21 Simple Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potatoes are one of the most delicious, comforting, and easy-to-use fall and winter ingredients—sweet and savory, they're versatile, to boot. Sometimes, there's nothing cozier than a simple baked sweet potato, piping hot out of the oven. For an easy, healthy, nutrition-packed weeknight dinner side dish, it's hard to beat the savory-sweet creaminess of mashed sweet potatoes. Looking to include more sweet potatoes in your cooking repertoire this year? Here are 20 of our favorite simple and healthy sweet potato recipes for inspiration—try a sweet potato casserole, sweet potatoes with cider and brown sugar, and our best sweet potato pies to start.
Sweet potato spoon bread
Spoon bread, a cross between corn bread and soufflé, is a Southern classic. Robert Stehling likes to add cooked spinach or fresh corn and chopped and sautéed bacon or ham to his plain sweet potato version.
Sweet potato and feta bourekas
Bourekas are crisp, savory little parcels filled with anything from vegetables and cheese to ground meat. Inspired by his grandmother's recipe, Michael Solomonov's version is stuffed with sweet potato, Bulgarian feta, dill, and olives.
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.
Oxtail and white sweet potato stew
A red wine braise, complete with other mulling ingredients like fresh orange and whole spices, makes the oxtails in this stew fall-apart tender and flavorful.
Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans
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 sautéed okra. Toasted mustard seeds and a caper vinaigrette give this delicious salad a nutty, tangy flavor.
Sweet Potato–Coconut Soup with Thai Curry
A trio of coconut—coconut oil, coconut milk and toasted coconut flakes—makes its way into this fragrant and lovely twist on a classic soup from cookbook author Melissa Clark.
Sweet potato, chipotle, and apple soup
This silky soup gets its smoky sweetness from pureed chipotle peppers, a Mexican staple, and the surprising addition of apples.
Curried shrimp and sweet potato stir-fry
This easy and healthy shrimp stir-fry comes together in less than 20 minutes and tastes delicious over simple jasmine rice.
Sweet potato, balsamic onion, and soppressata pizza
Use soppressata to top this clever prebaked-crust pizza, along with mashed sweet potatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Sweet potato meringue pie
This sweet-potato pie looks like a pumpkin pie, but the filling is actually made with sweet potato.
Candied Sweet Potato Pancakes
This quick-fix recipe is the ideal breakfast for the morning after Thanksgiving—or any time you have leftover candied sweet potatoes on hand. The addition of mashed sweet potatoes gives them a beautiful color and keeps them extra moist and tender. Since the potatoes are already sweetened, Douglass Williams, a 2020 F&W Best New Chef, cuts back the amount of brown sugar in the pancakes and plays up the warming cinnamon and clove.
Sweet potato hummus
Here, sweet potatoes add a hint of sweetness to regular hummus.
Baked sweet potato and tempeh empanadas
Tempeh has a long way to go before it becomes as popular as other soy products, but its wonderfully firm texture and versatility make it an excellent protein source. Here, it's a stand-in for ground meat in a vegan baked empanada.
Maple-baked sweet potatoes
Parboiling the sweet potatoes shortens the cooking time and keeps them moist.
Sweet potatoes with almond pesto
This chunky almond pesto is an excellent complement to potatoes, and it's also good on pasta.
Sweet potato hash browns
Using sweet potatoes in place of white potatoes makes these hash browns a little sweet; mixing them with poblanos and lemon juice makes the dish taste bright.
Vegetarian tortilla soup with sweet potato
This hearty vegetarian tortilla soup pulls its flavor from plenty of seasonings and bright and tender sweet potatoes. To make this soup vegan, substitute vegan sour cream and cheese.
Vanilla Bean-Whipped Sweet Potatoes
The late New York chef Gerry Hayden created this side flavorful dish, a combination of creamy pureed potato and fragrant vanilla.
Chicken, sweet potato, and rice casserole
The rice in this casserole filling is cooked until it starts to fall apart, thickening the liquid.
Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
Pro Tip: Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until creamy, then mash in the butter and apple butter. Season with a dash of salt and serve.