From simple mashes to casseroles, gratins, and pies, sweet potatoes lend themselves to a wide variety of dishes.
Sweet potatoes and potatoes are as closely related as onions and asparagus—in the same botanical order, different families.
Sweet potatoes are true root vegetables, an enlarged section of the root used by the plant to store energy, while potatoes
are stem tubers, formed from the stem of the plant. Lucky for us, the sweet potato isn't only nutritious (high in vitamins
A and C), it's also both tasty and versatile.
First up, make everyone happy and top this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans.
View Recipe: Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole
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Pair sweet potatoes with a garlicky gremolata for a savory side dish that goes well with everything from roast chicken to
View Recipe: Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes
Five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns that can be found in the
spice aisle of most supermarkets. If five-spice powder is unavailable, use pumpkin pie spice.
View Recipe: Five-Spice Sweet Potato Pie
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Enliven a familiar side dish with exotic flavors. Curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon combine with a hint of heat from ground
red pepper to make these Indian-inspired sweet potatoes stand out in a meal. Use leftovers to top a shepherd's pie, or thin
them out with milk and broth to make curried sweet potato soup that you can sprinkle with chopped cilantro. This highly seasoned
dish pairs well with chicken, pork, and turkey.
View Recipe: Curry-Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Sprinkle a buttery, brown sugar and pecan mixture over the top of the creamy potatoes in this casserole side dish that's sweet
enough to be dessert.
View Recipe: Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole
Pureed in a blender, this creamy soup spells comfort in a bowl. Though it tastes like slow food, it comes together in a flash
thanks to pre-chopped sweet potato and cooked ham.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato, Leek, and Ham Soup
Hearty pumpkin and creamy sweet potatoes steal the show in this winter-weather pilaf. It’s an ideal way to add fiber to your
diet and a beautiful showcase for some underused winter vegetables.
View Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pilau
As an alternative to sweet potato casserole, try this 5-ingredient side dish recipe featuring chunks of sweet potato and onion
that are seasoned and baked for 35 minutes.
View Recipe: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions
Don't be scared to make homemade bread. Take some time to learn the process, and you'll enjoy the payoff. Here canned sweet
potato adds moisture and sweet notes to delectable rolls.
View Recipe: Buttered Sweet Potato Knot Rolls
Roast the sweet potatoes, section the oranges, and slice the onion ahead. Keep them all refrigerated separately until you're
ready to toss the salad.
View Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and Orange Salad
Pancetta is Italian cured pork, similar to cured bacon, which you can substitute, if necessary. Smoked bacon will also work,
if you prefer the flavor.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato and Butternut Gratin
Carrots and sweet potatoes add natural sweetness to this luscious soup. A bit of half and half stirred in at the end adds
a crowning addition of richness. Make the soup several days in advance, and reheat over medium-low heat.
View Recipe: Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Choose breads labeled 100 percent whole wheat or whole grain to make sure you're getting their benefits. Nuts add healthful
unsaturated fats and filling protein to this tasty vegetarian sandwich.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato-Pecan Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Inspired by carrot cake, we created a cream cheese-frosted bread. This treat is peppered with sweet raisins and crunchy pecans
and frosted with cream cheese that has a lemony zing.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato Bread
Crispy bits of Mexican chorizo (fresh, crumbly sausage–not to be confused with Spanish chorizo) create a delicious topping
for this sweet-spicy take on mac and cheese. There's a fair amount of heat here, so if you prefer mild food, use even less
View Recipe: Sweet Potato Chile Mac
Sweet potato and turnip turn an otherwise straightforward mash into an intriguing dish with subtle earthy, sweet notes. A
coarse mash gives the dish rustic appeal; leave small chunks of the veggies to add texture to the dish.
View Recipe: Potato and Root Vegetable Mashers
Tangy cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk combine for a creamy contrast to the sweet potato layer. You can prepare this
pie up to two days ahead and refrigerate.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Cream Topping
These creamy sweet potatoes with a sweet and crunchy topping are completely irresistible. You can make this dish up to two
days ahead. Simply bake the potatoes and assemble. Then refrigerate and bake just before serving.
View Recipe: Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes provide a nice foil for the full-flavored lamb, tangy olives, and earthy spices. You can also bake the entire
mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish. Assemble up to a day ahead, cover, refrigerate, and bake just before serving.
View Recipe: Moroccan Shepherd's Pie
Sautéed yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets are topped with poached eggs for a meatless meal fit for brunch or
dinner. To save time, you can purchase precooked, vacuum-packed beets at many markets in the produce section.
View Recipe: Two Potato and Beet Hash with Poached Eggs and Greens
Mild sweet potatoes and black beans take on smoky, spicy tastes from cumin and chiles. These pies are great served hot out
of the oven at a party; leftovers also make a tasty room-temperature snack.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas
Be sure to let the cranberries cook long enough that they start to pop; the juice helps to thicken the dressing.
View Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry-Chipotle Dressing
You won't want to miss these easy-to-make sweet potato chips. You'll need a mandoline to slice the potato thin enough to crisp.
The results are delicious and easy, sans the hassle of the oven.
View Recipe: Microwave Sweet Potato Chips