How to make sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving ahead of time

Easy Make Ahead Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

If you like to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible like I do, you’ll want to add this recipe to your recipe box! Make Ahead Whipped Sweet Potatoes are a staple at my Thanksgiving table, and the biggest reason is because they’re so easy to make. They’re delicious and my Thanksgiving table wouldn’t be complete without them!

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a day that you worry about getting food on the table.  It’s a day you should spend with your family making memories.  That’s why I make so many of my Thanksgiving sides ahead of time.  Honestly, all I do the morning of Thanksgiving is get the bird into the oven.  I make my green vegetable sides the day of.  The rest is already done! You can have this kind of easy Thanksgiving as well!

Easy Make Ahead Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

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This recipe was one that I have tested over time, and has become a family favorite.  It’s sweet, it’s savory, and it’s delicious.  Did you know the history of why we enjoy sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving? There is already someone who has done a great deal of work and research on this topic – you can read all about the history of the sweet potato here!

I like any dish that I can make ahead of time, especially for Thanksgiving because frankly, I want to spend the time watching the Macy’s Day Parade and waiting for Santa (I get teary eyed every year). Plus, how on earth would you make homemade sweet potatoes the day of if you didn’t have a double oven? The microwave comes to mind, but that isn’t something I tend to use on Thanksgiving day.  

Recipe for Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes - make ahead

Which says Thanksgiving to you- sweet potatoes or regular mashed potatoes?

I don’t understand how you can have one without the other on Thanksgiving Day.  So I’m going to say both.  Firmly, both.  

Can you freeze mashed sweet potatoes?

Absolutely! You can make this dish up to two weeks ahead of turkey day! Simply let them cool and place them in a freezer safe container.  Take the out of the freezer the night before and place them into the fridge to thaw.  Remove from their container and place into a buttered dish about 45 minutes prior to cooking.

What foods can you make ahead for Thanksgiving or Christmas?

I make the following foods ahead of time for Thanksgiving:

In addition, I also do a ton of prep work ahead of time.  You can read more about that here!

What side do you most look forward to on Thanksgiving day?

It’s my mom’s stuffing, for sure.  Making it really brings me back to all of the Thanksgiving days we spent together growing up, and there are no sweeter memories than those of your mom.

What’s your go-to Thanksgiving side?

Everyone has their favorite, and I’d love to hear about yours! It’s ok if it’s pie.  I won’t tell.  

How to make Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes ahead of time.

Easy Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This simple recipe for whipped sweet potatoes can be made way ahead of Thanksgiving because they can be frozen! They're creamy, and delicious with all of the tastes of Thanksgiving!


  • 4 pounds firm, and cleaned sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons of butter (I use salted)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chopped, fresh sage


  1. Clean your sweet potatoes and bake in a 425 degree oven for about an hour. They should be tender to the touch.
  2. After the sweet potatoes have cooled slightly, remove the skins using a damp paper towel.
  3. Add the sweet potoates, butter, cinnamon, fresh sage, and other spices into your food processor (a mixer will also work) and whip until smooth.
  4. Add to a buttered dish, and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar, a couple of sage leaves, or a sprig of mint - whatever you have on hand and serve immediately.


Use some Thanksgiving compound butter to top your whipped sweet potatoes

If you have decided to freeze your sweet potatoes, let them cool first and then place them in the fridge. if you are making them more than a day in advance, place them in a freezer friendly container after cooled. Place them in the fridge the night prior to defrost, and take them out of the fridge 1/2 hour prior to warming up for dinner. Warm them in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
I hope you enjoy these Easy Make Ahead Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes!

Cheers – and Happy Holidays,


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