Pretty much every Thanksgiving table includes sweet potatoes in some way, shape, or form. And when it comes to the sweet potato, there are a ton of delicious options that go way beyond the marshmallow-topped casserole.
I know the turkey gets the starring role at Thanksgiving, but when we're talking versatility, sweet potatoes rule the dinner table. Think a turkey would make a good donut? Ew! Or how about hummus? Heck no! But these veggies can be whipped up in those versions and more. We've got you covered from breakfast to dessert with these 15 sweet potato recipes:
Why wait 'til dinnertime to enjoy the Thanksgiving favorite? You can eat it as early as breakfast!
1. Sweet potato pancakes: Start the Thanksgiving tradition early by whipping up sweet potato pancakes. Top with toasted pecans and maple syrup for added fall flavor.
2. Sweet potato doughnuts: If you're not worried about your waistline (and come on now, it's Thanksgiving), then you simply must try these sweet potato doughnuts with maple icing.
If the turkey is taking forever to cook, keep your guests (and their hunger) at bay with some delicious sweet potato appetizers, soups, and salads.
3. Sweet potato squares: Cut baked sweet potatoes drizzled in olive oil, salt, and pepper into cubes. Spear, alongside bits of sausage, onto toothpicks. Make a lemon-garlic mayonnaise for dip (1 cup mayo, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, pepper, salt).
4. Sweet potato and marshmallow glaze: An appetizer cousin to the traditional Thanksgiving side, arrange gazed sweet potatoes and mini marshmallows on top of slices of buttered rustic-bread and then broil.
5. Sweet potato hummus: Your health nut friends will appreciate this dish. Serve with whole wheat pitas.
6. Sweet potato balls: If the glaze was the cousin, the balls are the ... um ... aunt? This recipe calls for mashed sweet potatoes stirred with brown sugar, orange juice, zest, and nutmeg. Then roll it into a ball around a marshmallow so that the marshmallow is in the center. Cover in coconut and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on the last 5 minutes though to make sure the marshmallows don't swell so much they burst. It leaves quite a mess.
7. Salad toppings: Roast chunks of sweet potatoes (it caramelizes them) and toss into a salad along with crunchy nuts and a tangy cheese. A simple lemon-honey vinaigrette will bring out all of the flavors.
8. Sweet potato, leek, and ham soup: A savory soup that has great texture. Perfect for a brisk fall day.
Along with the traditional sweet potato recipe that you serve every year at Thanksgiving (I don't know about you, but there'd be some angry family members if my mother skipped out on her sweet potato casserole), throw in some of these other delicious sweet potato sides.
9. Stuffed herbal sweet potatoes with prosciutto: I've always been a fan of stuffed potatoes, and my love doesn't stop in Idaho. Boil potatoes and, once cooled, cut in half and scoop out the insides leaving just enough thickness to keep them sturdy. Mash the insides so that it's a creamy texture, adding in cream or milk as needed. Then mix in crumbled bleu cheese, minced rosemary, minced thyme, sage leaves, minced garlic clove, pepper, and salt. Stuff the mixture back into the potato, and then wrap potato in prosciutto. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 425 for 30 minutes, turning every few minutes.
10. Chipotle smashed potatoes: Give a zesty spin to the typical smashed sweet potatoes. Mash two large steamed sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add in a whole can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped. Then add in a teaspoon of the actual adobo sauce for good measure. Zing!
11. Sweet potato fries: Cut potatoes into quarters (lengthwise) and dip into a mixture of egg whites, flour, and water until coated. If you're a cheese fan, then coat the taters in parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for about 25 minutes.
12. Sweet potato corn bread stuffing with greens and bacon: Sounds like the entire Thanksgiving dinner all rolled into one dish, doesn't it?
These sweet potato desserts are actually worth skipping turkey seconds for.
13. Old-fashioned sweet potato pie: Recipe straight from chef of the South, Paula Deen, so you know this is tasty and oh so fattening (but we're not counting calories today).
14. Sweet potato streusel: In case you didn't get enough sweet potatoes during the main meal, this sweet potato streusel is a delicious Thanksgiving (or anytime!) dessert. Top with crisp chopped gingersnap cookies for a satisfying crunch.
15. Sweet potato trifle: Layers and layers of pure deliciousness. Just be sure you don't pull a Rachel Green from Friends and combine two trifle recipes into one.
How do you like your sweet potatoes?