Sweet Potato Recipes
Whether you mash them, bake them, or boil them, sweet potatoes are an easy-to-include ingredient. Naturally sweet, they work beautifully in desserts or sweet side dishes, but can also be paired well with savory toppings.
First up, make everyone happy and top this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans.
Sweet Potato Tots
Take a break from sweet potato fries and try out tots instead. Oven-baked until they're brown and crispy, these tots will satisfy your wildest savory cravings without overloading you with calories and fat. Served with a zippy jalapeño ranch dipping sauce that's loaded with protein and fresh herbs, these cute sweet potato tots make for the perfect appetizer or mid-afternoon snack that your kids will devour.
Sweet Potato and Shrimp Cakes
I remember trying potato pancakes from a Jewish friend in grade school and loving them. This dish is a cross between that and my favorite fritters from home, with shrimp, lettuce leaves, fresh herbs, and nuoc cham. I consider this dish a modern Vietnamese cook's interpretation of a classic. If you can find white sweet potatoes, use them—they're drier and less sweet than their orange cousins. Place the dipping sauce in a bowl surrounded by the lettuce and herbs so guests can build their own lettuce wraps as they like.
Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup
Mild cannellini beans give the soup body and protein without distracting from the rich sweet potato flavor. Chopped apple and Greek yogurt on top add a tart and tangy contrast. Nutrition abounds in versatile sweet potatoes; plain potatoes need much more dressing up.
Bacon-Powered Sweet Potato Veggie Skillet
Bacon is loaded with flavor, but that indulgence comes at a sodium- and saturated fat-filled cost. Have your bacon (and eat it, too) by using a small amount to season an entire pan of plants. Bonus: The fat helps you absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A and K.
Sweet Potato Medallions with Almond Sauce and Chickpea Salad
Enjoy a plant-based meal, including sides, main dishes, and desserts, without a trace of gluten. You'll have guests leaving the table with no idea that the meal was tailored to a restricted diet.
This impressive plate requires only 5 ingredients (water, oil, salt, and pepper are freebies). Microwaved sweet potatoes are sliced into medallions, brushed with oil, and lightly seared so they become satisfyingly steak-like. The creamy, nutty sauce adds richness, and the lemon-dressed arugula-chickpea salad bulks up the plate beautifully. In place of almond butter, you can use any nut butter you like—try peanut, cashew, or sunflower butter. And if canned chickpeas aren’t in your pantry, try cannellini or navy beans.
2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes
Light, fluffy, and most importantly, 2 ingredients—these pancakes are absolutely to die for! The best part—they’re simple enough for weekdays, yet feel indulgent enough for weekend brunch (even though they’re not indulgent at all). Simply combine one roasted sweet potato with two eggs, and you have clean pancake batter ready to be cooked.
Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Gastrique
The gastrique, a tangy-sweet glaze, is holiday worthy but also simple enough to pull off on a weekday.
Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Two Days Ahead - Dinner
Remember that rotisserie chicken you shredded for lunch? Let’s make it easy on ourselves and make a 4-ounce portion of rotisserie chicken the main for dinner, too. The accompanying side will be doubled up for lunch tomorrow, because you are just that efficient and awesome. Drizzle the bacon syrup over your chicken to incorporate the whole dish.
Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles
Smoky bacon and earthy Brussels sprouts unite to bring a punch of flavor and texture to this naturally sweet veg. Add a couple of cashews for a touch of crunch, and you’ve got a healthy main course meal that feels just as decadent and satisfying as your average pasta dish.
Two Potato and Beet Hash with Poached Eggs and Greens
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.
Microwave Sweet Potato Chips
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.
Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey-Pecan Butter
Baking a sweet potato brings out its natural sweetness, but if you’re short on time, use the microwave instead. Or look for canned mashed sweet potato at specialty markets. Try these split and stuffed with Virginia ham, without the Honey-Pecan Butter.
Coal-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasting sweet potatoes in a lightly ashed-over bed of coals turns their flesh fluffy and smoky. Drizzle with sour cream, and garnish liberally for a riot of textures, colors, and tastes.
Fish House Sweet Potato Hash
We absolutely love this simple, comforting hash. It pairs well with almost anything—Grilled Trout with Cherry Compote, as well as roast chicken, pork chops, steak, and even sunny-side-up eggs. If you would like to get a head start on the recipe, you can bake the sweet potatoes a day or two ahead; then you'll only need about 15 minutes to pull the dish together.
Spinach and Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
The simple, scalloped shell made from thinly sliced rounds of sweet potatoes makes this version of a popular brunch (or supper) dish gluten-free. Choose potatoes with comparable diameters to create uniform slices for the easy-to-make crust. A mandoline makes slicing quick and precise, but a sharp chef's knife will work too. You can also slice the potatoes in the food processor using the slicing blade.
Sweet Potato Chile Mac
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 chipotle.
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.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Grilled Sweet Potato and Bell Pepper Toss
Moroccan Shepherd's Pie
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: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
The ultimate vegetarian chili powered by fall flavors. Sweet potato, black beans, and plenty of aromatics simmer in a velvety, pumpkin-infused tomato broth that is ultra rich and comforting. A pinch of cinnamon and dash of chipotle chili powder add a robust flavor profile that will warm you up from the inside out. Add any pumpkin-flavored beer you like. As far as toppings, the sky is the limit. We swoon over a hearty dollop of 2% Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, and green onion.
Mashed Sweet Potato
One cup of cooked, mashed sweet potato has almost 7 grams of fiber, which makes it a sweet and healthy side dish to fill up on.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Peanut Sauce
The latest and greatest vegetable to be spiralized, sweet potatoes make hearty noodles that stand up well to thick sauces. Topped with a creamy and rich peanut sauce, this recipe makes the perfect noodle bowl to keep you full while not making you sleepy for the rest of the day. When serving, lay out toppings for each person to customize their own dish. Go crunchy with fresh green onions and chopped peanuts, or throw on an extra layer of flavor with additional Sriracha or herbs.
Slow Cooker Beef-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Robust chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper are tamed and balanced by sweet potatoes. Leaving the peels on the sweet potatoes has three benefits: Prep is faster, you add more fiber, and the potatoes hold their shape better after the 7-hour simmer. Besides, the peels get so tender that you barely notice they’re there. If you’d like to change things up, try parsnips in place of the sweet potatoes; they have a similar sweetness and earthier flavor and won’t fall apart after cooking for an extended time. You don’t need to fully cook the ground beef before it goes into the slow cooker; just cook it enough to “set” the shape of the crumbles.
Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes
Pair sweet potatoes with a garlicky gremolata for a savory side dish that goes well with everything from roast chicken to pork chops.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Oat Topping
This classic casserole often straddles the line between side and dessert (indeed, we've enjoyed the leftovers both ways). We dial down the sugar to steer the dish back to savory territory, and add a crunchy oat and nut topper for texture. A final drizzle of maple syrup just before serving gives the casserole a lovely sheen. While we call for a ricer in our master mashed potatoes, a potato masher is perfectly acceptable here since the spuds will be bound with an egg, topped, and baked. Chopped almonds or walnuts would be a delicious sub for the pecans.
Sweet Potato Stacks with Sage Browned Butter
Holiday sweet potato sides can lean toward too-sweet territory; a dose of salty, nutty Parmesan balances the flavor in these adorable, delicious stacks. Get the kids to help by having them stack the slices and cheese in muffin cups as you follow behind with the browned butter. Use small potatoes so the slices will fit into the muffin cups. Make sure to slice the potatoes on the thin side, about 1⁄4-inch thick, so they’ll cook through (insert a toothpick in the center of each stack to test for doneness). You can also alternate with slices of baking potato or parsnip for pretty white and orange layers.
Five-Spice Sweet Potato Pie
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Here’s a great way to rev-up your typical baked sweet potato: Turn it into a gorgeous hasselback sweet potato, and drizzle it with smoky chipotle cream. The accordion-like cuts give the potato some crispy outer edges, keeping the insides moist and soft. They also turn it into a pull-apart dish that’s super fun to eat. You can bake just one for yourself for lunch or dinner, or cook up a bunch at a time (perfect for dinner parties or holiday entertaining).
Gingered Sweet Potato Soup with Marshmallow and Peanut Topper
Enjoy the taste of sweet potato casserole in soup form by topping pureed sweet potatoes with unsalted peanuts and mini marshmallows.
Potato and Root Vegetable Mashers
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.
Beef and Broccoli Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Overstuffed spuds are fun and fast. Make extra of these Mexican-inspired Beef and Broccoli Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and take for lunch the next day. Besides a stuffer, frozen broccoli florets make a second appearance as part of the sauce in creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Chicken Pasta.
The New Essentials:
Frozen Steam-In-Bag Broccoli Florets - These store much longer than fresh, adding green veggie heft to any main dish or acting as a simple, ready-to-go side.
Preshredded 2% Reduced-Fat Mexican-Blend Cheese - No need to overstock your dairy drawer-this mild, slightly salty four-cheese blend is all you need.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Shrimp and Thai-Style Almond Sauce
Smarter carbs are easy with the handy spiralizer—it works like a pencil sharpener to create long strands of veggies. Find the tool at kitchen stores and amazon.com. Spiralized veggies are showing up everywhere—in salads, in place of pasta, and even in desserts. These sweet potato "zoodles" transform a traditional pad thai recipe into a fun twist on a weeknight favorite. The best news? This recipe comes together in 20 minutes, making it a go-to for any busy weeknight. Break out your spiralizer, get the family involved, and get cooking on your new favorite recipe featuring the best of fall flavor.
Coconut Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds
Not all paleo diets include sweet potatoes, but if you are including sweet potatoes then this is the recipe for you. Virgin coconut oil is unrefined and cold-pressed, like extra-virgin olive oil, and isn't hydrogenated. It has a clean, slightly nutty taste that's delicious in this dish.
Deborah Madison, who adapted this recipe from one in a new revision of her book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997), likes to use a mix of sweet potatoes, but it's fine to go with just one kind. Paler sweet potatoes tend to be drier, so if you use them, add more oil.
Starter Dish: Chorizo and Kale-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Use a batch of spicy chorizo to stuff spuds tonight; then load up nachos and stir into tomato sauce during the week.
A combo of superlean ground turkey and rich ground pork gives you the ideal mix of flavor and texture while staying nice and light.
Peruvian Steak and Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl
A little meat travels far since there's no center stage in a bowl. Here, a few ounces of Peruvian steak works wonders on top. Season well, and shred or finely chop to get a little in each bite.
Curry-Spiced Sweet Potatoes
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.
Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pilau
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.
Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole
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.
Sweet Potato, Leek, and Ham Soup
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.
Sweet Potato and Sausage Strata
Hand over the reins: Let the kids assemble this savory-sweet oven-baked treat. If you make this dish ahead, bring it to room temperature before baking so it will reheat evenly.
Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions
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.
Buttered Sweet Potato Knot Rolls
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.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Orange Salad
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.
Sweet Potato-Pecan Pancakes
Sweet Potato and Butternut Gratin
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.
Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
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.
Sweet Potato-Pecan Burgers with Caramelized Onions
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.
Sweet Potato Bread
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.
Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Cream Topping
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.
Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes
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.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry-Chipotle Dressing
Be sure to let the cranberries cook long enough that they start to pop; the juice helps to thicken the dressing.