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mashed sweet potatoes in serving bowl with pecans sprinkled on top

The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect holiday side dish or make them for an easy weeknight dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 lb Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 c Half and Half
  • 3 Tbsp Butter (Reserve 1 Tbsp)
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 c Chopped Pecans


  • Peel sweet potatoes.
  • Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add 2 Tbsp. butter and sweet potatoes to a saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until the potatoes begin to soften, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add half and half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and continue a slow simmer.
  • Cook until potatoes become super tender. Approximately 20 - 25 minutes. Stir frequently to keep potatoes from sticking or burning on the bottom.
  • Remove potatoes from heat. Using either a potato masher or a hand mixer, mash the potatoes until they become smooth.
  • Mix in pecans and remaining 1 Tbsp of butter. Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm.