65 Super Sweet Potato Recipes That Go Beyond Pie (2024)

You won't believe how versatile sweet potatoes can be.

By Camille Lowder and Taylor Worden
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Come fall, pumpkin gets all the glory, but we're here to remind you—it's sweet potato season too! Though these orange spuds are available all year round, September/October is their time to really shine. From savory and sweet breakfasts to the heartiest of sides and fall dinners, these 65 recipes show that this spud deserves the spotlight all year-round. And don’t even get us started on dessert—sweet potato treats rank up there with pumpkin pie, apple tart, and pecan pie as some of the best things about fall (but we'll be serving these dishes up no matter the time of year 😉).

Let’s start with some background. What’s the deal with yams vs. sweet potatoes? Though in the United States, the terms are often used interchangeably, yams and sweet potatoes are not actually the same thing. Even though rough, brown-skinned yams are becoming more popular, it’s likely what you are encountering in the grocery store is a sweet potato, no matter what it’s been labeled. Are sweet potatoes healthy? Sweet potatoes are a nutrient-rich option and are high in antioxidants and vitamins, A, C, and B6. They're also full of fiber (keep those skins on!).

Now we’ve got that sorted, let’s get to eating! Sweet potatoes really are great for any meal of the day. Craving a hearty breakfast? Try our sweet potato pancakes, air fryer sweet potato hash, or sweet potato bread. Need an easy lunch? Try our coconut ranch kale salad or our hearty twice-baked sweet potatoes. For weeknight dinners, sweet potatoes are great paired with chicken, like in our honey mustard chicken or our maple sriracha chicken, but also as stand-alone sides for any meal. They also are a major part of some of our top plant-based recipes, like our vegan chili or our vegan sweet potato curry. Don't worry—we didn't forget about desserts! Our sweet potato cobbler, our sweet potato pie cupcakes, and our sweet potato cheesecake are stars—they're not as associated with Thanksgiving as sweet potato pie, so you can enjoy them all year long.


Sweet Potato Salad

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This sweet potato salad is the perfect way to lighten up any autumnal dinner or even your Thanksgiving spread. Feta, dried cranberries, and red onions pair really nicely with the earthy sweetness of the orange superfood. Did we mention it's great warm or cold?

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Roast sweet potatoes to make your own puree or use canned; either way, you'll still have fluffy, homemade pancakes that are way better than any box mix could produce. Are they breakfast? Dessert? We say, eat 'em for both.

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Sheet-Pan Harissa Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

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We love when a dish’s prep is simple and fast; this sheet-pan chicken recipe is the perfect example. If you roast the sweet potatoes as indicated, your gift = creamy centers and crispy edges, enhanced by jammy red onions. Using bone-in thighs guarantees super-tender chicken too!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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We all love classic sweet potato casserole, but sometimes it feels like the marshmallows steal the spotlight. So this year, why not mix it up—literally—and try mashing them instead?

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Sweet Potato Pie

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With this forever favorite recipe, we’re bringing sweet potato pie into the spotlight and making her shine. Mounds of roasted sweet potato combine with dark brown sugar, vanilla, and spices inside a golden flaky crust for a pie that rivals all other contenders.

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Copycat Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl

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Attention, Sweetgreen lovers! Your regular weekday lunch is about to get an instant upgrade. Loaded with roast chicken, sweet potato, and that signature balsamic vinaigrette, our copycat version of Sweetgreen’s beloved harvest bowl will make your favorite takeout lunch an everyday reality.

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Sweet Potato Gratin

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Your sweet potatoes are tired of being baked. Give them the chance to become something much more exciting and turn them into sweet potato gratin. Just like the OG potatoes au gratin, these sweet potatoes are layered with plenty of cheese and herby cream sauce and baked until golden brown and bubbly. 😍

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Sweet Potato Bread

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This quick bread is drizzled with a thick icing and spiced to perfection with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves (though you can substitute 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice as a shortcut). There's just 1 cup of sugar to keep the taste sweet enough without getting into super-decadent dessert territory. We'll be eating it for breakfast all fall long.

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Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Casserole

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With roasted sweet potatoes and black bean chili layered together under a gooey blanket of cheese, this vegetarian weeknight dinner is both incredibly comforting and surprisingly hearty.

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Perfect Baked Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are totally versatile, but baking them whole in the oven (yep, just like a regular baked potato) is arguably the simplest way to prepare them, and they will be the perfect base for all types of toppings.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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Serve this gnocchi boiled or seared, either in a caramelized sauce of bacon fat, butter, maple syrup, and bourbon (😋), or in a simple cacio e pepe-inspired finish like in our potato gnocchi recipe.

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Autumn Kielbasa Sheet Pan Bake With Creamy Curry Dijon Sauce

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One of our easiest sheet pan dinners, this kielbasa with creamy Dijon sauce recipe just involves tossing the ingredients on a sheet pan and letting the oven do the work.

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West African-Inspired Chicken & Peanut Stew

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The traditional choice for chicken and peanut stew is bone-in, skinless dark meat, but we made it a step easier with boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. The result is a creamy, nutty, spicy, earthy meal that will warm you from the inside out.

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Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows

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Most sweet potato casseroles have only marshmallows or pecans. Don't even think about making this mistake. Topping with a pecan streusel and then marshmallows helps this casserole stand out above ALL the rest.

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BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

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These twice-baked potatoes are loaded with the makings of a full BBQ chicken dinner (and using leftover rotisserie chicken means they come together fast). If you love these, you're going to love these Mexican-inspired twice-baked sweet potatoes too.

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Cacio E Pepe Sweet Potato Noodles

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Looking to convert a spiralized veggie skeptic? Make them these cacio e pepe sweet potato noodles. Tossed in buttery black pepper sauce and showered with Parmesan and Pecorino, these sweet potato noodles are so delicious that no one will even think about asking for “regular” pasta.

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Sweet Potato Pudding

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This silky smooth sweet potato pudding is a lighter, simplified cousin of sweet potato casserole without the topping or crust. It's essentially the filling of sweet potato pie with an optional whipped cream or marshmallow fluff topping. No crust or crimping fuss required!

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Sweet Potato Lasagna

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Lasagnas can do no wrong. They're the most soul-satisfying food around, and this one is no exception. It also proves that pasta isn't necessary. With no noodles to boil, it's almost easier to make than a classic lasagna.

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Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse prepares their killer casserole with layers of mashed, soufflé-like sweet potato gets topped with a crunchy, sweet brown sugar and pecan crust and baked into a winning combination of textures. Pssst: You can also turn this into dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen: They're amazing boiled, baked, sautéed, and fried (we love you, sweet potato fries). That said, one of the easiest and most useful ways to cook sweet potatoes is to roast them—here's how.

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What can I do with too many sweet potatoes? ›

33 Of The Most Delicious Things You Can Do To Sweet Potatoes
  1. Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream Cheese and Avocado. ...
  2. Loaded Sweet Potato Skins. ...
  3. Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting. ...
  4. Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus. ...
  5. Sweet Potato "Nachos" with Cheddar and Black Beans.
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Are very large sweet potatoes good to eat? ›

Contrary to popular opinion, Pleas Hodges of Fairview says a great big sweet potato is just as good as a small one. And he should know. He harvested a couple of enormous sweet potatoes from his garden in Fairview this year, and says they were not mealy or pithy in the least.

Is it OK to eat a sweet potato everyday? ›

If you enjoy sweet potatoes, you can absolutely enjoy them daily. However, eating multiple sweet potatoes every day could cause a harmless condition called carotenodermia, where your skin turns yellow-orange. You may also want to be cautious about your sweet potato intake if you have a history of kidney stones.

Why do African Americans eat sweet potato pie? ›

After emancipation, when African American cooks gained more access to their own equipment and refined ingredients, they continued the tradition of baking with yams and sweet potatoes — especially the pie. These deep roots became the foundation of a strong tradition in African American food culture.

When should you not eat sweet potatoes? ›

Use your senses to determine if your sweet potato is past its prime. First, give it a squeeze. It'll be firm if it's fresh, and mushy if it's not. Other signs to check for are discoloration, shriveled skin, black or brown spots, and suspicious odors.

Are too many sweet potatoes bad for you? ›

Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, and their excessive consumption can lead to hypervitaminosis A (vitamin A toxicity), in which excess vitamin A accumulates in the liver. Although it is not considered harmful, the color of the skin and nails may turn orange. Additionally, sweet potatoes are rich in carbohydrates.

What is the largest sweet potato ever grown? ›

The world's heaviest sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) weighed 37 kg (81 lb 9 oz) on 8 March 2004 and was grown by Manuel Pérez Pérez (Spain) in Güime, Lanzarote, Spain.

Are sweet potatoes really healthier than white potatoes? ›

Sweet potatoes are often touted as being healthier than white potatoes, but in reality, both types can be highly nutritious. While regular and sweet potatoes are comparable in their calorie, protein, and carb content, white potatoes provide more potassium, whereas sweet potatoes are incredibly high in vitamin A.

What is the healthiest way to eat sweet potatoes? ›

Boiling sweet potatoes retains more beta-carotene and makes the nutrient more absorbable than other cooking methods such as baking or frying. Up to 92% of the nutrient can be retained by limiting the cook time, such as boiling in a pot with a tightly covered lid for 20 minutes.

Are sweet potatoes anti inflammatory? ›

The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes has been shown to fight inflammation, and eating them regularly can help ease joint pain and other symptoms of inflammatory conditions like arthritis. If you're looking for a delicious way to reduce inflammation, add some sweet potatoes to a salad or bake alongside protein!

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same? ›

No, yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. Yams have rough, dark brown skin that is often compared to tree bark, and their flesh is dry and starchy like a regular potato. Sweet potatoes have smooth reddish skin, softer flesh (when cooked), and a sweet flavor.

What are black peoples favorite pie? ›

What is the favorite pie of Black people? African-Americans today have continued the tradition of sweet potato pie with holiday dinners. So yes, sweet potato pie is a Black thing – easy enough for anyone to make, and everyone to love!

What country eats the most sweet potatoes? ›

China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of sweetpotato, where it is used for food, animal feed, and processing (as food, starch, and other products).

Why do Americans put marshmallows on sweet potato? ›

According to an article from Saveur Magazine documented by the Library of Congress, the first recipe of mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows dates to 1917, when "marketers of Angelus Marshmallows hired Janet McKenzie Hill, founder of the Boston Cooking School Magazine, to develop recipes for a booklet designed to ...

Can you freeze sweet potatoes? ›

You can store baked sweet potatoes or cooked yams in the freezer. Sweet potatoes have a long shelf life, however if you're looking to increase their longevity you may want to look into storing them into your fridge or freezer. While deciding where to store sweet potatoes keep in mind whether they're raw or cooked.

Can you freeze fresh whole sweet potatoes? ›

You can freeze just about any vegetable, and sweet potatoes are no exception! In fact, you can freeze these tubers in multiple ways — from raw (as long as they're blanched first) or cooked. If you have a lot of sweet potatoes on hand or want to preserve sweet potatoes before they go rotten, this post is for you.

How do you store excess sweet potatoes? ›

Instead, keep your sweet potatoes in a paper bag or basket in a kitchen cabinet, pantry, or basem*nt. Choose a cabinet that's not near the heat of your oven. A spot closer to the floor will be cooler. Sweet potatoes prefer a temperature between 50 and 60 degrees.

Can you freeze whole raw sweet potatoes? ›

It is not recommended that you freeze raw potatoes because they just won't act right in recipes nor will they taste their best. If you want to freeze a whole sweet potato, then it's also important to cook it first. Instead of blanching it whole, though, you'll need to roast it completely.

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