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Easy Duchess Sweet Potatoes

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These easy duchess sweet potatoes add a little pizzazz to your plate, but they are really simple to make. They would be a fun way to change up your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, but are delicious any time!

plate with slices of roast chicken, roasted brussels sprouts and 3 ruffly duchess sweet potatoes.

Fancy up your sweet potatoes without much effort! These lovely duchess sweet potatoes make your dinner plate look nice and they taste delicious.

Nobody has to know how easy they were to make. They would be perfect for a fall dinner party, Thanksgiving or just because!

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, egg, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt ready to be made into duchess potatoes.

Do you guys like sweet potatoes?  My husband could definitely go without.  He usually humors me if I make them, but skips them at Thanksgiving.

I, on the other hand, love them.  I love sweet potato fries, roasted sweet potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole.  You name it, I probably like it!

mixing bowl with potato masher, mashed sweet potatoes and egg.

I wanted to try something a little bit different, thinking maybe I would find the perfect thing to bring that husband of mine over to my side.  So, I thought it would be fun to make a duchess potato version of sweet potatoes!

You get some slightly crunchy bits on the edges and soft, pillowy sweet potato on the inside.  What’s not to love?

mashed sweet potato mixture in glass mixing bowl, ready to make duchess sweet potatoes.

I am a busy mom though.  I work a full time job, chase a kid who is full of energy and have to make dinner in the few minutes in between.  

So, starting with fresh sweet potatoes that need to be peeled and boiled didn’t seem realistic. That’s where the quick and easy part of this recipe comes in.

mashed sweet potato mixture in piping bag with some swirls piped out onto parchment ready to bake into duchess sweet potatoes.

In traditional duchess potatoes, you’d start with whole russets and turn them into mashed potatoes. A little piping and baking later and you have something new and fancier than you had before.

I envisioned doing something similar with the sweet potatoes, but didn’t want to spend quite that much time and effort. But where there is a will, there is a way!

tray of mashed sweet potato piped into swirls for duchess sweet potatoes ready to go in oven.

I knew just the thing to save most of the time and effort would be to use canned sweet potatoes.  It worked like a charm!

Just drain them and give them a mash.  Mix in a few quick ingredients, spoon them into a piping bag and “Voila!” magic is born!

close up of baked duchess sweet potatoes on dinner plate with chicken and brussels sprouts

This shortcut method makes these quick enough to make on a weeknight and fancy enough to serve to guests.  They would be a fun twist to your classic sweet potato side on Thanksgiving or would be great alongside a ham as well.

I don’t think they made my husband a sweet potato lover, but he did eat a couple.  I’ll take that as a win for now and accept the challenge of still working to convert him!

looking down on round dinner plate with duchess sweet potatoes, turkey and roasted brussels sprouts.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure you mash the sweet potatoes really well.  They are easier to pipe if there aren’t lumps to block the tip.
  • Don’t want to spice them with cinnamon? Try some chili powder instead!
  • Don’t want to spend the whole dinner party in the kitchen? Mash and mix the mixture ahead of time. Then all you have to do is pipe and bake them when it’s dinner time.
  • Have fresh sweet potatoes? Just peel and boil them until they are soft enough to mash!
  • Have leftover baked sweet potatoes? No problem! Just scoop out the middles and mash away!

Why are they called duchess potatoes?

The earliest known recipe for duchess potatoes was found in a French cookbook in 1746. At the time the term duchess was used to describe any recipe that used mashed potatoes and egg yolks.

More Great Recipes To Try:

Skillet sweet potatoes are another wonderful side dish. They are candied with sugar, butter, and milk and they taste amazing.

If you like sweet potatoes, try making a condensed milk sweet potato pie. The ingredient list is short and the result is fabulous.

plate with slices of roast chicken, roasted brussels sprouts and 3 ruffly duchess sweet potatoes.

Easy Duchess Sweet Potatoes

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
These duchess sweet potatoes add a little pizzazz to your plate, but they are really simple to make. They would be a fun way to change up your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, but are delicious any time!
4.91 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 29 oz can sweet potatoes drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon grated nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Mash together all ingredients until smooth and uniform. You want the mixture to be really smooth as lumps will clog the piping tip.
    1 egg, 29 oz can sweet potatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Spoon into a piping bag with a large star tip.
  • Pipe small mounds onto parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 191mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 5th of November 2018

I love these cute little bite-sized sweet potaotes! I would even serve these as an appetizer!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

They would be a fun appetizer!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Still loving these gorgeous little potato mounds of deliciousness!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

Thank you!


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

My Irishman husband is all about white potatoes too, but I love sweet potatoes. These are so creative and beautiful!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

What is it about our husbands?! Thank you!


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

I love how easy you made this! I love sweet potatoes also. Grumpy used to say he hated them. Then I made them mashed one day and he completely changed his mind. I think he was used to just getting it placed in front of him baked when he was a kid and he preferred a regular baking potato. :) I'll have to give this a try, they are perfect for the holidays!


Thursday 8th of November 2018

I need to see if my husband would go for mashed sweet potatoes!

Family Around the Table

Friday 2nd of November 2018

I love Duchess potatoes but have never made them with sweet potatoes. What a great idea!


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

They are so delicious and easy to make, I hope you give them a go!