20 Simple Sweet Potato Recipes
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.
Sweet potato tamales
Precooked cornmeal, ground from cooked corn kernels, is the key to quick tamales.
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.
Creamy millet porridge with candied sweet potatoes and pistachios
Millet, often used as a gluten-free substitute for oats, is linked to healthy digestion and has a high protein content. This porridge will be creamier than regular oatmeal and is comparable to the texture of polenta or grits.
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.
Scallop ceviche and sweet potato
This recipe is made with ají limo paste, a Peruvian ceviche staple made from tiny ají chiles.
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.
Sweet potato tots
These sweet potato tots are unlike anything you can buy at the store. They have a crisp, cornmeal-dusted exterior while the inside tastes like the world’s best barbecue-flavored potato chip. We like our tots dipped in ketchup, but a spicy Sriracha mayo would be delicious, too.
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.
Pan-roasted sweet potatoes with fennel
In this delicious vegetable pan roast, sweet potatoes are tossed with fennel wedges and then roasted until tender and carmelized.
Chicken, sweet potato, and rice casserole
The rice in this casserole filling is cooked until it starts to fall apart, thickening the liquid.