Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smashed Sweet Potatoes: A Simple, Quick, and Very Tasty Thanksgiving Side

I mentioned before that I have a tiny kitchen, so preparing big meals with many courses can be a challenge. Over the weekend, we had friends over for dinner, and I decided to test a new side dish on them to see if it would be a good addition to our Thanksgiving meal. They really liked it, so it’s a go. And best of all, it’s a really quick dish that doesn’t require the use of the stove as the sweet potatoes are cooked in the microwave.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 5 – 6 sweet potatoes
  • Butter, about 1 – 2 tablespoons
  • Cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like), about 2 tablespoons (more if you feel particularly “cheesy”)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork several times.
  2. Put the potatoes in the microwave and cook them until they are soft. (Three medium sized potatoes cook in the microwave in about 6 minutes.)
  3. Once the potatoes are cooled a bit, peel the skin and cut the potatoes into small pieces.
  4. Smash the warm potatoes with a potato smasher.
  5. Add the butter and the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Reheat the dish in the microwave before serving.
Servings: About 6 – 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes

A super easy and quick dish that’s also very tasty.

In other news, I recently decided to moderate comments. So if you leave a comment and you don’t see it right away, that’s why.

Question: Which part of the Thanksgiving meal are you looking forward to most? I’m really looking forward to the smashed sweet potatoes. I’m also looking forward to pumpkin pie.

Be well,


  1. Anonymous11/20/2011

    this dish looks very nice and it's so simple to make!
    Im actually looking forward to make a sweet potato dish for thanksgiving! :)

  2. Too funny, I just wrote my post for tomorrow and I wrote that SAME question!! My answer is stuffing and turkey with cranberry sauce on top. I also LOVE pecan pie (crazy, considering I am obsessed with pumpkin!).
    The smashed sweet potatoes sound wonderful. I love the addition of cheddar cheese, I never would have thought to do that!

  3. I love sweet potatoes! Can't wait to have them on Thanksgiving.
    I love the addition of cheese. I normally think of adding sweet to sweet potatoes, but I love the savory addition.

  4. @balancejoyanddelicias: Yes, I love how easy it is! :)
    @Gina: Pecan pie sounds good! I think I've only had it once, but I liked it!
    @Kristen: When I first moved here 20 years ago, my introduction to sweet potatoes was with marshmellows, and I didn't really like them. Now I love them sweet and savory!

  5. oooh I love this idea for sweet potatoes!

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  7. Looks good! I only discovered sweet potatoes about 2 years ago when I read about it on blogs. It still isn't a very comment product here but I like them.

    As you might expect: I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving because we don't celebrate it.

  8. Sweet potatoes + cheese = happy ducky!

  9. @SimplyLife: It was good and sooo easy! :)
    @Miz: Hope you'll like them!
    @Fran: It took me quite some time to like sweet potatoes, but now they are one of my favorites!
    @TheBlondeDuck: Cheese makes (almost) everything better! :)

  10. My daughter adores sweet potatoes, and the addition of cheese is great. The best part is I can make them in the microwave and save the oven for turkey! Have a great holiday. :)

  11. My kids are just starting to like sweet potatoes. Because these have cheese in them, I bet they'd be a hit!

  12. What a delicious holiday side dish... love the vibrant color.

  13. @MotherRimmy: Yes, I love that they are done in the microwave and don't taste like it! :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    @Krista: I agree, I think it's the cheese that made them so popular with everyone.
    @Pam: Yes, the color was great.

  14. What a quick and easy sounding recipe; we all need more of these at this time of the year, thanks!

  15. Andrea, thank you for sharing this recipe - so simple and looks great!

  16. Hubby's family does an authentic Italian meal and so I'm looking forward to hand-rolled tortellinis in a rich chicken broth. They're amazing and made with so much love! We haven't been to his side's Thanksgiving in a few years, so I think we're both extra excited for the meal :)

    I love sweet potatoes and there's soemthing about that cheesy and sweet combination that's absolutely amazing!

  17. I appreciate the simplicity of this recipe. Maybe it's the time of year, but I feel a little overwhelmed with complicated and fancy holiday recipes. Sometimes basic is best! :)

    Hope you and your lovely family have a great holiday ;)

  18. @TheCafeSucreFarine: Yes, I think simple is often better this time of year.
    @Biana: Thanks!
    @Nicole: Your family's meal sounds wonderful. Wish I could have some of those tortellini!
    @Lara: I love how simple it is and how well it turned out. Almost didn't post it since it's really a no-cook no-recipe... ;) Have a great holiday, too!

  19. Hmm, which part of the T-Day meal am I most looking forward to? Seconds of everything! ;)

  20. I can't for Thanksgiving. I haven't had time to do much real cooking the last few weeks. Everything has been easy meals. I'm looking forward to stuffing and gravy. YUM!

  21. Anonymous11/22/2011

    The microwave is a wonderful tool for this time of the year when we are preparing so much food.

  22. Anonymous11/22/2011

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! Thanks for this lovely recipe

    HAppy Thanksgiving!



  23. @Carolyn: I love seconds, too! :) I guess I may see you at the gym on Friday... ;)
    @Jenn: I love stuffing & gravy. And potatoes! :)
    @backroadjournal: Yes! Great way to make life a little less stressful this time of year... :)
    @peacelovenutrition: Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  24. Anonymous11/22/2011

    oh my goodness andrea this looks like the best! to me the sides are the best part of tday for sure. turkey meh i could live without. i hope you have a great day with your family!

  25. @Kalli: Yes, sides are definitely my favorite part, too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!