Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Need a swift side dish? Try these spiced sweet potatoes from out Test Kitchen. They're quick to cook and easy to mash in a food processor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (2 pounds), peeled and quartered
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 195 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Place sweet potatoes on rack in a 6-qt. pressure cooker; add water. Close cover securely; place pressure regulator on vent pipe. Bring cooker to full pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 8 minutes. (Pressure regulator should maintain a slow steady rocking motion; adjust heat if needed.)
  2. Remove from the heat; allow pressure to drop on it's own. Drain. transfer sweet potatoes to a food processor. Add the butter, honey, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper; cover and process until smooth. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p61

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ajnickymom User ID: 6803453 56392
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Awesome with a pork roast!"

kposton User ID: 2838004 143984
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"What a gread side! It was wonderful with roast chicken and a salad."

silvrhwk User ID: 5129043 105556
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"Oh man was this good! My very first time cooking sweet potatoes, and it was fabulous! I used an electric (digital) pressure cooker with an elevated "rack," and set it to 10 minutes instead of 8. Might have been just a wee bit too long, but it was still amazing. Also added a bit of cream and brown sugar to the mix after mashing. My husband was so impressed he asked me to make it again. Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe."

christinagriffith User ID: 4512691 57179
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"It was good. It turned out a little watery though and not as creamy as I had hoped for."

hollyez User ID: 3350271 51297
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"This was a great hit tonight. My daughter who doesn't care for sweet potatoes at all, states she not only enjoyed it, but would eat it again. I did add cream at the time I added the honey,salt, etc... I think it made it a bit smoother in texture. Thanks so much!"

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