A handful of sweet potatoes, maple syrup, and butter meets heavy cream, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon seasonings for the most delicious Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes ever! This is the perfect one pot side dish to whip up for Thanksgiving Day or to pair with any everyday meal. It’s sure to be a huge hit!
Why this mashed sweet potatoes in crock pot recipe works
Most sweet potato recipes are cooked on the stovetop or with a combination of stovetop and oven. What I love most about this recipe is that it’s cooked conveniently in the slow cooker. No boiling in a pot on the stove top or baking for hours in the oven. Instead, these sweet potatoes steam in the slow cooker with butter and a touch of water. Then I add spices, maple syrup, and a small amount of heavy cream.
Almost the entire holiday dinner can be prepared in the slow cooker. From the ham to the green beans, these mashed sweet potatoes can now join the crock pot crowd! These crock pot sweet potatoes are amazing and can be dressed in lots of ways. Check my topping suggestions below.
- Sweet Potatoes: You’ll only need about 6 sweet potatoes peeled and diced. It should be roughly 7 cups when measured.
- Butter: I prefer to use salted butter.
- Water: Although this recipe calls for water, you can also use apple juice.
- Maple Syrup: Using syrup adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
- Heavy Cream: Adding this towards the end will help cream the mashed sweet potatoes up a bit.
- Seasonings: Ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt are all you need to finish up these delicious sweet mashed potatoes.
Step One – Add the peeled and chopped sweet potatoes to the slow cooker. Slice the butter and place it on top.
Step Two – Pour over the water or apple juice. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
Step Three – When cooking time is complete, use a potato masher to mash and make creamy sweet potatoes. Add the remaining ingredients (maple syrup, heavy cream, and seasonings) and stir until smooth.
Step Four – Serve with additional butter slices and toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
What toppings to add to mashed sweet potatoes:
- After you add butter, consider an extra dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of chopped pecans, and a few mini marshmallows.
- Another yummy combination is brown sugar and cinnamon or Greek yogurt (or sour cream).
You can try coconut milk or chicken broth instead of water or apple juice.
The next best (and easiest appliance) to use instead of a masher would be an electric hand mixer (or stand electric mixer). Either one will work fine.
Store any remaining sweet potatoes in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
It’s a great idea to serve these alongside dishes that aren’t sweet in flavor. These sweet potatoes can almost be considered a dessert, so I would pair them with sides such as green greens, turnip or collard greens, or a salad.
Yes. Be sure to use the KEEP WARM setting. This cook mode prevents the potatoes from burning.
Yes. Follow the cooking directions as is. You may have to add more liquid to prevent the burn notice from going off on your instant pot. I still think slow cookers are the best option for this recipe.
Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 6 sweet potatoes peeled and diced (this was about 7 cups, measured)
- 1/2 cup salted butter 1 stick
- 1/4 cup water or apple juice
Add these items at the end
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Add the peeled and diced sweet potatoes to the slow cooker. Slice the butter and place on top. Pour over the water.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
- When the cooking time is done, add the maple syrup, heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth OR use a potato masher and mash by hand.
- Serve with additional butter if desired.
How to Video:
- Store any remaining sweet potatoes in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- The next best (and easiest appliance) to use instead of a masher would be an electric hand mixer (or stand electric mixer). Either one will work fine.
- You can keep these potatoes on warm for a few hours. You may need to add a splash of water to keep them moist; be sure to stir occasionally.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.