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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Sweet and Salty Mashed Potatoes

20 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This blend of creamy yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes is the perfect balance of savory and sweet for the Thanksgiving table! The crisped up prosciutto adds a great crunchy element that everyone will love.


Sweet and Salty Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes (peeled and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 vanilla bean (split and seeds scraped out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (from about 1 lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 6 slices prosciutto (thinly sliced crosswise into julienne strips)


  1. This recipe originally appeared on Giada's Holiday Handbook. Episode: Giada's Italian Thanksgiving.
  2. Add both potatoes to a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and season well with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until the bits at the bottom of the skillet are deep brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to a ricer in batches and rice into a medium bowl. Add the butter, cream, vanilla seeds, lemon zest and 3/4 teaspoon salt and mix well with a rubber spatula to combine.
  5. Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat until hot. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring often with a slotted spoon, until crispy and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  6. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the crispy prosciutto before serving.

1 comment

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    Debbie Sheats - Jun 09

    everyone loved it and easy to make !! already have request for this for Christmas dinner

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