Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

This recipe was developed to top our Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Mash, but we won't blame you if it becomes your new go-to side. If there are sweet potato fans in your house, give this recipe a whirl—it's a departure from traditional mashed sweet potato recipes, but guaranteed to be a new favorite. The recipe starts with boiled sweet potatoes. Fresh Parmesan, sour cream, butter, salt, and pepper take the already-delicious spuds to the next level. To achieve your desired consistency, use either a potato masher or an electric mixer. Suddenly you'll have a bowl of warm and savory Sweet Potato Mash destined for topping our top-notch Shepherd's Pie or ready for taking its gig as side dish to a starring role on your dinner table.

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash
Photo: Southern Living
5 cups


  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (about ½ cup)

  • 6 tablespoons sour cream

  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) salted butter, softened

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high, and boil until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to pan. Add Parmesan, sour cream, butter, salt, and pepper; mash with a potato masher or electric mixer until smooth.

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