Sweet Potato Fries
One of our favorite hotels in Chicago flavors its sweet potato fries with furikake, a Japanese seasoning made from salt, sesame seeds and nori that the restaurant spikes with chile or hot paprika. If you can't find furikake (sold at Asian markets), substitute chipotle chile powder.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
These flaky biscuits make an attractive, dusky-orange topping for the vegetable potpies; alternatively, they can be cooked separately and served alongside roast meat and poultry or even eaten by themselves for breakfast.
Sweet-Potato Meringue Pie
This dish looks like a pumpkin pie, but the filling is actually made with sweet potato.
Sweet Potato Tamales
Precooked cornmeal, ground from cooked corn kernels, is the key to quick tamales. Don't confuse this with standard cornmeal, which is made from dried uncooked corn kernels.
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 and Tomato Sauce
Sweet potatoes make an excellent addition to tomato sauce—they are sweet and creamy and balance acidic tomatoes perfectly.
Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
The perfect warm dish for fall or winter, this sweet potato recipe has a fantastic texture too.
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.
Two-Potato Flatbread with Olives and Feta
American farmers harvest more than a million acres of potatoes each year, making it the country's top vegetable crop. Both the sweet and white kinds appear along with olives and feta on the flatbread here, which is baked until the edges of the potatoes crisp and the cheese starts to melt.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
These mashed sweet potatoes are topped with Gruyère then baked so that the cheese forms a nutty-flavored crust.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows
In this clever version of candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows (one of Gary Vaynerchuk's favorite Thanksgiving dishes), 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.
Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Baking the doughnuts and tossing them with a little butter, cinnamon and sugar makes them healthier than fried doughnuts. The sweet potato in the dough adds a lovely, earthy flavor. Instead of slowly baking the potato in the oven, microwave it for just 10 minutes.
Vanilla Bean-Whipped Sweet Potatoes
New York chef Gerry Hayden, a friend of the Minas, was staying with the family one Christmas and contributed this side dish to the holiday meal. Everybody fell for the combination of creamy pureed potato and fragrant vanilla.
Andouille-and-Sweet Potato Pie with Tangy Apple Salad
To make this recipe even easier, make the crust in a food processor and substitute watercress for the mustard greens in the salad.
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, essential for vision. The soup uses only one cup of the ginger broth; the rest makes a terrific cooking liquid for grains like quinoa.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Wasabi and Wasabi Tobiko
Rachel Klein mixes sweet and spicy flavors in this whimsical recipe, stirring pungent wasabi paste into crème fraîche to top the slightly sweet latkes and garnishing them with wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe) and peppery radish sprouts.
Sweet Potato Tart with Red Wine Caramel
Michael Laiskonis likes to roast the sweet potatoes for the filling instead of boiling them because he feels the flavor becomes deeper and sweeter.
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.
Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Fennel
Luckily, these roasted vegetables can be refrigerated overnight.
Sweet Potato Panna Cotta
Italian through and through, this panna cotta classic gets a reboot with the addition of sweet potato.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Chowder
All the ingredients in the chowder point to a rich, buttery Chardonnay.
Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans
The gratin is silky and sweet, topped with gooey marshmallows and delightfully crunchy pecans flavored with chile powder.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Salsify, Chestnuts and Ham
Michel Nischan transforms a traditional Italian dish with local produce and country ham. "This satisfies people's yearning for pasta, but with a more American approach," he says.
Sweet Potato, Balsamic Onion and Soppressata Pizza
Every winter, Green Aisle's backyard becomes a charcuterie cellar—the landlord strings homemade soppressata on the trees to dry. Adam Erace uses the soppressata to top this clever prebaked-crust pizza, along with mashed sweet potatoes and mozzarella cheese.
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. "This is real comfort food for me," Sue Torres says. "I love that it's creamy without containing any cream."
Grilled Strip Steaks with Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Frank Stitt pairs these steaks with smoky sweet potato hash browns: "Sweet potatoes have so much personality for such an inexpensive, humble ingredient."
Island Kale and Sweet-Potato Soup
Inspired by Caribbean callaloo, this tropical, coconut-milk-spiked soup can be mildly or wildly spicy, according to your taste. If you like it hot, add some or all of the jalapeño seeds or a splash of Tabasco sauce.
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.