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. From simple mashes to casseroles, gratins, and pies, check out our best sweet potato recipes.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas
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.
Round out the menu with a mixed salad featuring your favorite greens and Chipotle-Yogurt Dressing, an easy, flavor-packed dressing.