Sweet Potato Mash Bake

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Hello, World!

But first, let me congratulate my Canadian readers on the approaching Thanksgiving Day! Yo-hoo!

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Indeed, it’s hard to believe that just 6 months ago I was posting some Easter recipes. Those days the Havoc In The Kitchen had been running for a few weeks. And now it’s Thanksgiving! There are only a couple of months left, and the blog will have had the whole year cycle. Cool, right?

But the most exciting thing is that there are the fantastic holidays coming: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. All right, I’ll probably participate in St. Patrick’s Day too by baking something green #GreenLavenderCupcakes.

Well, there’s a Halloween, but I’m not sure I would able to make something. I’ll try #PumpkinStuffedWithLavender.

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Thanksgiving is an absolutely phenomenal day with the deep historic roots. But let’s be honest – it’s about food too, right?

Besides, I’ve got a HUGE advantage. Guess what?

A hint: I live in Canada.

Got it? Great!

Basically, Thanksgiving means the time between the Canadian and the USA holidays. Almost 2 months! Awesome.

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That doesn’t mean I’m celebrating all this time – I’m talking about the blogging matters. Usually, I don’t have much time (and often I am too late) and post one or two recipes just before a holiday. The Christmas time is an exception #AllDecember. Thus, my recipes might be not as actual as they could be on the other blogs.

But here there’s no chance to screw it up. And hopefully, I would be able to help in developing a festive menu not only the folks from Canada but also from the USA. Am I a smart guy?:)

This October and November you are going to see many good things – side dishes, deviled eggs, and definitely some great apple, pecan, and pumpkin desserts. Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, apples, and other seasonal produce are my best friends these months. I mean, If you haven’t subscribed to this blog, it’s the right time:) Stay tuned!

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I think this Brussels Sprouts Mash could be a great option for your Thanksgiving meal.

And now there’s another great mash. Sweet Potato Mash Bake.

Friends, it’s scrumptious! That might be the best mashed sweet potatoes you’ve ever tried. How couldn’t be this delicious, eh? Creamy and rich sweet potatoes with bacon and sage cannot be a wrong thing. Did I mention BAKED? I’ve been making this for 3 years, and this means a lot.

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Usually, I use chicken bacon, but this time I decided on incorporating some real stuff #DontJudgeMePlease. That’s obviously not the healthiest version you could make. Bacon, butter, and cream.

It wasn’t even a side dish for us. We ate it as the main course. No salad needed. It was so good that we might have eaten the entire baking dish at once.

We are not embarrassed about that. Because it’s the best Sweet Potato Mash Bake.

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But what about you, my friends? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you like sweet potato mash? And lastly, do you think this Sweet Potato Mash Bake is the best mash ever?

(A person gives the right answer will receive a price – 10 pounds of dry lavender).

Happy Thanksgiven, Canada!

Sweet Potato Mash Bake | Havocinthekitchen.com

Sweet Potato Mash Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 (as a side dish)

This buttery, creamy and rich Sweet Potato Mash Bake, with bacon, sage, and smoked paprika is a perfect dish for your Thanksgiving dinner or any other occasion.


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (approximately 7 cups)
  • 4-6 bacon slices, cubed
  • a handful of fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (unsalted if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons light cream (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • dry chili, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 185 degrees C (365-370 degrees F).
  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until soft (you can cook in a microwave too). Drain.
  3. Cook the bacon in a pan until slightly crispy or the desired texture.
  4. Mash the potatoes. Add the butter, cream, sage. Season with the salt, smoked paprika, and chili.
  5. Add the bacon. You could incorporate some accumulated fats which would add a nice smoked flavor. In this case, adding the cream is optional. Or you can add the cream and one tablespoon of the fat.
  6. Transfer the mashed potatoes in a baking dish. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Finish it up by grilling at higher temperature for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!









14 Thoughts on “Sweet Potato Mash Bake

  1. This looks so scrumptious with all the little bits crispy and caramelized on the top.
    And bacon, well serve it up Ben!
    Plus, you don’t need to be an American to enjoy Thanksgiving – it’s the spirit of the holiday that matters. :)
    Kevin | Keviniscooking recently posted…Pumpkin Cheesecake ParfaitsMy Profile

  2. Ben – you opened my eyes today – usually I have bacon and regular potatoes – never have I ever tried bacon and sweet potatoes together – or in a mash! I bet this was delicious and I don’t blame y’all for finishing it in one go!
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted…No Bake Fruit and Yogurt Crumble PiesMy Profile

  3. Hahahaha! Love how you want to just shove lavender into all things holiday related and call it a day! I admire you, my friend! ;) Now this sweet potato mash bake – Um YES! LOVE that you used REAL bacon and sage! This looks perfecto! I must give this a go… although, I will probably add bourbon. lol. I KID! (maybe). ;) But for real, this makes a stellar side dish… errrr meal! As for my favorite side? Gah, ALL OF THEM! I honestly load up on the sides and tend to skip the turkey because by the time thanksgiving rolls around I am tired of all.the.turkey! Anyways, love this, buddy! Cheers! <3
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Butternut Squash & Pancetta Baked Risotto {with Crispy Sage Leaves}My Profile

  4. I envision a future in which medical research reveals that bacon, cream, and butter are the only things that were actually keeping us alive all this time.
    Jeff the Chef recently posted…Georgina’s and a Food Truck CourtMy Profile

  5. Mmm. Yes, I love sweet potato casserole and our sausage stuffing is pretty special as well – but your recipe sounds divine! Hey – wanted to tell you, hubby and I attended a brewfest this past weekend, and I tried…wait for it…lavender hard cider…and better yet – I loved it! Of course I thought of you!
    annie@ciaochowbambina recently posted…Pumpkin & Nutmeg Fritters with Vanilla CreamMy Profile

  6. I love the idea of mashed sweet potatoes…turned into a bake! I’m imagining all of those flavors, and I like where this is going. I could definitely see this dish on our Thanksgiving table in, oh, 6 weeks or so. ;-) And this is the 2nd best sweet potato mash bake I’ve ever seen. Not that I’ve ever seen another one…I just wouldn’t know what to do with 10 pounds of lavender. Haha! Well, done!
    David @ Spiced recently posted…Roasted Asparagus and Gruyere QuicheMy Profile

  7. Mmmmm, this is indeed best Sweet Potato Mash Bake. Looks so stunning and so delish. I need this in my life! :)
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen recently posted…Whole Black Gram Sprouts with Oven Toasted Garlic BaguetteMy Profile

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