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Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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This recipe for whipped sweet potatoes makes the fluffiest, most addictive side dish every time. And it’s incredibly easy to boot!

With just 7 simple ingredients, you can whip up this classic comfort food anytime of year. But it’s almost mandatory around the holidays. At least, that sure seems to be the opinion around our house.

Mashed potatoes are great. But it’s hard to beat these sweet and savory whipped sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect side to just about any meal. Plus – it’s gorgeous!

Creamy Whipped Sweet Potatoes

How to Whip Sweet Potatoes

You’ve got several options here, it just all depends on the texture you’re going for. If it’s coarse, chunky mashed potatoes that you like, then by all means, use a fork. If you want them a little smoother, use a potato masher. 

But, if you’re after incredibly smooth and silky spuds, use the food processor, hand mixer, stand mixer, or an immersion blender. Any of these machines will whip your potatoes thoroughly, giving them that fluffy, velvety consistency.

I find the food processor to be the easiest equipment to use, though. I just give the potatoes a few pulses until I get my desired texture. That’s it, almost no effort required!

Here’s a tip, though: whip in batches if you’ve got a lot of potatoes.

Bottom line is, whichever method you pick, you’ll still get delectable whipped sweet potatoes! 

How to Store Sweet Potatoes

Once you bring your sweet potatoes home from the grocery store, it’s important to remove them from any plastic bags or packaging. Give them plenty of room to breathe.

Do not wash them UNTIL you’re ready to cook them. They should be completely dry before storing. If you see any moisture, go ahead and dry them off.

Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place. In fact, growing up we had a wooden box in the kitchen labeled Potatoes. You would simply open the lid and pull out your potatoes as needed.

The key is making sure the box is well ventilated.

You can also store your potatoes in a burlap bag and then place the bag into a plastic storage bin. Just be sure to leave the top open a little bit for ventilation.

When stored properly in a cool, dark place, your sweet potatoes will last about 3 to 5 weeks.

How Long do Whipped Sweet Potatoes Last in the Fridge?

Once cooked, mashed sweet potatoes will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just be sure you store it in an air-tight sealed container.

Can You Freeze Whipped Sweet Potatoes?

Definitely! Here’s how:

  1. Let the mashed sweet potatoes cool completely. Refrigerate room temperature potatoes for faster cooling.
  2. Transfer the potatoes into freezer-safe bags. Flatten the bag and squeeze out as much excess air as you can and seal.
  3. Place the bag on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze.
  4. Once frozen solid, store the bag upright. 

Frozen whipped sweet potatoes will keep well for up to a year.

To reheat, defrost the potatoes in the fridge, until no longer frozen. Transfer them into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave for 2 to 4 minutes. 

You can also reheat them on the stove. Just cook the potatoes in a pan over medium high heat and stir until warm. If it dries out, just add a tablespoon of milk for every cup of potatoes. 

What to Serve with Whipped Sweet Potatoes 

Whipped sweet potatoes make a wonderful accompaniment to almost any meat dish. Whether it’s pork, poultry, beef, chicken, or fish, it’s guaranteed to round out the meal beautifully.

Having pork or lamb chops tonight? Whipped sweet potatoes are perfect for that. Not sure what to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey? Well, now you do!

Whipped sweet potatoes taste fantastic with fried chicken and Cornish hens, too. The contrast between flavors and textures is a match made in heaven.

Even a fancy steak or roast pork tenderloin dinner will also taste better paired with sweet and savory whipped sweet potatoes. Together they make a hearty and irresistible meal.

Got leftovers? Use your sweet potatoes to make another dish! Use it to make sweet potato cakes or top it on Shepherd’s pie, and you’ve got yourself a different meal for the following day.

Bowl of Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Tips & Tricks

Another thing I appreciate about whipped sweet potatoes is how easy it is to customize. You can make them however you want them and they still end up perfect. 

To peel or not to peel? Sweet potato skins are edible, so this is up to you. 

If you peel the skins off, you’ll get that gorgeous smooth and velvety consistency. But, if you keep them on, you’ll get more fiber and nutrients. And, let’s be honest, it makes things a lot easier.

Just be sure to rinse scrub the spuds well if you plan on leaving their skins on! 

While this recipe calls for boiling potatoes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t roast them instead. In fact, roasting will caramelize the potatoes, thereby giving them a nutty and robust flavor.

To roast, wrap the sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Larger spuds will bake for an hour, while smaller ones will be done in 30 to 45 minutes.

Want some extra flavor? Butter is already oh so flavorful. But brown butter? Even more so.

Make brown butter by placing butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook until it is golden brown and gives off a heavenly nutty fragrance.

On a diet? Go easy on the sugar! Sweet potatoes are already sweet, so no need to add too much sugar. A few tablespoons of maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar will do.

Another healthy substitutes are flax oil for butter and almond or coconut milk for heavy cream.

If you’re more of a sweet tooth, top those spuds with fluffy marshmallows. A few tablespoons of brown sugar will also add extra sweetness to the dish.

Speaking of brown sugar, why not make a sweet potato brulee? Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the mash and broil until the sugar has melted. Yum!

Want to add some crunch? Opt for toasted pecans. Oh and candied bacon too!

To make, fry bacon in a pan. Stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes.

Want a more savory mash? Infuse your sweet potatoes with garlic and fresh herbs. To make, combine a tablespoon of melted butter, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, and 3 tablespoons of your favorite herbs.

A combination of sour cream, garlic, parmesan cheese, and milk also makes a great savory variation.

For a nice kick, stir in a few tablespoons of bourbon and orange juice into your whipped sweet potatoes. 

Can’t decide which variation to serve? Why not set up a whipped sweet potato bar? Place various toppings and seasonings on the table and let your loved ones decide!

How to Make Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

128

kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  • Slice sweet potatoes into chunks. Place them in a large pot with cold water and let it come to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook for 20-30 more minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Drain the water and return the potatoes back the pot. Add the butter, heavy cream, salt, pepper, vanilla, and nutmeg. Whip the mixture with a food processor, hand mixer, stand mixer, immersion blender, masher, or a fork.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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