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.
Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
French Onion Dip with Sweet Potato Chips
Ditch the sodium-bomb seasoning packets and sour cream-and-mayonnaise–laden dip (which can pack a small meal’s worth of calories and sat fat into a single serving) for our homemade dip. And be patient with the caramelizing process—slowly sizzled onions have noteworthy sweetness and concentrated umami. You’ll know the onions are done when they become deep chestnut in color and nearly melt-in-your-mouth tender. And because no dip is complete without a dipper, baked sweet potatoes will satisfy your chip craving for half the calories of most bagged varieties. Dehydrating the potatoes in the oven before roasting helps them develop crispy edges and tender centers. With big flavor and less heft, our healthier ode to the classic is a delicious way to sneak in extra vegetables.
Sweet Potato and Shrimp Cakes with Nuoc Cham
I consider this dish a modern Vietnamese cook's interpretation of a classic. If you can find white sweet potatoes, use them--they're drier and less sweet than their orange cousins. Place the dipping sauce in a bowl surrounded by the lettuce and herbs so guests can build their own lettuce wraps as they like.
Chipotle-Glazed Sweet Potato Spears with Lime
Spice up roasted sweet potatoes with a glaze of honey, butter, chipotle powder and lime juice.
Wild Mushroom-and-Sweet Potato Gratin
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Cherry Salsa
The meaty texture of fresh cherries holds up in a salsa that goes well with the charred sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potato-and-Red Lentil Curry
This fragrant, Indian-style stew hits all the right notes with aromatic garam masala, fresh ginger, and concentrated red curry paste. The coconut milk mellows and loosens the potato and lentil mixture just enough so that it can be spooned over rice.
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Mix up your weeknight dinner with this savory bowl made with tender, fluffy farro—a nutty, ancient wheat grain that is equally tasty when whipped into risottos or tossed into salads—and roasted vegetables made ever more flavorful with curry powder. The hearty grain bowl is finished with toasted pecans for a great crunch and a creamy dollop of tangy yogurt sauce to diversify the textures. While roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes would be delicious seasoned with salt and pepper alone, the addition of garlic and curry powder adds a dynamic flavor palette that is needed to complement the neutral grain base and simple toppings. Overall, the result is a filling and healthy dinner option you can whip up in less than an hour. Even better, the farro can be prepared up to two days in advance. Just store it covered in the refrigerator, and then reheat before serving. We think this grain bowl would be wonderful topped with grilled or roasted chicken flavored with curry powder, garlic, salt, and pepper to add more protein if desired.
Sweet Potato Medallions with Almond Sauce and Chickpea Salad
It may seem too good to be true, but it's not: This impressive plate requires only 5 ingredients (water, oil, salt, and pepper are freebies). In place of almond butter, you can use any nut butter you like--try peanut, cashew, or sunflower butter. And if canned chickpeas aren't in your pantry, try cannellini or navy beans.
Braised Brisket with Sweet Potatoes
This comforting baked brisket and sweet potatoes make a delicious fall meal when the temperature starts to drop.
Sweet Potato Tortillas
Caribbean Sweet Potato Soup
Blend everyone’s favorite low-carb spud with floral lemongrass, fresh ginger, and creamy coconut milk for a Caribbean dish to warm even your coldest winter nights. Ladle into dark bowls for a bold contrast to the sunset-orange color (thanks, turmeric!), then give it a Pollock-like drizzle of coconut cream.
Sheet Pan Parmesan "Fried" Chicken with Broccoli and Sweet Potato Wedges
In addition to getting the food into the oven in stages, you should also prep the food in stages to make most efficient use of your time. As the oven preheats, skin and bread the chicken; when the chicken goes in, prepare the sweet potatoes. Once those go in, get the broccoli ready. To easily skin the drumsticks, use a paper towel to grab an edge of the skin on the fat end, then pull down. Keep in mind that drumsticks can vary in size, and the cook time is calculated for 31/2-ounce ones; we had good luck buying organic drumsticks, which tended to be smaller than conventional.
Fish House Sweet Potato Hash
We absolutely love this simple, comforting hash. It pairs well with almost anything--Grilled Trout with Cherry Compote, as well as roast chicken, pork chops, steak, and even sunny-side-up eggs. If you would like to get a head start on the recipe, you can bake the sweet potatoes a day or two ahead; then you'll only need about 15 minutes to pull the dish together.
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.
Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Soup
This velvety-smooth sweet potato soup feels like fall and tastes company-worthy sophisticated, but it’s ready to serve in under 30 minutes. How? We tap a flavor-packed store-bought satay sauce to serve as the base of the soup, and the rest is easy. Thai peanut satay sauce delivers bold, complex flavors—from elements like garlic, lemongrass, coconut milk, and warming spices—with only as much effort as it takes to open the bottle on your end. We opted for Thai Kitchen brand sauce, but feel free to use whatever brand you like. This flavorful soup is equally awesome for a weeknight dinner as it is as an opening course for a holiday dinner party, and no one would ever guess it’s as easy as it is to whip up. Plus, this Thai-inspired bowl of comfort is completely vegan, making it a great option to serve when entertaining friends who maintain a plant-based diet. It’s also a great option to prep on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. To save even more time, go for pre-chopped onions.
Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip
What's good about it: Sweet potatoes are naturally silky textured yet low in fat. They're also a great source of beta-carotene and fiber. Serve with baby bok choy, separated into leaves.
Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata
Smart shortcuts deliver a frittata that’s perfect for a busy weeknight or headlining a weekend brunch menu. Microwaving the sweet potatoes helps them cook faster; Canadian bacon adds flavor with half the saturated fat of regular bacon.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Paprika-Honey Butter
Curried Sweet Potato-Yogurt Dip
Sweet potatoes make a wonderful base for a creamy dip, creating a smooth texture and faintly sweet flavor. Toasting the curry paste in the first step helps to deepen the flavor and is worth the extra couple of minutes.
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.
Sweet Potato and Sausage Strata
If you make this dish ahead, bring it to room temperature before baking so it will reheat evenly.
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.
Sweet Potato Soup
Southwestern Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
Hashes are a great way to incorporate vegetables into the first meal of the day. Here we’ve added a Southwestern spin with chili powder and cumin. Give the potatoes a head start by microwaving them until just shy of tender, then finish them off in the skillet for that coveted crispy texture. Use the leftover black beans to boost protein and fiber in salads, soups, or grain bowls.