Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 large sweet potatoes or “yams”
  • Salt, for water and separately for potato mixture
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (we generally up this to ¾ teaspoon or so)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ⅛ cup bourbon
  • Brown sugar, for garnish
  1. Peel and slice sweet potatoes/yams into 1 inch slices.
  2. Place in large pot with cold water and salt (same as you use for pasta or regular mashed potatoes) and bring to boil.
  3. When potatoes are mashable (20-30 minutes boil time), drain water.
  4. In a separate small pan, combine ½ tsp of salt, whipping cream, cayenne, pepper, molasses, butter and bourbon and simmer until butter is melted and mixture is creamy.
  5. Pour mixture over potatoes and mash.
  6. Add additional cream or butter for texture and add molasses, bourbon, cayenne, or salt as necessary to please your palate!
Recipe by The Taste Place at