Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Simple, basic mashed sweet potato recipe. Savory recipe for mashed sweet potatoes. Sweet potato mash recipe. Sweet potatoes mashed with butter and garlic chives.

Mashed sweet potato recipe made up and garnished with garlic chive blossoms.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Garnished with Garlic Chive Blossoms

Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

Making mashed sweet potatoes couldn't be simpler. This east-to-prepare recipe relies on the root vegetable itself to provide most of the flavor.

The delicate natural sweetness of the potato is contrasted by the savoury hint of garlic provided by the garlic chives and their star-shaped white blossoms.

This mashed sweet potato recipe is one of those rare side dishes that needs no added salt.


  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Fresh garlic chives and *garlic chive blossoms if you can get them.
  • 1 pat of butter per serving
  • *The flowers of garlic chives are edible. Do not substitute another flower unless you are sure it is safe to eat.


    1. Place the sweet potatoes into a lidded pot with just an inch or two of water. The small amount of water will keep the nutrients and flavor in the sweet potatoes from leaching out. Cook the potatoes on medium heat until they soften (about 20 minutes).

    2. Pour off any water left in the pot.

    3. Set the pot on a heat resistant surface while you mash the potatoes with a potato masher.

    4. Rinse the garlic chives and chive blossoms. Shake off the excess water. Snip the chives into the mashed sweet potatoes and mix them in.

    5. Plate the potatoes. Make a slight depression in each serving and lay a pat of butter into it. Use the chive blossoms to garnish each serving.
  • Garlic chives are effortless herbs to grow. I keep a clump of them in an old, leaky watering can just outside my back porch. This is so much more convenient than having to shop for them.

    If you are relying on your local market for fresh herbs, you may not be able to find garlic chives. You can substitute chives but these will give the dish an onion flavor.

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