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Creamy Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes

Discover the perfect blend of sweet and savory as velvety purple sweet potatoes take center stage in this delightful side dish. These creamy mashed purple sweet potatoes make for a colorful twist on a classic favorite!

A bowl of purple mashed potatoes with a butter on top made from mashed purple sweet potatoes.

Add a pop of color to your next meal with purple sweet potatoes! Mashed purple sweet potatoes are not just visually stunning, but they’re also delicious and packed with health benefits. Perfect for any occasion, from Thanksgiving to a simple family dinner, this recipe is a delightful twist on the traditional mashed potato dish. It’s simple to make, loaded with flavor, and sure to impress your guests or family.

A bowl of mashed purple sweet potatoes with a dollop of butter on top.

💜 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Nutritionally Rich: Purple sweet potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Versatile Flavor: The unique taste of purple sweet potatoes is enhanced with ingredients like maple syrup and butter, making it a dish that pairs well with just about anything.
  • Easy to Prepare: This recipe is straightforward and doesn’t require any complicated cooking techniques.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re vegan, dairy-free, or just prefer certain flavors, this recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your dietary needs and taste preferences.
  • Beautiful: The vibrant purple color of this dish is sure to make your meal visually stunning.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions: Ideal for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but also wonderful as a regular side dish.
Mashed purple sweet potatoes ice cream in a bowl with gold sprinkles.

🍠 What Are Purple Sweet Potatoes?

Purple sweet potatoes are a vibrant and nutritious variant of the regular sweet potato. Originating from regions such as South America and Okinawa, they stand out with their striking purple flesh, attributed to anthocyanins, antioxidants that offer health benefits like heart health support and anti-inflammatory properties. Slightly sweeter than their orange counterparts, they bring a unique flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they’re a healthy choice for those watching their blood sugar levels. Their eye-catching color makes them a visually appealing addition to any meal, perfect for adding a nutritious and colorful twist to your dishes.

Mashed purple potatoes in a bowl with a spoon.

🗒️ Ingredients and Substitutes

Purple Sweet Potatoes: The star of this dish, purple sweet potatoes, bring not just color but also a wealth of nutrition to the table. They are rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which give them their vibrant hue. These potatoes also provide a lovely, slightly sweet flavor.

Milk: You can use any milk of your choice, dairy or plant-based, to add creaminess to the mash. Plant-based milk works great for a vegan or dairy-free version. For more richness, add a little cream.

Butter: Unsalted butter adds richness and depth to the mashed sweet potatoes. If you’re vegan or avoiding dairy, plant-based butter is an excellent substitute that still provides that desired creamy texture.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that complements the natural sweetness of the purple sweet potatoes. It adds a subtle, earthy sweetness. If you don’t have maple syrup, honey or agave syrup can be used as alternatives. You can also skip the sweetener altogether if you prefer.

Salt: Salt is crucial for enhancing all the flavors in the dish. It balances the sweetness and brings out the natural flavor of the sweet potatoes.

Ground Black Pepper: A hint of black pepper adds a slight warmth and complexity to the mash.

Mashed purple sweet potatoes hummus in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

🥣 How to Make Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed purple sweet potatoes in a pan on a pink background.
Purple sweet potatoes are being mashed in a frying pan.
Mashed purple sweet potatoes and butter in a pan.
Mashed purple sweet potatoes and butter in a pan.
Mashed purple sweet potatoes in a bowl with purple icing on top.
  1. Begin by peeling and chopping your purple sweet potatoes. This helps them cook evenly and makes them easier to mash later.
  2. Add the chopped sweet potatoes to a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer, cooking until they are fork-tender.
  3. After the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the warm pot. This is the perfect time to add your milk, butter (or plant-based alternative), and maple syrup.
  4. Use an immersion blender, egg beater, or a hand-held potato masher to blend the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency. This is where you can get creative and make them as smooth or as chunky as you like.
  5. The final step is seasoning your mash. Add salt and ground black pepper according to your taste preference.
  6. Now your purple sweet potato mash is ready to be served. They’re best enjoyed warm, making them a comforting addition to any meal.
Mashed purple sweet potatoes in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

💭 Top Tips

Even Chopping: Cut the potatoes into uniform pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate. This prevents some pieces from becoming too mushy while others are still hard.

Don’t Overcook: Boil the potatoes just until they are fork-tender. Overcooking can make them waterlogged and less flavorful.

Adding Liquids: Incorporate your milk and butter gradually. This helps you control the consistency and avoid making the mash too runny.

Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or even a bit of brown sugar for a different twist.

Garnish Ideas: To make this beautiful dish even more stunning, sprinkle some pecans or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives over them to garnish.

A bowl of mashed purple sweet potatoes with a pat of butter on top.

Storage & Reheating

  • Fridge: To store, let the mashed purple potatoes cool to room temperature, then transfer them to an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, making it a convenient option for meal prep or for enjoying throughout the week.
  • Reheat: The best method is to reheat them in a pot over low heat on the stove, adding a little extra milk or butter to keep the mash moist and creamy. You can also use a microwave, reheating in short intervals and stirring in between to ensure even warming.
  • Freeze: Place them in a freezer-safe container or a ziplock bag, leaving a little space for expansion. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat as above.
A bowl of mashed purple sweet potatoes with a spoon.

🍽️ What to Serve with Purple Sweet Potatoes

As a Holiday Side

During the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, these mashed sweet potatoes can be a show-stopping side. They pair beautifully with traditional holiday fare or even my Vegetarian Meatloaf. The sweet and savory balance of this dish complements the richness of holiday meals.

Breakfast or Brunch

Believe it or not, this purple sweet potato recipe can even find a place in your breakfast or brunch menu. Serve them alongside Hash Brown Egg Nests, or scrambled eggs, or top them with a poached egg for a healthy and filling start to your day.

With Other Sides

In a meal with multiple side dishes, mashed purple sweet potatoes hold their own alongside green beans, sauteed veggies, or butter beans (my personal fave!). Their vibrant color and unique flavor make them a standout addition that complements a variety of other dishes.

Swap the conventional potatoes for these mashed purple sweet potatoes in this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe.

Mashed purple sweet potatoes hummus in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make mashed purple sweet potatoes ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare them a day or two in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Just reheat them on the stove or in the microwave when you’re ready to serve.

Are purple sweet potatoes healthier than regular sweet potatoes?

Purple sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which are not found in regular sweet potatoes. They offer similar nutritional benefits, like fiber and vitamins, but the high antioxidant content makes them a bit more beneficial.

Are there any other spices I can add to enhance the flavor?

Cinnamon, nutmeg, or a dash of cayenne pepper can add a lovely depth of flavor to your mashed purple sweet potatoes. Feel free to experiment according to your taste preferences.

Purple mashed sweet potatoes on a plate with a wooden spoon.

😋 More Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

Smoky Purple Sweet Potato Fries

Cauliflower Rice Curry with Sweet Potato

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Curry

A bowl of mashed purple sweet potatoes.
A bowl of purple mashed potatoes with a butter on top made from mashed purple sweet potatoes.

Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes

Mashed purple sweet potatoes are a visually stunning side dish & so easy to make. Perfect for any occasion, from Thanksgiving to a simple family dinner.
4.98 from 36 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds purple sweet potatoes 2 large potatoes or 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup milk of choice dairy or plant-based milk if vegan/dairy-free
  • ½ cup butter or plant-based butter if vegan/dairy-free
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the peeled and chopped purple sweet potatoes to a large pot.
  • Add water to the pot until the sweet potatoes are just covered.
  • Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Place the lid on and reduce the heat to a high simmer.
  • Simmer the potatoes for 15 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the potatoes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the warm pot.
  • Immediately add the milk, butter and maple syrup.
  • Blend with an immersion blender, egg beater, or a hand-held potato masher until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Even Chopping: Cut the potatoes into uniform pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate. This prevents some pieces from becoming too mushy while others are still hard.
  2. Don’t Overcook: Boil the potatoes just until they are fork-tender. Overcooking can make them waterlogged and less flavorful.
  3. Adding Liquids: Incorporate your milk and butter gradually. This helps you control the consistency and avoid making the mash too runny.
  4. Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or even a bit of brown sugar for a different twist.
  5. Garnish Ideas: To make this beautiful dish even more stunning, sprinkle some pecans or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives over them to garnish.

Storage & Reheating

    • Fridge: To store, let the mashed purple potatoes cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, making it a convenient option for meal prep or for enjoying throughout the week.
    • Reheat: The best method is to reheat them in a pot over low heat on the stove, adding a little extra milk or butter to keep the mash moist and creamy. You can also use a microwave, reheating in short intervals and stirring in between to ensure even warming.
    • Freeze: Place them in a freezer-safe container or a ziplock bag, leaving a little space for expansion. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat as above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 1095mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 44295IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love how easy and simple this recipe is! I tried this yesterday and it was REALLY good! Thanks for sharing and keep on inspiring us with your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Ooh! I’m so happy I randomly bought purple sweet potatoes yesterday. These came out amazingly well! So pretty and tasty, too. I’m excited for my son to come home and see them. I know they’ll be a hit!

  3. 5 stars
    I added cinnamon to what I’ve done and it came out really good! I so much like the unique taste of the purple sweet potatoes the most. All in all this dish is really savory and velvety, so delish! I love it <3

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great take on the classic mashed potatoes. Tried this the other day and I’m definitely bringing this to my Thanksgiving table!

  5. I was very skeptical about the maple syrup in this recipe, but he was absolutely delicious! I made pancakes from leftovers

  6. 5 stars
    I made these for our work Thanksgiving potluck and they were a huge hit. Everyone loved their vibrant color and delicious taste. Thank you for the suggestion to add pecans to the top; they added extra texture and even more flavor!