Save time, but get all the flavor with Instant Pot sweet potato mash that will satisfy like your favorite sweet potato casserole, but with a lot more ease.
It is mildly spiced, savory and sweet at the same time.
It’s perfect for special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, it’s so good, you’ll want to make this a regular.
And why not, since it’s an easy dish with a comforting, mildly spiced flavor.
It is rich and creamy, but the labneh lightens it up, in comparison with other dishes that use cream cheese.
When I make this as part of our regular non holiday meals, I try to cut back just a little bit on the butter and maple syrup. If you’re concerned about the amount of syrup and butter, you can begin by using half the given amount, and after cooking you can add in the rest if necessary.
Same goes for salt, you can try it after cooking and add more if you like.
In my opinion, you can get away with less, because sweet potatoes are naturally creamy and sweet.
But for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I usually use the full amounts in the recipe, just to be a little more festive. 🙂
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Ingredients in Sweet Potato Mash
- Sweet Potatoes — Washed and peeled, cut into large pieces (quarters), try to make them approximate equal size.
- Butter — you can use salted or unsalted butter. If you use unsalted, you may need to add a little more salt, to your preference.
- Maple Syrup — use 100% pure maple syrup for this recipe.
- Cinnamon — ground cinnamon, we use Ceylon cinnamon.
- Labneh — a thick, creamy yogurt with a taste and texture similar to cream cheese.
- Sour Cream — we use regular sour cream, not light or low fat.
- Salt — Himalayan salt, ground.
Optional topping — You can sprinkle with regular pecan pieces, or oven roasted candied pecan pieces.
How To Make Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash
Instant Pot sweet potato mash is very simple to make in your Instant Pot. Place your washed and peeled, chopped sweet potatoes into your Instant Pot with water. The pieces can be large (quartered) but try to make them similar in size if you can.
Set your Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for a short cooking time of eight minutes.
When your Instant Pot is finished its cycle, add all of the remaining ingredients to your potatoes and mash them.
It’s as easy as that!
When it’s done, you’ll be surprised at the flavor – this Instant Pot sweet potato mash recipe is what you’d expect from a casserole that took so much longer to make.
When it was actually just a quick toss into the Instant Pot followed up with a quick mix.
What To Serve With Sweet Potato Mash
This is a sweet potato mash for a special occasion or holiday.
We enjoy it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But you can serve it year round. It is a perfect side dish with so many main courses throughout the year.
You can easily incorporate it into your favorite meals.
Try it any time of year, but it’s especially cozy during the fall and winter, and with these holiday classics:
- Turkey With Bacon
- Masala Turkey with Mushroom Gravy
- Low Carb Stuffing with Sausage and Goji Berries
- Cranberry Pineapple Sauce in Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Mash Potatoes
During the holidays, it’s a super addition to your favorite turkey dinner!
Go with Instant Pot sweet potato mash to turn any day into a special occasion.
Preparation and Storage Tips
You can store mashed sweet potatoes in your fridge, covered in air tight container for 3-5 days.
If you prepare this ahead of time, you can reheat it in an oven safe casserole dish at 350 degrees F for about a half hour before serving.
Time Saving Tips
If you are making a lot of dishes, you might want to make this the night before to get some of the cooking finished ahead of the big day.
I use two Instant Pots to get at least two holiday recipes out of the way at the same time. Instant Pot Mash Potatoes or garlic potato cauliflower mash and this sweet potato mash in the second Instant Pot.
Similarly, I set turkey giblet stock in one Instant Pot and Cranberry Pineapple Sauce in the second Instant Pot.
This multitasking makes prepping dinners, especially these major holiday ones, so much easier.
This keeps the oven free for the turkey to cook for four hours without any interruptions for other dishes.
Before we had our two Instant Pots Thanksgiving dinner used to take hours longer to prepare, and it was always so stressful.
Now, we have it down to a science, and are pretty much calm and relaxed for the whole process.
It requires much less energy and focus now that we have these appliances.
We’ve gone from scrambling to get it done in time, to a feeling of “we’ve got this” !
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Here’s another easy potato mash recipe. Perfect for special occasions and as a side dish to your favorite mains any time of year.
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash
- 10 Cups Sweet Potatoes, roughly 6 medium size
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Cup Butter
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
- ⅓ Cup Labneh
- ⅓ Cup Sour Cream, regular, not light or fat free
- ¼ Cup Maple Syrup, pure 100%
- Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into large pieces (quarters). Place in Instant Pot.
- Add enough water to barely cover the potatoes and then add the salt.
- Fasten lid securely. Move pressure valve to SEALING position and set Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. When complete, quick release the pressure by moving the pressure valve to the VENTING position.
- Open lid and carefully drain the water.
- Add butter.
- Mash sweet potatoes and butter using a handheld potato masher.
- Add the remaining ingredients (labneh, sour cream, cinnamon and maple syrup).
- Mix well to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy alongside turkey or your favorite mains. Optionally, top with pecan pieces, regular or maple roasted.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.