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4-Ingredient Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter

These 4-Ingredient Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter would make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu! Quick, easy, and SO delicious!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword thanksgiving sides, sweet potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 317kcal
Cost $8


  • potato masher
  • stock pot


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Flaked maldon salt to taste


  • Add potatoes to a large pot. Fill with enough cold water to cover potatoes. Place potatoes on the stove and bring to a boil and then reduce to a slow bowl (medium heat) until potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes.
  • While potatoes cook, add butter to a small skillet. Turn the heat on medium-high, and once the butter begins to brown on the edges, swirl the pan. Keep swirling the pan until the butter becomes a deep brown and smells nutty, about 2-3 minutes. Pour into a small bowl, and make sure to get all the little brown bits (There's a lot of flavor in them!).
  • Drain potatoes, and if needed, pat potatoes dry. Working in batches, run potatoes through ricer and back into pot. If you don't have a ricer, just use a potato masher.
  • Once potatoes are smooth, use a potato masher to blend in brown butter, brown sugar, half and half, and salt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garish with a little bit of brown sugar and flaked Maldon salt. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 21969IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg