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bowl filled with mashed sweet potatoes and topped with brown butter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy enough for a weeknight, but sophisticated enough for your holiday table, these Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter may just be the star of the show. Creamy and buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness, you’ll want to bookmark this recipe to make over and over again.



  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk (can also use 2% or whole)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Cook the Potatoes: Place the potatoes in a large, heavy pot and cover them with water. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the potatoes until they are fork-tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot.

Brown the Butter: Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. This is easiest if it is a light colored pan so that you can see the color of the butter. Continue to heat the butter, swirling the pan often as it cooks, until it starts to foam and crackle, then golden, and then toasty brown. It will take 3-5 minutes to brown once the butter is melted. The butter will smell nutty when it is finished browning – watch it carefully, as it will go from browned to burnt very quickly.

Mix and Mash: Once the butter has browned, immediately remove it from the heat and add it to the cooked, drained potatoes. (If your potatoes are not done yet, transfer the butter to a bowl so that it will not continue to cook.)

To the potatoes and butter, add the milk, maple syrup, salt and pepper.

With an electric mixer (or with a potato masher by hand) beat the potatoes on medium-low speed, mashing them to your preference. If the potatoes are too thick, feel free to add in a bit more milk.

Season: Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serve: Serve warm.

Recipe Notes:

Recipe from: The Well Plated Cookbook

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 239 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg

Keywords: mashed sweet potatoes