Sweet Potato Puree: A Quick and Tasty Side Dish

by Jan Vasil
Sweet Potato Puree: A Quick and Tasty Side Dish

Sweet potato puree is a delightful and nutritious alternative to regular mashed potatoes. With its vibrant orange hue and natural sweetness, it’s a side dish that complements a variety of main courses.

Whether you’re looking to spice up your weekday dinners or serve something special for a festive occasion, this quick and easy recipe will not disappoint.

Sweet Potato Puree: A Quick and Tasty Side Dish

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: All Recipes, GuidesCuisine: WorldDifficulty: easy


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  • 4 medium 4 -sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 2 tablespoons 2 unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 milk (or almond milk for a dairy-free option)

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 salt (or to taste)

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 ground cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon 1 maple syrup or honey (optional)

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
  • Add the butter, milk, salt, and optional ingredients (cinnamon and maple syrup or honey) to the pot.
  • Use a potato masher or hand blender to puree the mixture until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Serve warm with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper on top, if desired.

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Can I use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?

While the method is similar, using regular potatoes will result in a different flavor profile. If you prefer regular potatoes, omit the cinnamon and maple syrup/honey. Also, check out the Traditional Slovak Potato Puree recipe.

How do I store leftover sweet potato puree?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze the puree for later use?

Yes! Freeze the cooled puree in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

Can I make this vegan?

Absolutely! Substitute the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil, and use almond milk or another plant-based milk in place of regular milk.

How can I make this puree even creamier?

Consider using heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk in place of regular milk for a richer, creamier texture.

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