Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes

These goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy side dish for dinner.
Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes

Yesterday while starring at a PowerPoint presentation about capital spending on college campuses, I started thinking about sweet potatoes. Because obviously there’s a correlation between $/gross square foot spent on college buildings and my side dish for dinner.


Goat cheese spinach mashed sweet potatoes

There are certain things that I always have on hand. Wrinkly sweet potatoes on the verge of going soft (ha!), baby spinach (which my ghetto Asian produce market spells “spinage” on the plastic box it comes in), goat cheese and this plastic baggy of dried thyme that I’ve had well over a year for the sole reason that I have severe issues throwing things out.

I eat them all individually, but why not mashed together to make a creamy, veggie filled side dish?

Goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes

Add in some sautéed shallots for some extra flavor and this was the perfect side to the filet mignon we ate last night for dinner. Basically, I did a Valentine’s dinner a day late and I think it tasted even better than it would’ve on Valentine’s Day simply because I spent 24 hours dreaming about it after seeing too many pictures of other people’s delicious filet dinners.

A juicy, medium rare filet is exactly why I could absolutely never be a vegetarian. It’s all that’s right in this world in one perfect forkful.

Goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes with spinach

These are creamy from the goat cheese and yet sweet from the shallots. You don’t even know the spinach is there except for it’s texture so it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greenery.

Spinach and goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes

Could you eat this alongside tofu or tempeh? Sure…I guess. But if you eat meat, go splurge on the best cut you can find and get this on your dinner table with it.

Wine is mandatory optional.

Goat Cheese Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Goat Cheese Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy side dish for dinner.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs of dried (or fresh) thyme


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While potatoes cook, saute shallots with olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat until softened and just starting the brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Combine cooked potatoes, sauteed shallots, spinach, goat cheese, milk and thyme if using in a medium bowl.
  4. Mash together with a potato masher or fork until well combined.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste and mash again.
  6. Serve warm.


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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    woah, great idea for this!! i like the soft sweet potatoes hahaha ;) this is a really healthy rendition of mashed potatoes.. i feel like it’s good for your digestive system too LOL..god, this really would be good atop steak or something like that.

  2. katie @KatieDid

    I’m so hungry and this did not help the situation. These sound so. freaking. good! And I agree with every word about the medium rare filet (which I was also drooling over when I looked at the pic through twitter last night!).

  3. Jess

    OMG I think you’ve outdone yourself with this one — I am practically drooling on my keyboard over here. That looks FREAKIN’ amazing. All of my favorite things in one bowl – *and* you paired it with filet. I love how your mind works!!

  4. Cait's Plate

    I’ve never tried goat cheese – is it a really stinky cheese? I feel like so many people use it so I might have to get on board!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Cait- not stinky at all! Do you like cream cheese? That’s the best comparison I can think of. Kind of tart and creamy.

  5. Margarita

    Any chance I get to sneak handfuls upon handfuls of spinach in anything I make, I take full advantage of. This looks delicious. Love the colors! I can just eat this by itself with a nice piece of bread.

  6. Deanna

    I bet these would be even better the next day crisped up and served as a sweet potato cake with a poached egg. Assuming there were leftovers of course.

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  8. Katie

    I just recently found your site and what a great recipe! We modified with purple majesty sweet potatoes, kale instead of spinach, a mix of mozzarella and smoked farmers cheese (the goat cheese we thought we had went bad– boo!), and the savory addition of garlic (goes with everything!). The result was a brilliant purple mash of tasty goodness and the smoked flavor of the cheese really created a unique additional flavor. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Those sound like great modifications! I love purple potatoes if for nothing else but their color :)

  9. Kate

    this looks fantastic! I am out of goat cheese, but I’m going to try this tonight using some Romano. Can’t wait! thanks for the dinner inspiration :)

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