Our 18 Best Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving

Sweet Potato Pave Recipe
Photo: Gregory DuPree

Creamy sweet potato and goat cheese gratin. Sweet potato meringue pie. Sweet potato soufflés with a nutty Gruyère crust. Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to the classic marshmallow-topped bake. We love turning the vegetable into a savory soup, or even a cream pie for dessert. Read on for those dishes and more of our favorite sweet potato recipes for Thanksgiving.

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Candied Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon

Candied Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon
Bobby Fisher

This dish packs big flavor with the addition of fresh apple cider and bourbon. And an added bonus? The sweet potatoes can be prepared the night before to make Thanksgiving Day cooking a breeze.

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Sweet-Potato Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Sweet-Potato Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Con Poulos

Tara Jensen makes remarkable pies like this one with vegetables she grows herself.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Greek Yogurt

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Greek Yogurt

Classic mashed sweet potatoes are made even sweeter with a touch of brown sugar and maple syrup, then given a dose of creaminess with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping

Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping
© John Kernick

Instead of marshmallows, these sweet potatoes get a sweet and crunchy topping inspired by Rice Krispies Treats.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
Lucy Schaffer

Sweet potatoes grow in abundance in Alabama, where sculptor Sandi Stevens' family eats them year-round. This casserole is a Stevens favorite: silky pureed sweet potatoes topped with a sweet and crunchy pecan-cornflake topping. If you don't have pecans or cornflakes on hand, Stevens says the topping can be made with whatever nut or cereal is in the cupboard.

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Sweet Potato Soufflé with Molasses Sauce

Sweet Potato Soufflé with Molasses Sauce

This dish is a French take on an American classic. You can serve it without the molasses sauce for a lighter and less sweet version.

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Maple-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Maple-baked sweet potatoes

Parboiling the sweet potatoes shortens the cooking time and keeps them moist.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmellows
© David Malosh

In this clever version of candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, Grace Parisi mashes sweet potatoes with deeply flavorful grade B maple syrup and butter before stuffing them back into their skins and baking them a second time.

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Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter

Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
© Lucy Schaeffer

You only need four ingredients for this recipe—sweet potatoes, unsalted butter, apple butter, and salt.

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Vanilla Bean-Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Vanilla Bean-Whipped Sweet Potatoes
© Frances Janisch

Everyone at your holiday table will fall for this combination of creamy pureed potato and fragrant vanilla.

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Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans

Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans

Jose Garces says this dish best exemplifies his Thanksgiving menu: traditional at its core but with unexpected Latin accents. The gratin is silky and sweet, topped with gooey marshmallows and delightfully crunchy pecans flavored with chile powder.

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Sweet-Potato Meringue Pie

Sweet potato meringue pie
© TINA RUPP

This dish looks like a pumpkin pie, but the filling is actually made with sweet potato.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Okra Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Okra Salad
© John Kernick

Marcus Samuelsson drew on African staples like yams and okra to create this completely original recipe of roasted sweet potatoes tossed with red potatoes, wilted spinach and sauteed okra. Toasted mustard seeds and a caper vinaigrette give this delicious salad a nutty, tangy flavor.

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Sweet Potato Soufflé

Sweet Potato Souffle
© Lucy Schaeffer

These mashed sweet potatoes are topped with Gruyere then baked so that the cheese forms a nutty-flavored crust.

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Chicken, Sweet Potato and Rice Casserole

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Rice Casserole
© Ian Knauer

The rice in this casserole filling is cooked until it starts to fall apart, thickening the liquid.

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Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Gratin

Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin

Goat cheese fans will love the tang that the cheese adds to this sweet and luscious gratin, with its crispy topping.

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Sweet Potato Pie with Honeycrisp-Kabocha Salad

Sweet Potato Pie with Honeycrisp Kabocha Salad Recipe
Marcus Nilsson

With more eggs than a traditional pumpkin pie, this pie-version is much richer and matches the creamy texture of the accompanying licorice ice cream.

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Sweet Potato Pavé

Sweet Potato Pave Recipe
Gregory DuPree

The key to this crispy dish is super thin layers of sweet potato, easiest achieved by (carefully!) using a mandoline.

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