23 Ways with Sweet Potatoes
The sweet potato is a Southern staple, but there's so much more to sweet potato recipes than casseroles and pies. But don't worry – we have recipes for both just in case! Just check out our stunning sliced sweet potato pie or our most-requested classic swet potato casseroles. If you decide to branch out, we have unexpected savory recipes like Sweet Potato Fettuccine, Roasted Sweet Potato-and-Onion Tart, or even biscuits. And if you’re looking for a special recipe for dessert or even breakfast look no further than our Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting or our Sweet Potato Casserole Hot Cakes. After you see our collection of sweet potato recipes, you’ll have a shopping cart’s worth of inspiration for this versatile vegetable.
Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe: Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
We love the layered look of this ever-so-sweet streusel-topped treat. Sliced sweet potatoes give it a hearty substantiality, with subtle sweet flavor, a perfect, thick core for the topping of crisp streusel. A bit of pumpkin pie spice adds an autumnal flair. This recipe also calls for orang zest, which gives the sweet potato pie a hint of bright, cheery citrus flavor. It’s the idea pie for a Thanksgiving supper, when the entire family gathers around the table to enjoy the holiday, each others’ company, and the vegetable bounty of the season, in this case: flavorful sweet potatoes baked into a hearty pie.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet potatoes are often a part of Thanksgiving, and this recipe gives you a new twist on that classic flavor. Orange juice gives this dish a little sweetness, while pieces of crumbled bacon will give you something to savor, and rosemary will give it an aroma all its own. Delicious together, this sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It's made in the slow cooker, so you're saving valuable stovetop space. When you’re ready to serve it, sprinkle a mixture of parsley, orange zest, and garlic over the top: you’ll get just the right amount of herbs, spice, and bite in every mouthful.
Orange-Sweet Potato Pie With Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust
Recipe: Orange-Sweet Potato Pie With Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust
The simple addition of fresh chopped rosemary, a fragrant herb that pairs beautifully with the rustic texture of cornmeal—makes this an impressive pie crust. This crust is a wonderful complement to the flavors of the spiced sweet potatoes in the filling, which have a hint of citrus notes. It’s a twist on the traditional sweet potato pie that adds just enough of a unique flavor infusion to be supremely memorable. If you don’t want to make a homemade crust, you can follow the directions for adding fresh rosemary to a refrigerated crust, which is just as lovely and saves time and effort in the kitchen—a great alternative for busy mornings.
Sweet Potato Casserole Hotcakes
Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole Hotcakes
Looking for a way to reuse leftovers? Don’t just reheat your leftover sweet potato casserole, reinvent it. The morning after a big dinner, it takes no time at all to whip up hotcakes, which are warm and filling and quick and easy. Your family will love them. If your sweet potato casserole is very sweet, then you can omit the brown sugar in this pancake recipe. Does your sweet potato casserole come with a marshmallow topping? Even better. Simply stir it into your sweet potatoes, and make the recipe as directed. The recipe is versatile and clever, and we love a delicious shortcut in the kitchen, especially one that makes the most of leftovers.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Round out your Thanksgiving meal with a hefty spoonful of our Classic Sweet Potato Casserole. The sweet potato filling is finished with a crunchy topping of cornflakes, pecans, and brown sugar, balanced out with the gooey favorite—marshmallows. However, we think that a classic sweet potato casserole shouldn’t be confined to Thanksgiving day, so whip this up any time throughout the year. It’s sweet heartiness is a great complement to green beans and turkey, sure, but try out other combinations too. You’ll be surprised how versatile this classic casserole is. It’s at home on any plate at any time of the year.
Cooking Video: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Recipe: Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Sweet potatoes can do it all. Pies? Yes. Casseroles? Sure. Substitute for pasta? It’s delicious. This clever technique for transforming sweet potatoes into "fettuccine" was inspired by a prize-winning recipe from the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, and this easy recipe comes together in just 35 minutes. It’s a showstopper, a fantastically unique twist on vegetables and pasta, which creates a tasty hybrid dish. Start with a large, long sweet potato and a mandoline slicer to create pasta-like strips. Butter and parsley add flavor and garnish, respectively. Plus, a half cup of pecan gremolata gives this dish its signature nutty notes.
Technique Video: Use a Japanese Mandolin Slicer
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
Wow guests with a sky-high marshmallow meringue on this sweet potato pie. Be sure to lightly pack the mashed sweet potatoes in your measuring cup for a fluffy filling. The marshmallow meringue is a gorgeous pie topper, with lightly browned edges and a heavenly, fluffy texture. It complements the lightness—an almost bouncy sensation—of the delicious sweet potato filling. The meringue is a fancy addition, but it is accessible and delicious thanks to the familiar flavor of marshmallow, a favorite of kids and adults everywhere. You’ll just need egg whites, vanilla, salt, sugar, and one jar of marshmallow cream to create this out-of-this-world meringue.
Roasted Sweet Potato-and-Onion Tart
Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato-and-Onion Tart
This mouthwatering tart lets you get a lot of your side dishes in one bite or, if you would prefer, makes a great first course for a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. Think outside the casserole and make this savory beauty center stage at your next family dinner. Mix sweet potato with the crunch and bite of red onion, and blend it in with the salty flavor of Gruyère cheese. The freshness of flat-leaf parsley, and rosemary, add a wonderful aroma of herbs to this crusty delight. Keep a few slices to enjoy with a light salad the next day and you will be set for a fantastic meal.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits
Are you wondering what you can do with sweet potatoes besides classic casseroles and delicious pies? Try an everyday sort of sweet potato recipe and try your hand at making these sweet potato biscuits. They’re so versatile and so delicious. Serve these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters—one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese for the ultimate morning breakfast spread. Guests will love it, and the only thing you’ll have to whip up are the biscuits. Everyone will want your recipe, so have a pen handy.
Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Grape Salsa
Recipe: Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Grape Salsa
What a combination. It took an out of the box thinker to create this recipe. Spicy, sweet, and totally addictive, this easy appetizer starts with pre-seasoned fries, so it couldn’t be easier, or more show stopping during pre-dinner snacking. Everyone loves a crostini, and this recipe elevates the crostini to an art form. The addition of savory goat cheese and a burst of flavor in the form of grape salsa blends beautifully. There is a rich creaminess to goat cheese that brings out the zing of salsa—all contributing to the filling flair of this crostini, which belongs on center stage.
Sweet Potato-Carrot Casserole
Recipe: Sweet Potato-Carrot Casserole
Cooked carrots can taste surprisingly sweet, so you’ll savor their flavor in this fantastic Thanksgiving side dish. The carrots also add smooth texture and extra flavor to this comfort food favorite. You can serve this classic holiday casserole any time of year and expect rave reviews. This casserole is topped with marshmallows, but it also has a special ingredient: our Sugar-and-Spice Pecans. You will love the combination of heat and sweet that these bring to this amazing dish. So get your sweet potatoes roasting in the oven and get ready to enjoy this great dish that is fantastic to share with your family and friends at Thanksgiving, but just as delicious whenever you feel like making it.
Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Cakes
Recipe: Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Cakes
Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Pancakes are a great choice for a Thanksgiving side dish. They bring a unique twist to the classic sweet potato, and create a nice crunch to complement the other items on the holiday lunch or dinner table. What’s so delicious about this recipe is that it blends the delicate flavors of the sweet potatoes and the green onions with the spicy zest of a couple of chopped red jalapeño peppers, meaning that it mixes the heat with the sweet. But it all mixes together to form a delicious sweet potato delight. Serve these savory little numbers with a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of lime as a crunchy appetizer or a dish to accompany roasted or grilled meats or fish.
Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup
Recipe: Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup
Have you ever thought about combining sweet potato and soup? After trying this recipe, you’ll want to do it all the time. A smart way to repurpose sweet potato casserole, this hearty soup drew rave reviews in our Test Kitchen, which is a tough audience, so you know it’s good. If your casserole contains marshmallows, remove them before stirring the casserole into this soup. Marshmallows don’t mix well, but the casserole will give the soup a gorgeous texture and out of this world flavor. The flavor will vary depending on your casserole recipe; simply adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe: Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Talk about a crowd pleaser. Don’t blink, or these will disappear from the dessert table before you can try one. You should definitely keep this family favorite around for the holiday season. Mashed sweet potatoes give the cupcake extra moistness, while a myriad of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg spice up the traditionally sweet dessert. It’s a perfect accompaniment to any wintry or autumnal meal. This cupcake has a great personality—hearty and dainty, delicious and filling. A simple cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans is all that's needed on top, so go for it. The family will thank you.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet potatoes are a great addition to a salad, especially when they are roasted, ever so slightly crisp, and incredibly savory. Mango, avocado, red bell pepper, and sweet potatoes are a tasty team, which, when they are combined, make a colorful presentation in this meal which is just as good for you as it is delicious. Start with sweet potatoes from the grocery store—the kind that you can steam in a bag—for even easier meal preparation. The secret here is the touch of Caribbean jerk seasoning, which gives the sweet potatoes a lively kick—always welcome in a savory salad like this one. Avocados add creaminess and mango offers an infusion of punchy fruit flavor.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Recipe: Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
If you’re looking for a beauty of an appetizer, look no further than this recipe, which combines sweet potato biscuits with a classic Southern duo—pulled pork and slaw. It is so easy to prepare in the kitchen, but the payoff is fantastic. It looks like a hefty small-plates entrée, and it tastes like one too. This recipe is so versatile; it can work in several different capacities for a dinner party. Also, as a plus for you in the kitchen, the sweet potato biscuits freeze beautifully—so you can thaw, bake, and top them just before serving, giving you more time to mingle with guests.
Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks
Recipe: Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks
This is one of the cutest appetizers we have seen. Easy to pick up and pop in your mouth, these scalloped sweet potato snacks integrate the traditional scalloped potato method with a clean recipe ideal for snacking. While you’re preparing them, keep in mind that each muffin cup flares slightly, so stack slices from ends of potatoes in the bottom and use wider slices from the middle of the sweet potato at the top. This technique will give you the ideal proportion. We also like this recipe with Gruyère instead of mozzarella. It adds additional creaminess and a flavor that pairs well with sweet potato.
Maple Sweet Potato Cups
Recipe: Maple Sweet Potato Cups
An easy casserole deployed in a petite presentation, these teeny maple sweet potato cups are topped with meringue and served in small ramekins in assorted autumnal hues. They’re as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette, but they won’t require you to spend hours in the kitchen. Frozen sweet potatoes make these mini sweet potato casseroles a cinch to make, and they certainly don’t skimp on flavor. If you want to skip the meringue topping, use miniature marshmallows instead. If ever you find yourself in a slump when making your signature recipes in the kitchen, think about changing up the presentation. Sometimes it’s a simple as a new set of ramekins or a new pan to stir up some culinary excitement.
Creole Shrimp and Sweet Potato Grits
Recipe: Creole Shrimp and Sweet Potato Grits
Thanks to our friends on the coast, we’ve created a recipe that’s sure to transport you and your taste buds to the Gulf. One bite, and you’ll be lounging on the beach, wandering through New Orleans, or driving your way along the South’s coastal roads. The classic recipe for shrimp and grits gets a tasty update with the addition of a little sweet potato flair. With just a bit of the vegetable, you can add a little sweetness and a big super food boost to your traditional shrimp and grits. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure, but the coastal sensation you get from whipping up a recipe like this in the kitchen is priceless.
Sweet Potato Grati
Recipe: Sweet Potato Gratin
This is a fantastic, easy-to-make recipe that only has five ingredients. It mixes sliced sweet potatoes, sliced russet potatoes, cream, salt, and Gruyère cheese into a delicious, cheesy, gooey delight that tastes amazing just out of the oven. This is a wonderful way to have potatoes or sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving table if you are thinking of preparing an alternative to roasted root vegetables. The finished dish looks beautiful when it is ready, complete with a golden-brown top of baked cheese. You will know when the potatoes are perfectly cooked when a table knife slides easily through the center of the dish.
Sweet Potato Pockets
Recipe: Sweet Potato Pockets
Won ton wrappers—which can be found in the refrigerated section in any grocery store—and canned mashed sweet potatoes make these pierogi-style Sweet Potato Pockets a breeze. A sage-butter sauce finishes this dish nicely, since sage, butter, and sweet potato are one of the tastiest trifectas we’ve come across. Pierogi are dumplings with filling, a beloved dish of Eastern European origin. We have added a bit of Southern infusion to the dish with the addition of sweet potatoes. Thanks to this recipe, these pierogi-style Sweet Potato Pockets will be just as at home on your dinner table as the traditional recipe is in Poland.
Sweet Potato-Apple Cobbler
Recipe: Sweet Potato-Apple Cobbler
For those who can't pick just one dessert at Thanksgiving, try our Sweet-Potato Apple Cobbler. It’s a hybrid that takes advantage of autumn harvest in the most delicious way imaginable. This recipe is the epitome of autumnal flavor, since it combines the flavors and textures of both sweet potato pie and apple cobbler, two of the most beloved Thanksgiving recipes. Thanks to the help of a leaf-shaped cookie cutter, this cobbler becomes even more gorgeous with the addition of maple leaf-shaped crust piled on top. It’s a pretty, rustic touch that takes this cobbler to the next tasty, autumnal level.
Sweet Potato Squares With Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise
Recipe: Sweet Potato Squares with Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise
For a hearty, fun appetizer, arrange cubes of sweet potato and pieces of smoked sausage on skewers and serve with a lemon-garlic mayonnaise. Thanks to the skewers, it is easy to eat at a party, standing up, or mingling with a plate in your hand. You’ll want to serve these sweet potato squares warm or at room temperature. If you choose to serve the squares warm, prepare the mayonnaise first. Place the two together on the table so that guests know to pair them on their plates. They won’t want to miss the flavorful combination that results from dipping the sausage and sweet potato loaded skewer in the bright mixture of mayonnaise flavored with lemon and garlic.