seasoning as listed for a savory side, if you prefer sweeter, add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg instead.
Close up of whipped sweet potatoes garnished with parsley.

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Whipped sweet potatoes in a blue bowl with fresh parsley garnish.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Rich and creamy, these whipped sweet potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving or as part of a weeknight meal. Choose from sweet or savory flavors.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Equipment

  • Potato Masher
  • Hand Whisk

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into cubes.
  • Add to a pot of salted water and boil. Cook til tender, about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the pieces.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher.
  • Heat the cream and butter in small pot til the butter melts. Pour over the mashed sweet potatoes and add the seasonings.
  • Whisk everything together really well (put a little effort into it!) til everything is well combined and the sweet potatoes are smooth.

Notes

  • Cook the sweet potatoes in salted water so that you add flavor right from the beginning.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring them to a boil. If you place them in boiling water, they won’t cook through evenly.
  • The sweet potatoes should be fork tender when you drain them.
  • If making ahead of time, let cool before storing in the fridge.
  • Use Italian seasoning as listed for a savory side, if you prefer sweeter, add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg instead.
  • Nutritional values are based on 4 large servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32646IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

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