21 Baked Sweet Potato Recipes
When the standard baked potato won't do, maybe reach for a sweet potato instead. Sweet potatoes offer a different flavor profile that compliments so many other variations of ingredients. Sweet potatoes can easily become a dessert when paired with sweet ingredients like cinnamon, sugar, marshmallows, or candied pecans, but can also deliver a savory attitude when paired with items such as bacon, chorizo, spinach, and cheese. These hearty potatoes can make an excellent main dish or even a great side at the dinner table. How will you top yours?
Sweet Potato Stacks with Sage Browned Butter
Holiday sweet potato sides can lean toward too-sweet territory; a dose of salty, nutty Parmesan balances the flavor in these adorable, delicious stacks. Get the kids to help by having them stack the slices and cheese in the muffin cups as you follow behind with the browned butter.
Sesame-Ginger-Chickpea-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sesame, especially toasted sesame oil, is a key flavor in many Asian cuisines. It makes sense that tahini would fit here too, especially as a finishing touch for roasted sweet potatoes with Sriracha.
Chorizo and Kale-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Zucchini-Arugula Salad
A combo of superlean ground turkey and rich ground pork gives you the ideal mix of flavor and texture while staying nice and light.
Twice-Cooked Sweet Potatoes with Citrus and Honey
Tamari, a darker, richer soy sauce, is optional in this recipe, but its savory flavor makes the dish more interesting.
BBQ-Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
Maximize the space in your hot oven by roasting several sweet potatoes at once. You could also use the same method to roast beets or a head of garlic. The foil traps in the steam for moist, tender sweet potato flesh. Refrigerate the remaining foil-wrapped spuds for up to one week. To turn this popular side into a meal, we stuff the potatoes with saucy barbeque pork tenderloin, a “hacked” version of an hours-long barbeque pork shoulder. You could sub the pork for chicken, or go vegetarian with a baked bean filling and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese.
Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes
If you can't find small sweet potatoes, cook 2 larger ones and serve each person a half.
Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Gastrique
From the Kitchen of…Hugh Acheson, Longtime Cooking Light Friend
"This dish is an example of the synergy of my Northern and Southern roots. My Canadian veins are partially full of maple syrup, and I adore the Southern staple crop of the sweet potato."
The gastrique, a tangy-sweet glaze, is Thanksgiving worthy but also simple enough to pull off on a weekday.
Baked Whole Sweet Potatoes
Here's a simple way to bake sweet potatoes. If desired, serve with butter, pepper, and salt.
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.Slideshow: More Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are terrific with just a little butter and seasoning. Purists will love this recipe but if you need a little something extra, try sprinkling brown sugar or ground cinnamon over the top for a finishing touch.
Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Smoky, fiery chipotle powder counters the warm, sweet five-spice powder and the naturally sweet spuds. For less kick, use 1/4 teaspoon chipotle. Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper to help prevent burning.
Foil-Packet Sweet Potato Hash
Making a big brunch can be fun, but the tower of dirty dishes piled in the sink definitely isn’t. Next time you feel the urge to cook a big meal, consider foil-packet hash and eggs. It may not sound like much, but this flavor-packed breakfast is hearty with just the right amount of heat.
Toss cubed sweet potato with cumin, paprika, and plenty of salt, and drop them into wide foil boats. Drop in bell peppers, onion, and sweet chicken sausage, then bake until the potatoes are tender. Just before the vegetables are finished, crack an egg into the center of each foil packet, and cook until it’s just set. This is hands-down one of the easiest ways to eat vegetables for breakfast.
Foil-Packet Sweet Potato Hash
Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Bacon-Pecan Topping
Every year, Williams-Sonoma holds a competition among their corporate employees for the best Thanksgiving side dishes. This recipe is adapted from Rachel Thur's winning recipe. I enjoyed it so much that I served it at Thanksgiving the following week, and everyone asked for the recipe. It must be something about the contrast of smooth sweet potatoes, salty bacon, and crunchy pecans mixed with the right amount of brown sugar. I owe you one, Rachel!
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
By twice-baking these potatoes, the skin gets extra crispy and the interior extra tender. Top these potatoes with your favorite ingredients for a truly delightful meal or side dish.
Quick-and-Easy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
When you want an easy side or main dish item for dinner, look no further than these fantastic and easy twice-baked sweet potatoes. Make them savory or sweet by topping them with creative ingredient ideas, like toasted nuts, beans, or veggies.
Stuffed Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Take the traditional baked potato and raise it up a few notches by swapping it out for a sweet potato and stuffing it with some great ingredients like bacon and sour cream. The flavor of this potato is fantastic and the sweet potato offers tantalizingly good flavor.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Spinach Topping
Make these sweet potatoes a savory affair by topping them with a creamy and delicious spinach topping. The spinach makes a hearty (and healthy!) addition and offsets the creaminess, working in tandem with the sweet potato to deliver a truly delicious and nutritious meal or side dish.
Apple-Pecan-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This baked potato finds its sweet side with the addition of apples, raisins, pecans, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It's like a miniature sweet potato casserole, so what's not to love?
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Bacon and Sour Cream
Just like traditional baked potatoes, these loaded sweet potatoes get the royal treatment when topped with bacon and sour cream. They're savory, delicious, and work well as weeknight meal idea.
Vanilla Sweet Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes with West African-Style Peanut Sauce
Peanuts are integral to West African cooking. The nutty, spicy flavors in the filling complement the sweet potato. Serve with grilled chicken and Broccolini.