Our 35 Best Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving
Creamy sweet potato and goat cheese gratin. Cranberry-glazed sweet potatoes. 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. Related: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide
Candied Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon
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.
Sweet-Potato Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Tara Jensen makes remarkable pies like this one with vegetables she grows herself.
Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallow Swirls
Star chef Tyler Florence serves the traditional combination of sweet potatoes and marshmallows in a unique way, standing roasted potatoes upright and piping swirls of homemade marshmallow on top.
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.
Sweet Potato Pierogi with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce
These irresistible sweet potato pierogi are perfect for fall. Spoon over some sage brown butter sauce and make it a great fall dinner.
Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping
Instead of marshmallows, these sweet potatoes get a sweet and crunchy topping inspired by Rice Krispies Treats.
Sweet Potato Casserole
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.
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.
Maple-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Parboiling the sweet potatoes shortens the cooking time and keeps them moist.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows
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.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Ginger
These delicious pureed sweet potatoes are elevated with luxurious coconut cream and zesty fresh ginger.
Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
This easy soup combines sweet potatoes and apples, two fall staples. After roasting sweet potatoes, a quick spin in the blender with some seasonings brings the whole thing together.
Mashed Sweet Potato Gratin with Smoked Gouda and Shallots
This healthy and delicious gratin is low on dairy, thanks to a combination of sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes, which create the perfect creamy texture.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Onion Salad
Browned onions and argula make for excellent sweet potato companions in this autumnal salad.
Five-Spice Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Toffee
Crunchy toffee stands in for the usual marshmallow topping on these potatoes, which Shawn McClain glazes with brown sugar and spice-scented butter.
Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
You only need four ingredients for this recipe—sweet potatoes, unsalted butter, apple butter, and salt.
Vanilla Bean-Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Everyone at your holiday table will fall for this combination of creamy pureed potato and fragrant vanilla.
Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
This ingenious dish uses the liquid from simmered cranberries as a tart glaze for sweet potatoes, while the cooked berries make an attractive garnish. Because the potatoes are spread out in a single layer, the dish resembles an apple tart.
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.
Herb-Topped Sweet Potato Biscuits
These biscuits get a kick from cayenne pepper and an aromatic lift from fresh herbs. Mashing the sweet potatoes with a fork means that the biscuits will be flecked throughout with orange.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Apple Cider Sauce
We love how sage and sweet potatoes pair together in this recipe.
Sweet Potato Panna Cotta
Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi makes a mean sweet potato panna cotta, paired with Cinnamon Toast Croutons.
Sweet-Potato Meringue Pie
This dish looks like a pumpkin pie, but the filling is actually made with sweet potato.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Okra Salad
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.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
These mashed sweet potatoes are topped with Gruyere then baked so that the cheese forms a nutty-flavored crust.
Sweet Potatoes with Curried Puffed Grains
Chefs are puffing up all kinds of grains to add a texture jolt. Here, Grace Parisi's take on the trend: A homemade curry mix--using store-bought ingredients like puffed rice, wheat, corn and--becomes the crisp, playful topping on these easy twice-baked sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potato Spoon Bread
Spoon bread, a cross between corn bread and souffle, is a Southern classic. Robert Stehling likes to add cooked spinach or fresh corn and chopped and sauteed bacon or ham to his plain sweet potato version.
Chicken, Sweet Potato and Rice Casserole
The rice in this casserole filling is cooked until it starts to fall apart, thickening the liquid.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Yogurt
Whipping boiled sweet potatoes in a food processor incorporates tons of air, resulting in a lighter-than-ever texture. These ultra-silky, three-ingredient potatoes are lightly sweet and extra creamy thanks to vegan coconut yogurt, which can be found in the yogurt section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find the vegan version, you can substitute canned coconut cream (not coconut milk).
Sesame-Coated Sweet Potato Croquettes
At the Africa Cafe in Cape Town, diners sit down to communal feasts by chef and co-owner Portia de Smidt. The Pan-African offerings might include these delicious fried yam balls from Malawi, a small country north of South Africa. De Smidt refines the recipe and accentuates its origins by rolling the balls in sesame seeds, a typically Malawian ingredient.
Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Gratin
Goat cheese fans will love the tang that the cheese adds to this sweet and luscious gratin, with its crispy topping.
Sweet Potato Pie with Honeycrisp-Kabocha Salad
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.
Cinnamon-Spiced Candied Sweet Potatoes
Inspired by camotes enmielados—a sweet and syrupy Mexican dessert often served in honor of Día de los Muertos—these spiced sweet potatoes are the perfect stand-in for candied yams with toasted marshmallows. For an elegant twist, add the toasted meringue topping and watch the compliments roll in.