Mini spuds are a great gluten-free side for lighter mains like salads or soups. Look for small sweet potatoes about the size of your fist, or cook two larger potatoes and serve half a potato to each person.

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Meet the baby sweet potato, the perfectly-portioned, pint-sized spud that deserves a spot on your plate this season.

Elizabeth Laseter
October 17, 2017

If you're looking for the perfect speedy side that's as versatile as it is nutritious, the baby sweet potato will satisfy all your culinary needs. We recently discovered these tiny tubers at our local Trader Joe’s store, just in time for fall and Thanksgiving menu-planning. Ever since the popular grocer launched their Teeny Tiny Avocados earlier this year, we’ve been totally hooked on miniature versions of our favorite fruits and vegetables. These darling little spuds come in two-pound bags and are about 3 to 4 inches long each, or about the size of your fist. To give you a comparison point, a typical medium-sized sweet potato may weigh between 6 and 8 ounces and can be up to 8 inches in length.

If you can get your hands on these exceptional spuds, our Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe is the perfect one to make. Here, we suggest a simple topping of sour cream and fresh chives, but feel free to mix it up—try Greek yogurt, ground cinnamon, and honey or diced avocado and crumbled feta cheese. The small size of these potatoes makes for a much faster cook time, whether in the microwave or oven, so you can easily throw these together when time is short.

Get the Recipe: Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes

Try them as a perfectly-portioned side alongside warming soups and leafy green salads, or as a nutritious, fiber-rich snack. They’d also make a spectacular side at any healthy Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few other delicious and easy recipes to try:

  • Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges: This fiery and flavor-packed recipe works well with baby sweet potatoes, which are much easier to slice through than larger varieties. They may also crisp in the oven more quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on them. 
  • Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: This showstopping side can elevate any occasion, whether a holiday gathering or a weeknight dinner. Using baby sweet potatoes yields crispy and crave worthy hasselback-style potatoes in much less time.

Because availability can vary by store, make sure to call your local Trader Joe’s first to see if these tiny sweet potatoes are in stock. If you aren't able to snag some, we’ve also spotted petite sweet potatoes at Publix and Wegmans grocery stores.