59 Savory Sweet Potato Recipes
Step away from the marshmallow topping—although they’re inherently saccharine, sweet potatoes expertly adapt to ingredients and recipes that suit savory tastes. The vibrant tubers are hearty enough to comprise the main attraction, but are also lovely sliced into chips, skewers, or bite-sized portions. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile, so give them a go: Grill them, stuff them, or puree them into soup. You could even skip the sugary casserole and bring one of these savory sweet potato dishes to Thanksgiving.
Southwestern-Style Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Piled high with fresh and spicy toppings, these supper-worthy spuds make a satisfying meatless main dish. Quinoa and black beans join forces to keep you full with fiber and protein; the quick sheet pan–roasted salsa steals the show with its balance of fresh and charred flavors. If you can’t find Cotija cheese at your market, crumbly queso fresco or goat cheese would make delicious substitutes.
Sweet Potato-and-Mushroom Risotto
When two starchy, creamy elements combine, the result is pure comfort. Pureed sweet potatoes give this risotto a golden hue and a subtle sweetness. For a little crunch, you can try sprinkling each serving with crumbled bacon or toasted nuts (hazelnuts or pecans would be delicious).
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Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder
Great for a game-day get-together, this hearty and creamy soup feeds a crowd with little hands-on time required.
Microwave Sweet Potato Chips
When the chip craving strikes, look no further than these healthy, homemade chips. Pro tip: You'll need a mandoline to slice the potato thin enough to crisp.
Whole Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Fennel, and Apple
For an easy, autumnal dinner, this whole roasted chicken is the way to go. Perched on a bed of root veggies, fennel, apples, and mushrooms, this chicken becomes irresistibly crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. Apples and mushrooms absorb the savory chicken fat and slowly break down throughout the slow-roasting process, making them almost melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The sheet pan will be crowded upon assembly, but don't fret, roasting will shrink the veggie and apple mixture's size.
Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Grape Salsa
Spicy, sweet, and totally addictive, this easy appetizer starts with preseasoned fries.
Thai Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
This healthy dinner for one is loaded with big flavor and couldn’t be easier to throw together. Bonus: It’s made entirely in the microwave.
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
Sweet potatoes give this pizza a hearty and flavorful, yet gluten-free crust.
Zesty Kale and Sweet Potato Bowl
This loaded veggie bowl gets a touch of smoke from the chili-spiced sweet potatoes and roasted bell pepper and plenty of zing from fresh lime. Chili powder and lime also give toasted almonds an addictive crust; make extra and enjoy as a snack. Cotija cheese has a dry, crumbly texture—it won’t melt or disappear into the bowl. Use it to top tacos, stir into whole-grain salads, or top roasted broccoli.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
This holiday season, skip the usual marshmallow-topped casserole and serve this Savory Sweet Potato Casserole for a change of pace. Because sweet potatoes are so naturally sweet, they are nicely balanced by this savory Parmesan-herb streusel topping. The topping is made with day-old sourdough bread, but you can use another type of stale white bread such as country white, if you prefer. To cut down on sticky clean up, place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet before roasting them. We promise, no one will miss the marshmallows.
Purple Sweet Potato Latkes with Tobiko
Slow Cooker Beef-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Leaving the peels on the sweet potatoes has three benefits: Prep is faster, you add more fiber, and the potatoes hold their shape better after the 7-hour simmer. Besides, the peels get so tender that you barely notice they're there. If you'd like to change things up, try parsnips in place of the sweet potatoes; they have a similar sweetness and earthier flavor. For less sweetness, you can try small red potatoes or baby Yukon Golds. You don't need to fully cook the ground beef before it goes into the slow cooker; just cook it enough to "set" the shape of the crumbles.
Sweet Potato Burrito
The team at Lucky Peach is not playing around with their vegetables. The James Beard Award-winning food publication, helmed by Peter Meehan, isn’t saying you necessarily need to go full-on vegan, or even abandon your precious bacon, but their new cookbook Power Vegetables: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts provides a pretty compelling argument for relegating meat to a supporting role and letting produce take center stage. In this endlessly customizable, and so very breakfast-friendly burrito, roasted sweet potatoes pack healthy heft, bolstered by smoky, earthy spices like cumin, coriander, and cloves. Meat will be but a distant dream, and you’ll face your day with a belly full of burrito, plus plenty of energy and pleasure.
Sweet Potato Burritos
In this morning’s production of YOUR BURRITO, the role of Chorizo will be played by its understudy, Sweet Potato. Please remember to silence your cell phones before the show begins.
Excerpted from Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts. Copyright © 2016 by Lucky Peach, LLC. Published with permission by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
Broiled Flat Iron Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
This one-pan meal is a crowd-pleaser and testament to how 4 ingredients can come together to form a supremely satisfying dish, ready in a flash. We broil the steak over the veggies so the meat juices baste them as they cook.
Savory Sweet Potato Mash
Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes
If you can't find small sweet potatoes, cook 2 larger ones and serve each person a half.
Sweet Potato Home Fries with Eggs
With the sweet potatoes already roasted the day before, this breakfast is ready in a flash. Serve with 1 orange or 2 clementines to complete the meal.
Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
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.
Mushroom Quiche With Sweet Potato Crust
Sweet potatoes make the perfect gluten-free crust for this custardy quiche. Brown the mushrooms with garlic to deepen their meaty flavor.
Sweet Potato and Chard Salad
Be sure to dice the sweet potato into relatively similar-size small pieces to ensure quick, even cooking. This one-pot cooking method shows how easy it is to cook potatoes and greens to the perfect doneness in the same pot—just start the potatoes a few minutes ahead, then add the chard. While the potatoes and chard cook, warm precooked farro in the microwave, or make a batch of quick-cooking farro on the stovetop. For the best flavor, use tarragon vinegar, which is infused with fresh tarragon flavor. In a pinch, use white wine vinegar.
Easy Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon
We spiced up plain-Jane lentil soup with the addition of tender sweet potato chunks, fire-roasted tomatoes, and bacon. This rich, comforting, smoky soup is perfect if you are planning a tailgate event or weekend party because it can be prepared up to three days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. It tastes even better when the flavors have had a chance to marry.
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.
Grilled Chipotle Chicken and Sweet Potato Toss
Adobo sauce, what surrounds the chipotle chiles in the can, is a fantastic single-ingredient wet rub for grilled chicken, smoky with just a touch of heat that won't be overwhelming for kids.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
In my hometown, you'll find a local twist on sausage balls, the ubiquitous Southern nibble. Sweet potato farmers' wives often mix a bit of roasted sweet potato into the dough. I've switched out breakfast sausage for peppery Mexican-style chorizo.
Sweet Potato Cakes with Chicken and Poblano Relish
Crispy potato cakes are a no-brainer for leftover roasted potatoes and are the perfect canvas for so many flavors from sweet to spicy. These cakes are topped with a smoky poblano relish and shredded chicken to make a meal. Quick-cooking oats add heft and sturdiness to the patties without weighing them down. Swap the all-purpose flour for rice or oat flour for a gluten-free main. The potato cakes would also be a fantastic appetizer: Form smaller patties before cooking and top with the poblano mixture or a fresh mango salsa.
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.
Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
This hearty sheet pan supper is a cinch to make, even on the busiest weeknight. The secret to crisp, breaded pork chops? Dredge only one side of each pork chop in the panko mixture to keep the underside of the meat from becoming soggy.
Steak, Sweet Potato, and Blue Cheese Salad
Sweet Potato Noodles with Shrimp and Thai-Style Almond Sauce
Smarter carbs are easy with the handy spiralizer--it works like a pencil sharpener to create long strands of veggies. Find the tool at kitchen stores and amazon.com.
Ham and Sweet Potato Hash
This colorful breakfast-for-dinner dish uses sweet potatoes and red bell peppers for a double hit of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that most recently was shown to potentially lower breast cancer risk.