Sweet Potato Recipes That Go Beyond Pie
Sweet Potato Basics
In Season: Though sweet potatoes are available year-round, they're at their sweetest in fall and winter. They are sometimes mislabeled as yams, which are actually not widely available in North America.
What to Look For: There are two main varieties: The orange-fleshed sweet potato has sweet, bright-orange flesh that takes on a creamy texture when cooked. The yellow-fleshed variety is more mealy and less sweet than orange sweet potatoes. Choose sweet potatoes that are very firm, with no areas of softening, sprouting, or wrinkling -- all signs of age. Sweet potatoes vary quite a bit in size and shape. Those that are straighter and uniform in size are easiest to peel and cut.
How to Store: Keep sweet potatoes loose in a cool, dark place for up to one month. They should never be kept in the refrigerator, as their natural sugars will convert to starch, making them less sweet.
Sweet Potato-Parmesan Fries
A healthy redo of French fries, we keep the skin on for these sweet potato fries. The potatoes are tossed with olive oil, coarse salt, and Parmesan for a rich, sweet flavor and a slightly caramelized texture.
Sweet Potato-Sausage Soup
Twenty minutes of prep time yields a hearty pot of soup abounding with Italian sausage, pasta shells, sweet potato, and nutritious winter greens.
Kale Salad with Chicken and Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes add subtle sweetness and color to this salad, and almonds give it a delicious crunch. Frozen breaded chicken tenders are a quick and easy addition that will make even kids excited about salad for dinner.
Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Collards, and Ginger
Almond butter, along with the sweet potatoes, give this soup a creamy, decadent texture.Get the Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Collards, and Ginger Recipe
Sweet Potatoes and Buttermilk
Simply roasted, wedges of sweet potato take on an almost candied flavor. Pair them with an easy tangy buttermilk-mayo for dipping.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple
Add bright color and natural sweetness to the table with this dish (that couldn't be simpler to prepare).
Roasted Sweet-Potato Salsa
Roasted diced sweet potatoes turn ordinary salsa into a more substantial dip. Spoon it onto crackers or chips, use it as a filling for tacos or omelets, or serve it atop rice and beans.
Smoky Sweet-Potato Soup
A puree of sweet potatoes, apple, and leeks gets an earthy spiciness from a chipotle chile coated in adobo sauce. The silky soup relies on its fresh ingredients, not heavy cream or butter, to achieve its rich flavor.
Baked Sweet-Potato Chips
Transform vitamin-packed sweet potatoes into a low-fat "can't-eat-just-one" snack simply by tossing with a drizzle of olive oil and baking until crisp-edged.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Whip goat cheese into mashed sweet potatoes for a savory twang, then pile the mixture back into the scooped-out skins and top with pecans and buttery panko for a crunchy finish.
Sweet Potato Gratin
This creamy gratin benefits from a subtle blend of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper take it from ordinary to out-of-this-world.
Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potato slices are tossed with a simple mixture of butter, brown sugar, and pecans. A pinch of cayenne pepper offsets the buttery sweetness of this classic fall side dish.
Sweet Potato Pie
Creamy sweet potatoes are whipped with eggs, butter, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make this wonderful old-fashioned pie. No need to peel the sweet potatoes in this recipe: the skins slip off easily once the potatoes are steamed.
Sweet-Potato-Bourbon Bundt Cake
Mashed sweet potato makes this Bundt cake extra moist, while bourbon adds a buttery bite. You can substitute apple juice for the bourbon for equally delicious results.
Old Bay-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
The savory complexity of Old Bay seasoning pairs beautifully with roasted sweet potatoes. Try experimenting with other savory spice mixes in this recipe too, such as chili powder or curry powder.
Watercress Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasting chunks of sweet potatoes caramelizes them -- they're great to eat all on their own or tossed with crunchy nuts, tangy cheese, and crisp watercress, as in this flavorful salad. A simple lemon-honey vinaigrette ties everything together.
Mashed Red-Curry Sweet Potatoes
Coconut milk, Thai red-curry paste, and maple syrup add knockout flavor to this simple, impressive side dish. You can find Thai curry paste in the international aisle of many supermarkets, or at any Asian grocery.
Sweet Potato Souffle
Mashed sweet potatoes aren't just a tasty side dish -- they also make a maple-sweet showstopper dessert with only 15 minutes of prep. With main ingredients of sweet potatoes, eggs, and milk, this impressive dessert is budget-friendly too.
Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins
To make this colorful twist on a favorite appetizer, sweet potatoes are roasted, scooped out, and then mashed with buttermilk and paprika. The mashed potato mixture is mounded back into the tender skins and topped with bacon, sour cream, and sliced scallion.
Roasted Pork Loin with Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping
Crunchy pecan-praline topping provides the perfect contrast in texture to the creamy, custardy sweet-potato filling in this pie. If you're in a hurry, you can use store-bought pie crust.
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato and Sage-Butter Casserole
Sage adds a savory note to sweet-potato casserole topped with crunchy toasted breadcrumbs. Best of all: It can be made two days ahead of time.
Sweet Potato Wedges with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce
Thick, oven-baked sweet potato wedges are a great accompaniment to casual meals such as roast chicken or meatloaf. An easy dipping sauce made from soy sauce, rice-wine vinegar, and toasted sesame oil makes the sweet potatoes especially irresistible.
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Cinnamon and ginger complement the sweet potatoes in this easy but exotic-tasting chicken stew. Fluffy couscous absorbs the aromatic sauce.
Orange sweet potatoes give a soft texture and a beautiful golden color to these fluffy biscuits. Serve them as a side dish with a festive fall meal or for breakfast with ham and eggs.