Sweet and White Mashed Potato Swirl

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Traditional mashed potatoes are comfort food for me.  But adding sweet potatoes makes them so much more interesting and breaks the monotony of plain mashed potatoes.

On the other hand, a dish of 100% sweet potatoes can be cloying and somehow seems to end up mixed with lots of butter, sugar and spices. While I like that on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I don’t want it very often.  Adding white potatoes seems to mellow out the sweet potatoes in a nice way.

Don’t save this dish just for fall and winter holidays.  It’s perfect with grilled meats–especially something spicy. My favorite is sausage for a quick weeknight meal.

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Sweet and White Mashed Potato Swirl
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
White potatoes and sweet potatoes mashed and then swirled together make a great side dish.
  • 1½ pounds white potatoes, peeled and diced in 2-inch pieces
  • 1½ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (divided)
  • ½ + cup warmed milk (divided)
  • Salt
  • Pepper (I use white pepper)
  1. Place white potatoes in bottom of saucepan, then sweet potatoes on top. Barely cover potatoes with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer until potatoes are fork tender but not falling apart.
  2. Drain potatoes. Remove sweet potatoes from the pan and place in another bowl. Mash white potatoes your favorite way. I normally use a masher--sometimes a portable mixer. Add 2 tablespoons (or more) butter and ⅓ cup (+ more as necessary) milk until desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Repeat step two with sweet potatoes. Start with about 2 tablespoons of milk, adding until consistency matches white potatoes.
  4. Plop mashed sweet potatoes back into pan with mashed white potatoes and take a couple folds with a spoon to barely mix. Move to serving dish being careful not to mix too much.


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nan April 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

I had the same idea. Somebody gave me a couple cans of sweet potatoes/yams (I know they aren’t the same thing but people want to MASH the two, heh, so let’s let them) and I had before just ate them by themselves and didn’t like them. I was going to either regift the cans to a foodbank or someone else, or use them in a recipe. Mixing them in with mashed regular potatoes, which I love, was my easier idea, since I am NOT a cook/chef. I figured it would be a nice color addition and would get rid of them easiest, lol! Will try!


Paula April 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Hi Nan,
Another delicious thing to do with sweet potatoes is to use them in breadmaking. See this recipe.


Stevie November 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I had this same idea. So I searched it to see who else had the same idea. I’m not alone! Thank you!


Chaya July 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I mixchunks together but I have never mixed mashed. I must try this. I bet it is terrific.


Romaine July 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

Chunks would be good too–and one less step.


Michelle July 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

What a great idea. And also a great way to sneak in some great vitamins!


Sandy July 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Fantastic! I really like the idea of mixing the two. I love sweet potatoes but the rest of the family not so much. I think this would be a great option for us all and just maybe they will love the two mixed together. Your pictures are beautiful.


Jenny July 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I’ve never thought of that! They look beautiful and I imagine they taste just as good!


mike July 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm

That’s like mixing white flour and whole wheat (they just go together). They play nice. They (I imagine) taste divine together. What a great idea mixing – I’ve never seen that before! Agree – sweet potatoes in the summer are sliced into fries and baked (at my house) – but other than that – holiday time! Great recipe and beautiful photographs!


sir jorge July 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

now that sounds amazing


Jess--Sugar High July 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Potatoes are my favorite food. I think this looks wonderful! Great idea. I can’t wait to make potatoes like this, I think I may use red potatoes in place of the white. Thanks for sharing!


Susie July 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

these look yummy! hey, do you have your homemade noodles documented anywhere on this website? you know that this recipe needs to be in the cookbook at some point! i wonder if these potatoes would be good with the noodles?


Paula July 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

What a great idea! I love that recipe!

Have a nice day!


Amanda July 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

What a cool idea! I am not a huge fan of sweet potatoes by themselves so I think I would like this recipe. Thanks!


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