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Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Completely customizable Smashed Sweet Potatoes with their tender inside and crispy outside make the perfect easy side or delectable snack!

 Smashed Sweet Potatoes- an easy and delicious side dish recipe!

I am a long time fan of smashed potatoes.  With a just a few simple ingredients and mostly make-ahead technique, these morsels are a go-to company side at my house that everyone always raves about.  Now, with Fall in full swing (well, I’m trying to make it feel like Fall with food because its still in the 80s/90s here in San Diego!),  I was eager to try this same simple technique on sweet potatoes and the results were magical!

Simply boil your potatoes until tender, cut in half, brush with olive oil, and lightly smash.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes- an easy and delicious side dish recipe!

Now here comes the fun part!  You can smother these potatoes with whatever your heart desires.  I topped mine with butter, brown sugar and salt but you could go with more butter/herb or butter/chipotle – anything you can dream up.  And they will taste AH-mazing!

Smashed Sweet Potatoes- an easy and delicious side dish recipe!

As the potatoes bake, the butter seeps deep into the smashed crevices, the brown sugar caramelizes and the olive-oil coated skin crisps up so after baking you have a sweet and buttery creamy inside with a salt-kissed, wonderfully crispy outside begging you to dig in…

Smashed Sweet Potatoes- an easy and delicious side dish recipe!

Perfection every time.  These Smashed Sweet Potatoes will make your taste buds happy!  Happy Fall!


Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Smashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cleaned
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste


  1. Add the potatoes (skin on) to a large pot of boiling water.  Boil 25 to 28 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes or until barely fork tender.  You want them cooked through, but don't overcook or the skins will start to come off.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Carefully remove the potatoes from the pot and pat dry.  Cut the potatoes in half and set on the prepared baking sheet.  Brush all skin sides of each potato with olive oil, and then slightly smash each potato.
  4. Top each potato with 1/3 tablespoon butter (more or less if desired) then sprinkle each potato with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and salt to taste.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and skins are slightly crispy.
  • Butter and brown sugar measurements are a guideline - use more or less as desired.   This recipe is a guideline for any variations you can dream up!

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Cystic fibrosis survivor, lung and kidney transplant recipient, lover of life and FOOD! Jen is the recipe developer, photographer and writer at Carlsbad Cravings where she shares tried and true daringly delicious recipes with big, bold flavors for the everyday home cook.

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8 Responses to “Smashed Sweet Potatoes”

  1. postedOct 20, 2015 5:43 PM

    I love sweet potatoes and smashed potatoes so definitely loving this recipe.  I like the idea of the chipotle butter – sweet and smoky!

  2. postedOct 20, 2015 11:04 PM

    Yes! I love smashed potatoes and I never thought to do sweet potatoes! Yum!

  3. postedOct 21, 2015 6:34 AM

    Butter seeping into my sweet potato as it bakes? The horror. I better eat them all before anyone else sees them…

  4. postedOct 21, 2015 8:02 AM

    Sweet potatoes are so good. I love adding a big pat of butter to the hot top and watching it slowly disappear in to the mound of potato.

  5. postedOct 21, 2015 4:40 PM

    I guess the sweet potatoes could be boiled ahead of time and finished in the oven later.

  6. postedOct 21, 2015 4:46 PM

    Love sweet potatoes.  This is a great recipe.

  7. postedOct 22, 2015 11:35 AM

    This sounds delish. Could I microwave the sweet potatoes,rather than boiling them? I can’t wait to try this!

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