Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Pancetta

Total Time
40hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 hrs

I thought I had Thanksgiving all figured out until I ran into this recipe. More savory than sweet it might be just the thing to complete that turkey dinner!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil sweet potatoes in large saucepan of boiling salted water over medium-high heat 15-20 minutes or until very tender.
  2. Drain sweet potatoes; return to saucepan.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot.
  4. Add pancetta; cook 2-3 minutes or until pancetta begins to brown.
  5. Add onion; cook 15-20 minutes or until onions are caramelized, stirring frequently.
  6. Adjust heat, if necessary, to prevent onions from browning too quickly.
  7. Add vinegar; stir, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet.
  8. Over very low heat, mash sweet potatoes.
  9. Add mascarpone, salt and pepper.
  10. Stir in onion mixture.
  11. *Noteyou can use bacon if you don't have pancetta available.
  12. Just cook the bacon in a medium pot of boiling water 1 minute.
  13. Drain and rinse until cool.
  14. Blanching helps remove some of the smoky flavor from the bacon.
Most Helpful

My husband doesn't like the traditional sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and marshmallows, so I was going to make a small dish for myself. Then I found this more savory-than-sweet recipe. He enjoyed them, our guests and I loved them! I used regular bacon instead of pancetta. I also did the onions overnight in the crockpot (did a lot for another recipe). We definitely will make this again for the holidays.

Marmish November 27, 2003

This is an excellent alternative to the ultra sweet dishes that usually are made of sweet potatoes. It is unusual and I hope it will be a hit at my Thanksgiving meal.

Andrea Borden November 26, 2003

I made this last year, and we enjoyed it so much that I served it again at yesterday's Christmas dinner. I love the flavors and wouldn't change a thing!

JanthePan December 26, 2009