Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes

  Apr 19, 2017  |  #Entrees

These Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes only require 6 ingredients, and are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. A cheesy and buttery outside combines with a soft and sweet inside that will tantalize your tastebuds. 

Butter Cheddar Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Goood morning! On the topic of mornings, I’ve made it out for morning runs two out of the three days this week. That’s a big deal for me, because I am typically NOT a morning running person. But I kinda like it.

What I’m finding is that I feel more energized throughout the day, and I’m not having to spend mental time figuring out when/if I’ll get a workout in.

I made a valiant effort this weekend to slow down. I got a manicure and pedicure (self care ftw), and basically lounged all day on Sunday after the Easter church service. Days like those are far, few and in between, but are so needed when life gets so busy.

weekend recap

We were also eating plenty of these sweet potatoes. PSA: I have an extreme obsession and love for sweet potatoes. Anyone else with me? They’re so versatile, so tasty and so nutrient dense.

You can use them in blueberry sweet potato bread as a garnish, as meatless plant based nachos, in a healthy turkey burger, on top of pizza, in pizza crust, a sweet potato smoothie, and so much more. I think it’s apparent how much I use these guys – here’s a post sharing 20 ways to use sweet potatoes!

How to Smash Your Sweet Potatoes

So, the key for these Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes is to try to find sweet potatoes that are similar in size, to ensure similar depth and size in the coins. Once you cut and cook them, you’ll smash them with your fork.

Just make some indentations for the butter goodness to seep into.

And now you have an empty palate for which you can stuff anything your heart desires into (garlic, oil, fruit, chocolate, nuts…the opportunities are endless)!

Butter Cheddar Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Then, you’ll add your cheese and throw them in the oven for 15-20 minutes to get crispy.

I added more cheese with a few minutes left, because who is opposed to more cheese? More flavor, more calcium and more protein.

Butter Cheddar Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Short on time?

Oh, and my trick here is that I microwave my sweet potatoes when I’m short on time. Rather than waiting for the oven to preheat and baking them for 30 minutes, I pop them in the microwave for 6-7 minutes.

My microwave method isn’t ideal if you’re looking for crispy sweet potato fries, but it’s a speedy method for some quick prep.

I would imagine you could even grill these for some more flavor. Hope you guys enjoy these as much as we did! We paired them with some burgers and asparagus for a nice outdoor meal.

Butter Cheddar Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Another fun way to use sweet potatoes is by making these bacon wrapped sweet potatoes!

Smashed sweet potatoes on baking sheet

Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes only require 6 ingredients, and are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. A cheesy and buttery outside combines with a soft and sweet inside that will tantalize your tastebuds.


  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese + 1-2 tbsp for topping (I used cheddar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook sweet potatoes until they are tender. You can microwave them for 5-7 minutes, or bake for 25-30 minutes.
  2. While sweet potatoes are cooking, melt butter and mix with garlic and spices.
  3. Cut sweet potato into coin shapes, smash with a fork and arrange on your baking sheet.
  4. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, garnish with some more cheese, and broil on low for 2 more minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g


Butter Cheddar Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Sweet Potatoes



19 responses to “Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Confession: I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes. And I did give them several tries. However, your recipe sounds like it would be equally as delicious with regular potatoes. Also: more cheese = more calcium?! I like this dietitian-approved advice for more cheesy goodness.

  2. Definitely with you on loving sweet potatoes! So versatile and nourishing; and your recipe is awesome! I also love your manicure 🙂

  3. Buttery and cheddar? Those sound so good together with a sweet potato.

    It’s kind of comforting hearing that I’m not the only one who isn’t a true morning runner. I just usually take my time in the morning, but during the summer I like to do more running runs because the afternoons are so warm.

    1. I’m trying to do more running in the morning because it frees up my day, but it definitely doesn’t come naturally. Although, I’m with you in the summer months!

  4. Oh cool! I’ve never done a smashed potato but they always look fun. Always up for a new way to eat my beloved sweet tater.

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